Cloud & Cloud Integration Strategy

Cloud & Cloud Integration Strategy

 

A cloud strategy is about defining your organizational motivations and goals for adopting cloud, whether it is a private, public, or hybrid cloud. Organizations identify the following reasons for moving to the cloud:

• Accelerate Application Delivery to gain competitive advantage

• Improve IT Efficiency of staff and infrastructure

• Expand Markets with new capabilities and into new geographies

• Increase Investment Flexibility to optimize for the best return

• Reduce Risk with control and continuity of your critical applications

• Offload IT Responsibilities to IT third-parties who provide support, maintenance, and upgrades

Once you have identified your goals for adopting a cloud strategy, then you can focus on your requirements. Your requirements whether a multi-cloud approach leveraging two or more public clouds or private clouds is optimal for your needs versus a hybrid cloud architecture where workloads run in both public and private clouds. The following checklist represents the requirements that drive an organization’s cloud strategy:

• “Anywhere” Operations Model: The ever-expanding reach of public clouds enables you to run your applications in various geographic regions around the world to satisfy compliance requirements and target customers.

• Leverage of Existing Investments: Some existing applications/ systems and legacy hardware are good candidates to be deployed in both private and public clouds, as well as hybrid clouds.

• Cost Optimization: An organization must conduct a cost comparison assessment to determine whether it is cheaper to use one cloud provider or type of cloud for some workloads while a different cloud may prove more cost effective for other workloads.

• Provision of Distinct Capabilities: Each cloud has distinct features or services offered by cloud providers that may be crucial for a particular application or systems of differentiation within an organization.

• Resilient & Robust Architecture: An organizations can ensure high availability by leveraging multiple clouds for failover and disaster recovery.

• Vendor Leverage: Using multiple cloud providers and having the ability to move workloads allows an organization to negotiate the best possible discounts from a cloud provider.

• Future-proof Cloud Deployment: The public cloud infrastructure market is moving rapidly, so using multiple clouds enables an organization to take advantage of the latest compute upgrades, services offerings, and pricing models rather than being locked into a single provider.

• Multi-cloud Capabilities: Although an organization may have an existing cloud strategy, it’s not uncommon for new use cases to develop that require a different cloud, or for a business unit to stray from the enterprise cloud and start using another cloud, or for an acquisition to occur that results in the need to support multiple clouds.

• Best Practice Alignment: Industry best practices assure that you have properly and diligently evaluated your cloud requirements and understand the business, economic, and technology impacts of a target cloud deployment.

 

IT Architects provides a service to develop a cloud and cloud integration strategy. IT Architects provides a six-step framework to help you define and implement a successful cloud strategy.