Cloud Computing Strategy

Interested in pragmatic ways to leverage the cloud?

We can assist you with proven cloud computing technologies as a key part of an overall IT strategy that will reduce capital expenditures and overall IT costs, simplify IT and free up budget dollars you can use to address other needs.

 

What do you mean by Cloud Computing?

Cloud Computing is a computing paradigm where applications, IT infrastructure and data reside in hosted or private data center, making IT services and data accessible over the Internet from work, home or abroad.

Cloud computing is one the most significant technology trends today, and is rapidly gaining traction with IT and business leadership, due to the inherent cost savings and increased flexibility it can provide.  We have firsthand experience with both hosted and private clouds, so we can provide guide you to making the best business and technology decision where cloud computing is concerned.

 

What are the main benefits of Cloud Computing?

There are many benefits associated with Cloud Computing, chief among them:

  • Reduced capital budgets –  due to moving data and applications to data centers located in the cloud, it is possible to avoid significant and recurring capital expenditures on data centers, servers and even desktop equipment, while reducing the capital-intensity around premise-based applications in favor of cloud-based application alternatives
  • OpEx vs. CapEx expenses – the cloud provides subscription-based, pay-as-you go models which come out of operating expenses vs. front-loaded capital budgets
  • Reduced IT operating costs – you can redirect (and/or reduce) IT staff to address higher-priority projects and business needs
  • Increased Flexibility – when applications and data are resident in the cloud, they’re more readily accessed securely from anywhere, anytime on any device type
  • Decreased Management Complexity – by moving relatively predictable, mundane, day-to-day IT functions into the cloud, complexity is reduced, allowing in-house IT staff and IT management to concentrate on adding increased business value and becoming more responsive to the high-priority needs of the business
  • Data Center Elimination – in some cases, it is certainly possible to eliminate company-owned and operated data centers, by moving server hosting, network security and application delivery systems into the cloud, eliminating the need to manage, upgrade and maintain costly data centers and the accompanying costs associated with power, air conditioning, security and management.

 

What are the risks of Cloud Computing?

However, like any technology, Cloud Computing has its rightful place in the IT stack and is not a “cure all”, applicable to all situations and circumstances. Cloud Computing involves relocating some or all corporate data assets outside of a traditionally private data center owned and operated by the corporation and IT. This creates potential risks and pitfalls that must be well understand and carefully evaluated before jumping aboard the technology, including data and application security and predictable service levels for delivery of each cloud-based service.

 

How can we help?

Cloud Computing is essentially the next-generation Web, beyond Web 2.0 technology with on-demand services and more advanced, interactive browser-based applications. It involves adopting new application and data management architectures, in addition to trusting third-parties to provide the level of service, security and risk mitigation that has traditionally been completely under corporate IT’s direct control.

Our consultants have been involved with Web-based and cloud technologies as far back as 1995, when Mr. Braddy pioneered early Web application servers and load-balancing technology at BMC Software, followed by enterprise-grade application and desktop delivery systems for the Fortune 100 to Global 2000 enterprises at CITRIX Systems.

By applying our more than two decades of experience with Web and cloud technologies, we can assist you with developing a pragmatic Cloud Computing strategy, along with planning, vendor and technology selection for adoption of these technologies within your business.

Of course, technologies like Cloud Computing are not “islands”, but instead must fit into the overall “IT fabric” of your company over time. So we can help you rationalize Cloud Computing with other technology areas such as virtualization, application delivery, desktop delivery, mobile applications, networking and data management, plus a coexistence and evolution approach for legacy systems.

 

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