The realities of moving to the cloud

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By Gaurav Arora

Cloud is now firmly embedded in most organisations IT strategies.Whether you are a small business or large multi-national, you’ve no doubt been caught up in the broad ranging debate about which cloud strategy best suits your organisation.

On the surface this can seem quite complex. But by understanding your key reasons for moving to the cloud, defining your strategy, and then implementing a step-by-step cloud adoption framework, migration becomes a much simpler process.

So, when considering migrating to the cloud, how do you go about it?

Datacom has developed a four-phase Cloud Adoption Framework that can help you work out which cloud model best suits your organisation. The Cloud Adoption Framework has been designed to address all your concerns and possible apprehensions when considering moving to the cloud.

Cloud Adoption Framework

  1. Cloud Strategy Service

This is used to assess your business goals, objectives and future roadmap in order to understand and define a clear strategy and vision that will provide you with a high level direction for the consumption of future cloud based services.

As every business is different understanding your key business goals and objectives is a crucial first step as your cloud services need to align with both your business and IT strategies to deliver long-term benefits.

  1. Cloud Assessment and Design

Based on your strategic plan and already defined business challenges, this service provides you with a structured technique to discover, assess, review and map defined IT services, applications, hosting infrastructure, tools and processes before determining the target architecture within one or multiple cloud services.

This service helps you to identify key systems, applications and support processes for your organisation’s cloud viability, defined against your business and technical requirements.

  1. Cloud Transition Service

The Cloud Transition Service enables you to plan, develop and execute an end-to-end cloud transition strategy that covers development of transition options and schedules, creation/setup of cloud tenant and core services, proof of concepts, transition of services and operational handover for your hybrid cloud solution.

By assessing your business readiness for cloud transition and identifying any associated constraints orrisks in your migration plan, you will have done the all-important groundwork to enable you to keep costs down while you move to the cloud.

  1. Managed Cloud Service (DevOps)

Managed Cloud Service merges ITIL and Agile methodologies to drive an outcome-based service while maintaining enterprise standards, governance and compliance. Based on DevOps framework, this service brings you a completely new cloud management model if you rely on cross-functional teams, integrated toolsets and end-to-end automation.

As your service aggregation partner, the key part of this service is to work closely with you, as well as the various software providers, development teams, cloud providers and operational staff, to provide you with an end-to-end managed cloud service specific to your business, while bolstering continuous integration/continuous  delivery practices, continuous service improvement and innovation practices.

Next Steps

If you are in need of help or have any questions, Datacom can support your cloud adoption in a number of ways:

  • Running workshops
  • Developing roadmaps
  • Building a cloud assessment framework for your organisation
  • Applying proven cloud assessment methodology to evaluate your internal systems and cloud providers to create a cloud solutions matrix
  • Developing architecture based on technical considerations and chosen cloud providers
  • Use pre-packaged transition offerings to setup and migrate your enterprise workloads to one or more cloud providers

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