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How can you simplify moving to the cloud?

Guest Blogger: Brett Anderson

After virtualization, cloud computing may be the next logical step for many enterprise organizations. But how do you get there? To help, we’ve identified six steps that simplify the journey to the cloud.

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1. Get an IT Checkup: Implementing a cloud strategy is nothing like buying a boxed, off-the-shelf product.  It’s all about custom tailoring a solution to meet your exact business requirements. The key is to start with a thorough assessment of your organization’s business needs, then optimize the company’s existing IT infrastructure to meet those needs.

2. Build on Strong Foundations: IT funds and staffing resources have been shrinking in recent years, while demand for computing capabilities has increased. Therefore, it’s critical to create a cloud strategy that builds on and preserves the existing capital investments the company has already made in its IT infrastructure, while creating and following a roadmap for enhancements and additions that will work well both now and into the future.

3. Be Safe & Secure: When a company is concerned about security, hosting sensitive data in house on internal equipment in its own data center helps the organization overcome concerns about data security and take that first step into the cloud.  Planning should be undertaken at the beginning of any cloud strategy for security considerations that will keep the company’s data safe as well as ensure privacy and compliance.

4. Manage the Management: By nature, all cloud software stacks have a management component to them, but it’s important to utilize the right tools to effectively manage the environment as each new application is moved into place. An experienced solution provider can help point out the toolsets from different vendors that will best meet that user’s specific needs. IT pros have to know just what resources they have at their disposal that can be leveraged to deploy new applications as they’re added to the cloud environment.  This means management considerations like orchestration, automation and governance should be top-of-mind when designing a cloud roadmap.

5. Classify Apps: A critical component in the success of any cloud strategy is determining whether the applications the company is planning to run in the cloud are actually cloud-ready.  While some applications are designed from the ground up specifically for use in the cloud, others require some re-tooling before being deployed.

6. Plan Ahead: Businesses are never static, so plan for change while a cloud strategy is being designed.  Moving from a virtualized, converged infrastructure to the creation of a premises-based cloud may be a natural next step along the path, but what happens after that? A well thought-out cloud roadmap will embrace the future by planning for it today.

What do you think: Is fully embracing the cloud ripe, and a top priority, or is it hype, and not a priority for IT executives?

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Are there Danger Zones in Cloud Management?

More and more organizations are either moving to the cloud or expanding the cloud environment they already have. And the cloud keeps getting more sophisticated and customized to organizational requirements. However, most companies still tend to think of cloud management as an afterthought and that can cause problems as cloud services mature.

Here are 3 danger zones that Information Week says to keep in mind when it comes to cloud management:

1. Comparing tools won’t be easy – Cloud management is still developing and evolving, so it can be a challenge to make comparisons.
2. Don’t ignore internal process revamps – Cloud management needs to be integrated into your company’s existing internal processes.
3. Cloud tools must be a new kind of dynamic – The cloud requires a management tool that distinguishes between an outage and IT initiated off line resources.

Are these danger zones ripe for companies to keep in mind when thinking about cloud management? Or are these suggestions hype?

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Risk Management in Cloud Computing

Is there such a thing as too good to be true?  Cloud computing does come with risks that CIOs and CTOs need to recognize before making the jump to the cloud.

Many IT leaders are already utilizing cloud options, but what do you think of these risk management tips:

  1. It’s crucial for an IT leader considering the cloud to have a strategy for mitigating risk. To prevent risk, the strategy must come first.
  2. Ask and understand the data management and hiring practices of the cloud provider you choose.
  3. It’s important to know how your provider plans to recover your data in a disaster scenario and how long it will take.

What do you think, is this good (Ripe) advice or is it Hype?

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Risk Management in Cloud Computing

While many organizations have successfully moved part or all of their information assets into some form of cloud computing infrastructure, the large majority still haven’t done much with this choice.

A lot of IT leaders are saying the CIO who has not yet begun to think of a cloud strategy may soon be left behind. Some are saying it’s premature for organizations to have a cloud computing strategy.

Let’s hear it – is Hype or Ripe for IT leaders to develop a cloud strategy as part of their risk management?

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