Hosted Computing Strategy
Cloud computing is relevant to most business sectors. It provides an affordable computing resource with a level of flexibility unmatched by traditional data center [DC] solutions. In regulated industries, it is important to take advantage of the cost and flexibility benefits, despite the Public Cloud being unsuitable for the storage of sensitive data. It is essential to devise a strategy based on an organization’s specific circumstances. It should be secure, cost effective, reliable, compliant, accessible and as flexible as possible. This apparently straightforward task can soon become complex due to the numerous parameters and success factors.
No matter how many virtualized machines you use and how heavily you have invested in third party Cloud solutions, your applications, services and data are still housed on servers somewhere. Technically, they could be in the cage next door to yours at the nearest Colocated DC facility. You don’t generally get to inspect Cloud DC facilities but the biggest differentiator of The Cloud over traditional solutions does not lie in the separation but in the extra layer of abstraction. Powerful modern software, with a management layer above it, allows IT managers and less technical staff to provision servers in minutes. Self-provisioning is normally accessed via an external supplier but with the right facility, software and expertise, an in-house “Private Cloud” is viable for the largest organizations.
Your optimum computing provision probably has some colocated DC facilities, some Public Cloud computing and potentially some in-house servers if you can justify using the space. You will want to build in geographic separation between redundant servers while achieving suitable levels of accessibility, latency, sustainability and cost. Without making any assumptions, we will systematically present every possible solution, quickly eliminating the majority in an accelerated process that leaves you with a defensible record of thorough decision making. We will help to build a strategy and timetable for migration and implementation. Our cost forecasts will be based on publicly available data supported by subject matter expertise. We can also help you plan and deliver your migration strategy.