Most companies are aware of the risks involved in relying on in house infrastructure, the concerns around power and cooling availability, data security, adaptability of the physical infrastructure, and the concerns around single point of failure of communications and hardware.
Moving to a dedicated private cloud provides a solution which significantly improves the resilience, uptime, security and scalability of your existing platform. You may choose to make it a hybrid cloud solution with the bulk of your estate moving to the cloud provider or you may choose to leverage full remote working and adopt a full cloud model by moving everything to the cloud.
Moving to the cloud however isn’t just a case of creating the machines, installing the software and leaving them to it. There are still the same access security, patching and monitoring concerns that exist with local infrastructure. Service levels and response times from your provider are key to operating effectively in the cloud.
By ensuring you look at the full picture around how and what you move to the cloud with the help of a trusted partner, combined with consideration for the on-going support both of the applications, machines and the underlying infrastructure, you can remove or significantly reduce the level of risk to current and future business operations.
Here are some of the areas that need to be thought about when looking at migrating to the cloud.
How good is the platform?
As a minimum it should be able to guarantee the level of performance you have now. Realistically it should be higher with your supplier prepared to undertake performance comparisons of their platform against your current infrastructure. Reliability is obviously key and seeing network diagrams, real-time monitoring, uptime graphs and infrastructure layouts are key to ensuring the platform is capable.
Is Disaster Recovery built in?
No platform can maintain 100% uptime, whether from a cloud provider or in-house. What matters is how well and how quickly the supplier deals with the problem and also the built in safeguards around failure. For example, our ability to provide one network spanned across both datacentres allows us to run servers that provide the same application seamlessly, and with virtually no disruption to service in the event of an entire datacentre going offline.
Is the proposed solution the right one?
Or rather, has the supplier understood your requirements and applied their knowledge of all of the cloud technologies available to come up with the best solution to the problem. Examples of this are where the solution isn’t simply “move everything to us”. File servers for example where there is a large archive requirement could be replaced by an Amazon Gateway appliance to reduce costs, rather than simply replicated into your cloud environment. The gateway allows you to cache an amount of the regularly used files locally while having the bulk of the files in a locked down, secure environment utilising the 99.9999% durability SLA of the Amazon S3 platform and taking advantage of the reduced costs of S3 compared to high performance disk.
Most importantly, is the solution flexible?
One of the key benefits of moving to a cloud solution is that you no longer need to worry about the capacity or speed of the underlying infrastructure. There will always be capacity available to support increases in your resources or also cost savings available by modifying or reducing the solution based on your future requirements. A good partner and supplier, such as Digital Craftsmen who offer specialised managed services, will perform regular reviews to ensure you are aware of how your solution is doing and what your options are around the ever changing world of cloud technologies. They become an extension of your IT team, and a trusted partner rather than simply a supplier.
Why not give the Digital Craftsmen team a call and speak to an expert to see how they can help to simplify your move to the Cloud.