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Moving Your IT to
the Cloud
DEVELOPING AN ENTERPRISE CLOUD STRATEGY
Thought Exercise: What if all your IT was in the
Cloud?
Reduced or eliminated capital expenses
Rapidly met computing deman...
But there are challenges to an all-Cloud
approach!
Business regulations
Support for legacy systems
Security
Service level ...
You need an Enterprise Cloud Strategy !
Offers a Framework for selecting
cloud providers
• Costs analysis
• Provider lock-...
Benefits of an Enterprise Cloud Strategy
 Produces the business and financial requirements for cloud solutions
 Establis...
Determine what stays in your data center
and what moves to the Cloud
Cloud-centric application
rationalization and profili...
Inevitably some, much, or all will stay in your
data center…for now…
 Not all applications and services run more cheaply ...
So we transform your data center into a
private cloud
Gain benefits of the Cloud, at
smaller scale, but with full control
...
And integrate your private cloud with
public cloud solutions
 Develop or acquire a cloud management platform (CMP)
 Abil...
Remember to plan for operations and
management of your enterprise cloud
 Organizational considerations
 Roles & responsi...
Do you have an enterprise cloud
strategy?
There’s a tremendous amount of work involved with getting Cloud
right! You’re bu...
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Moving your IT to the Cloud with an Enterprise Cloud Strategy

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Gaining business benefits from Cloud requires much more than just using a cloud provider because they're cheaper: You need an Enterprise Cloud Strategy. This presentation addresses why you need an Enterprise Cloud Strategy, what your strategy should encompass, and what benefits will be gained.

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Moving your IT to the Cloud with an Enterprise Cloud Strategy

  1. 1. Moving Your IT to the Cloud DEVELOPING AN ENTERPRISE CLOUD STRATEGY
  2. 2. Thought Exercise: What if all your IT was in the Cloud? Reduced or eliminated capital expenses Rapidly met computing demands Increased IT responsiveness Reduced operating costs We’re talking public cloud, as in your company no longer has a data center
  3. 3. But there are challenges to an all-Cloud approach! Business regulations Support for legacy systems Security Service level agreements (SLA) Demand management & cost control IT governance Provider lock-in To name a few. There’s also long-term provider viability, organization change, changes to procurement and payment methods, etc.
  4. 4. You need an Enterprise Cloud Strategy ! Offers a Framework for selecting cloud providers • Costs analysis • Provider lock-in risks • Data ownership, workload mobility • Service Level Agreements • Innovation Transforms your data center to a private cloud • Design for scale & flexibility • Vendor support & future viability • On-premise, co-location, & managed service model • Network cabling, green computing, refresh cycles, etc. Balances your approach to Cloud • All private = missed opportunity for cost reductions & innovations • Too few public = no leverage, missing capabilities & innovations • Too many public = operations & management complexities, reduced buying power Integrates within context of your overall IT strategy • Alignment to business • Supporting new capabilities (big data, mobile, social, etc.) • Mergers & Acquisitions • Decisions potentially lasting 5-10+ years!
  5. 5. Benefits of an Enterprise Cloud Strategy  Produces the business and financial requirements for cloud solutions  Establishes the criteria for selecting and implementing cloud solutions  Consists of justifiable and defensible business cases for:  Migrating, replacing, or augmenting current IT systems and services to the Cloud  Transforming existing data center(s) into private clouds  Integrating cloud solutions (hybrid cloud model)  Retiring, modernizing, or living with “deep” legacy systems (e.g. mainframe COBOL apps)  Delivers sourcing strategies for cloud solutions and supporting activities (e.g. migration work, network updates, training, etc.)  Produces roadmaps, programs, and project plans for aligning people, processes and technologies into cloud-based solutions
  6. 6. Determine what stays in your data center and what moves to the Cloud Cloud-centric application rationalization and profiling • Governance, risk, compliance & security (GRC-S) • Performance & availability requirements (SLA, OLA, etc.) • Architecture for scaling • Migration costs & risks Cloud decision process • Replace with SaaS • Migrate to IaaS • Migrate to PaaS • Redevelop with Cloud architecture • Retire, status quo, etc. Address “0-tier” infrastructure • Domain controllers • Network services – FW, LB, DNS, DHCP, etc. • Identity & access management • Backup, recovery, archive Ability to provide ongoing support • IT operations and maintenance • Provisioning and day-2 activities • Application development and maintenance (ADM)
  7. 7. Inevitably some, much, or all will stay in your data center…for now…  Not all applications and services run more cheaply in the Cloud  Many legacy systems are not architected for the Cloud  Performance requirements, SLAs, network latencies may prohibit running in the Cloud  Compliance with regulations and standards may be issue or risk in the Cloud  Operational visibility may be obscured in the Cloud  Potential for licensing and support issues in the Cloud  Organization may not be ready for significant changes
  8. 8. So we transform your data center into a private cloud Gain benefits of the Cloud, at smaller scale, but with full control • Pooled resources for efficiencies & operational cost reductions • Instantly scale to meet demand • Resiliency through high availability and fault-tolerance • Fully retain security and governance Critical infrastructure decisions • Reuse exiting infrastructure? Necessary upgrades to networks? • Greenfield? Procure converged or hyper-converged infrastructure? • Architecting: scale up, out, both? Procuring, installing and configuring virtualization and cloud software • Domain controllers • Network services – FW, LB, DNS, DHCP, etc. • Identity & access management • Backup, recovery, archive Organizational impact • New roles and responsibilities • New relationships • Training and knowledge transfer • Interfacing with vendors, integrators, and providers
  9. 9. And integrate your private cloud with public cloud solutions  Develop or acquire a cloud management platform (CMP)  Ability to “stretch” your network into the cloud, e.g. network virtualization, VPN,VPC, cross connections with providers  Develop or acquire ability to move workloads between private and public clouds  Centrally track usage and gather costing information  Enabling, and possibly automating, consistent governance process: what apps permitted in which clouds, and keeping it that way  Federating users access  Compliance monitoring, security, patching and upgrades
  10. 10. Remember to plan for operations and management of your enterprise cloud  Organizational considerations  Roles & responsibilities  Procedures, processes, and tasks  Operational reporting: SLA, financials, systems status  Integrating with ITSM, ITIL, COBIT, etc.  Training  Transition to contractor and integrator support
  11. 11. Do you have an enterprise cloud strategy? There’s a tremendous amount of work involved with getting Cloud right! You’re busy doing mission critical IT stuff. That’s where Digital Peak Consulting comes in. We focus on helping clients leverage the Cloud, in all its flavors, shapes, and sizes, to lower TCO and improve IT capabilities. Mel Stockwell,Principal DigitalPeak Consulting 720.624.9087

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