Deploying cloud technology to improve services and reduce infrastructure spend.
CIOs and other senior executives often ask, “Why is infrastructure spend a disproportionate part of my IT budget? How can I reduce that cost whilst simultaneously providing better service?” In response to these questions, many are turning to the cloud.
The benefits of transitioning to the cloud are many and varied, including greater elasticity; the ability for self-service provisioning; redundancy, enhanced security; a flexible, pay-per-use model; and in many cases, reduced cost.
Whilst the migration approach taken will vary due to factors such as the specific resources to be migrated, there are a number of common elements to be considered, including:
- performance and security
- selecting and managing the right cloud service providers
- making any post-migration changes to the operating model and
- selecting the appropriate orchestration tools.
Whilst on the surface cloud migrations may seem straight forward, there are significant challenges, including:
- data and application portability
- data integrity and security and
- ensuring business continuity.
Without proper planning and design, a migration could inadvertently lead to higher costs.
We have successfully helped many organisations migrate to the cloud, both in the corporate and higher education sectors, and have a deep understanding of the challenges and risks and how they can be best addressed.