Cloud Strategy

The Challenge

Agility, innovation and efficiency are the most typical drivers for enterprises and service providers to deploy Open Infrastructure solutions to support production clouds. The challenge arises in developing an efficient and coordinated strategy with a plan that supports these business objectives. A successful Open Infrastructure plan takes into account the internal (e.g., legacy IT, skills, operations, governance) and external (e.g., competitive threats, market demand, regulatory requirements) ecosystems, supported by a sound business case.

Our Solution

Cloud Strategy Development

A typical cloud strategy engagement lasts four to six weeks and is tailored for each customer, whether an enterprise or a service provider. The engagement includes the following.:

  • Define the business drivers and objectives that drive the cloud requirements.
  • Optimize cloud offerings to create maximum compatibility with the existing product portfolio (e.g. hosted private cloud).
  • Determine the most efficient workloads by helping you categorize your current application portfolio and profiling a subset of critical applications. The analysis will include a recommendation for the most appropriate target platform (traditional, public, private or hybrid).
  • Understand the competitive threats in the market and create differentiated offerings.
  • Build a targeted economic model to justify the cloud investment.
  • Perform an analysis on the current technology environment to understand what a) can be leveraged and b) the gaps that need to be filled in order to deploy cloud solutions.
  • Build a detailed, prioritized plan with programs, initiatives, milestones, and key success metrics.
  • Deliverables include:
    • Business Requirements Analysis
    • Market Demand Analysis
    • Product Portfolio Rationalization (for service providers)
    • Application Categorization/Prioritization
    • Competitive Analysis
    • Economic Model
    • Technical Infrastructure Assessment
    • Implementation Roadmap

Workload Analysis

For the right application workload, cloud computing can provide tremendous benefits in enhanced agility, cost savings and improved quality. The Workload Analysis Service will help customers to categorize the current application portfolio and profile a subset of critical applications. The analysis will recommend the most appropriate target platform for the workload – traditional, public, private or hybrid.

  • Deliverables include:
    • Workload Analysis and Pattern Categorization
    • Technology Platform Analysis
    • Business Case

Operational Capability Analysis

Cloud architectures enable high levels of automation and flexibility. However, this may increase the level of complexity within existing infrastructure. In addition to processes to operationalize the cloud, operations teams require training to take advantage of these new benefits. Whether you want to enhance your current model, or transform your operations to a “DevOps” environment, this service analyzes your current tools, process and skills and provides specific recommendation.

  • Deliverables include:
    • Operational Capability Matrix
    • Cloud Operations Recommendations (for people and processes)

“In a recent 451 Research study of 1,155 technology and business decision-makers across nine countries and eight vertical industries, nearly three-quarters said cloud will become the primary application deployment method within two years. Two-thirds of this will be via third-party service providers and one-third into on-premises cloud environments.”

451 Research October, 2016


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