Transition to Cloud Services
According to the 2014 IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Survey, at least 61% of all corporations have one or more applications in “the Cloud”! Partially or fully transitioning IT operations to virtualized Cloud-based services has become the “new normal” for delivery of computer services in this decade.
On the surface, a migration of some or all IT services to “the Cloud” is very compelling. Some of its many benefits include:
- A reduction of capital expenditures (CAPEX)
- The elimination of over-provisioning
- Increased systems agility and scalability
- Improved speed of new application deployment
- Self-Service On-Demand for users
- Simplified Disaster Recovery protection
- Enhanced systems management and reporting
Cloud computing has ushered in an entirely new method for providing computing services to users. The opportunity to manage expenses, greater flexibility/scalability, improved delivery of services, and simplified provisioning provide a very compelling argument for migration to Cloud-based Services.
Unfortunately, a number of issues that complicate or impede this decision lie just under the surface. What is the status of the existing computing structure and what equipment will be retired after the transition is complete? Which applications would benefit most by execution from a “Cloud” model? How do you ensure data security is maintained, both during the migration and after the data has been relocated to someone’s Cloud Services Facility? How can you create Service Level Agreements (SLAs) to ensure an appropriate level of performance is provided without overpaying for capacity? How are the Cloud systems monitored and what reporting structure is offered to ensure you retain visibility into your computing environment?
One of the greatest challenges an organization transitioning to the Cloud will face is how to ensure the necessary degree of cultural change occurs to take advantage of the new computing model. Without proper training and preparation, individual productivity may drop in spite of the fact that you’ve introduced a more efficient computing model.
The IT Specialists at Data Center Enhancements Inc. will address these, and other issues to ensure your transition to the Cloud delivers the desired results. Some of the services we provide include:
- Cloud Feasibility Studies – On the surface transitioning to “Cloud Services” sounds ideal, but is it? Our technical assessments can help you make that decision before significant amounts of time and money are committed.
- Strategy and Planning – We’ll help you develop an optimal strategy that’s right for your company and transition plans to seamlessly integrate Cloud services into current IT operations.
- Gap Analysis – We help you identify what infrastructure, tools, processes, procedures, security measures and training will be necessary for a successful transition to “the Cloud”.
- Revised Service Level Agreements – We can help you create effective Service Level Agreements (SLAs) that will ensure applications’ performance can be sustained.
- Data Security Structure Enhancements – We will identify, analyze, and recommend modifications and/or updates to your existing security system to keep data safe in “the Cloud”.
- Employee Re-training and Cultural Change –
To be successful, your transition to Cloud services must include developing new skill sets and overcoming internal resistance to change. We can work with your HR Dept. to help smooth this key transition to a new IT operating model.
We recommend scheduling a 3-5 day workshop to examine all aspects of a transition to Cloud Services to understand its benefits, challenges, economics, and feasibility. The outcome of this meeting should result in high-level Decision Document encompassing the issues brought forward during the workshop and presenting both a primary recommendation and alternatives. The material will contain enough detail for presentation to Senior Management, Stakeholders, and other major participants who may be impacted by a transition to Cloud Services.
If you’re ready to transition to Cloud services immediately, give us a call at (630) 513-9747. However, if you feel a Cloud-based solution may be in your future but are struggling with how to get started, we have several programs that can help answer questions and get your team moving forward. Please give us 30-minutes to help bring clarity to this important decision.