Moving your core business to the cloud
A flexible and functional space for your data
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Phases of the cloud adoption process
Research and pre-planning
This is the most important phase of your cloud project. Without a clear understanding of objectives, what you want to accomplish, how well prepared you are and how it will align with your business goals, the cloud journey will fail. The most important questions are:
What business problem will it solve?
Who are the internal and external users?
When, where and how will the cloud be accessed?
Is it business critical?
What are the consequences of the cloud being degraded or unavailable at any time?
How the use of cloud will change over time
What applications will be moved?
What are the regulatory, compliance and security needs?
What are the additional regulatory requirements (GDPR, PCI, Internal, etc.)?
In this phase we’ll also go through the Cloud Readiness Assessment which will look at the business and technical readiness. It is vital to a successful move to the cloud and includes areas such as:
- Technology – looks at applications, infrastructure and workflows
- People – looks at the necessary skills, will enable us to see the skill / training gap
- Processes – looks at the processes and how they will change when moving to the cloud
At the end we should have a clear and formalized Cloud Strategy.
Planning and purchasing
Before moving to the cloud, it is important to look at different aspects and requirements of our cloud service provider.
Consider things like:
- Review the CSP SLA
- Develop a project plan that will include Resources, Deliverables, Timelines, Metrics
- Determine what level of responsibility is on the local IT and how much on the cloud provider
- Determine what data will be moved to the cloud and where it will be located
- Choose the most appropriate cloud computing architecture by utilising different components like IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, FaaS
- Prepare Exit strategy
The main goal of this stage is to perform the necessary cloud modeling and architecture in order to execute the cloud strategy. We will also focus on selection of the appropriate cloud technologies, cloud service providers, and cloud solutions to support your chosen cloud strategy. Deployment models and the necessary governance, operations, support, management, monitoring, and security challenges are also addressed.
When moving to the cloud it is important to understand:
- Security controls – authorization an access control, provisioning and deprovisioning, directory services, user management
- Risk assessment – careful analysis of cloud threats and vulnerabilities to determine the extent of adverse impact and the likelihood of occurrence.
- Business continuity – a proactive process referring to the procedures an organization implements to ensure mission-critical functions can continue during and after a disaster
- Disaster recovery – compromises specific steps an organization must take to resume operations following an incident. Response may vary from seconds to days
Operation and maintenance
In this phase we will help you to operate the cloud environment to ensure that all processes and resources are managed properly.
The main areas are:
- Operations – optimization of performance and capacity per business requirements
- Governance – policies and guidelines establishing alignment of investments and security controls
- Performance measures – key metrics to ensure the consumer gets what they pay for
- Continuous monitoring – confirms that the set of deployed security controls in a cloud information system remains effective
Technologies we excel in
Choosing Azure can be beneficial for both startups and enterprise customers. They can rely on the cloud’s security, flexibility, and maturity, already trusted by many serious players in the game.
Apart from a set of management tools, Google Cloud Platform provides a series of modular cloud services including infrastructure as a service, platform as a service, and serverless computing environments.
AWS is the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. Millions of customers, from the fastest-growing startups to largest enterprises and government agencies, are using AWS to lower costs, become more agile, and innovate faster.