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Cloud

Cloud Computing

 

In the last decade, business computing has undergone its greatest revolution yet.

Increasingly, compute, storage, database, application, and network resources are sold and consumed as utilities that can be leveraged on demand, scaled up or down as needed, and managed with far greater efficiency and efficacy than ever before. Likewise, the management, security, and compliance tools needed to operate enterprise systems environments are also available on a "pay-as-you-go" basis as cloud-based services.

The question is no longer whether "the cloud" is a viable option for hosting and delivering enterprise application capabilities. It is rather how best to leverage cloud frameworks to architect solutions that will work for your particular organization's needs. Public cloud, private cloud, or more likely, a hybrid mix of the two – offered up in what quickly appears to be a bewildering array of specific product options – now presents itself for business computing. What's more, the dominant global cloud platform provider – Amazon – is a company that wasn't even considered a technology supplier 15 years ago. Yet today its myriad web services (and market share) outstrip those of such longstanding tech giants as HP, Oracle, Dell, and VMware. Only Microsoft and Google truly compete in this arena from an innovation and breadth of offerings perspective.

Leveraging the cloud in your enterprise, let alone embracing it as the governing metaphor in your 21st century business systems architecture, is far from a trivial matter. A whole host of questions and concerns will need to be considered and addressed right from the beginning. How do you choose which cloud framework and services will make most sense for you? Is your enterprise prepared to make the leap from its legacy on-premise systems to the cloud? Or should just a portion of your computing workloads be moved to this new paradigm? How do you develop a migration strategy for your legacy systems? How do you integrate legacy with new environments? How will the cloud impact the way you build new applications and the functionalities they enable?

And more: how do you make sense of costs, both OpEx and CapEx, as well as organizational structures? How do you manage identity and systems access, security, performance, and availability in what will likely be a multi-vendor, hybrid-cloud mix of environments? Further, how will you prepare your systems developers and engineers for this new reality? If you haven't gotten started yet, but need to, how do you go about putting an effective cloud computing plan in place? And if you've already begun your migration and aren't satisfied with the results, how do you change that?

Our perspective: cloud will likely be the most consequential technology move your enterprise will make for years to come. It's imperative to get cloud "right." We can help you accomplish that.