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Increasingly, large organisations are moving their technology estates from traditional datacentres to the cloud – a multi-tenancy, virtualised services provided on a “pay for what you use” basis from providers such as Amazon, Microsoft and Google. The change can be thought of as moving from a building, maintaining and running your own electricity generator or plugging into the grid and buying from a utility company.
The benefits of moving your data to the cloud infrastructure are compelling.
The move to the cloud brings its own unique challenges that we have extensive experience in helping to solve. We can help with:
Making sure that the legislative and regulatory implications of holding data in the cloud and potentially in different geographies and legislative regimes are understood and appropriately mitigated.
Cloud IT skills are “hot” in the market so developing them in your teams without losing them to the highest bidder, whilst continuing to attract and retain the talent that your business is increasingly dependent on, can be increasingly difficult.
The move to cloud isn’t just a technical change - it turns many of the principles and philosophies that have underpinned technology organisations for years on their heads. For example, leading-edge cloud practices include throwing away and re-building platforms every night to keep costs down, implementing the latest builds and security patches automatically on a daily schedule to take away the risk of malware attacks; and deliberately “killing” server instances to continually prove operational resilience.
Selecting and contracting with the right cloud partner(s) is a big decision and will need to factor in the consequences on your entire supplier landscape. There can be material implications for the financial balance between Capex and Opex, for software licenses, and for existing infrastructure and application support and maintenance agreements.
Making the move from on-premise to the cloud is a large and complex exercise in its own right. Determining which applications to “lift and shift” with minimum change, and which to re-engineer to take maximum advantage of the move, is key to the overall success. And like any big change programme, strong leadership, good governance and rigorous execution are critical.
There is lots of hype around Cloud, and confusion between public and private Clouds and what they can offer.
Find out the role of Cloud in transforming your business.
SaaS is increasingly replacing traditional business software running in your own data centre.
Done right, a move from traditional data-centres to the cloud can significantly reduce cost, improve service, and ensure that your infrastructure is always up-to-date.
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