Nine Best Practices for Cloud Implementation

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 10-08-2014 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Establish Firm Governance
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    Establish Firm Governance

    Cloud adoption benefits from governance and management structures that thoroughly cover processes, workflows, security standards, etc. when evaluating service selection.
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    Inventory Needs
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    Inventory Needs

    Get a good sense of how cloud migration must support day-to-day operations. Find out from stakeholders and users what they require in terms of access and availability, support, business functions, and mobility.
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    Look for the Five Essentials
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    Look for the Five Essentials

    For the cloud, these five essentials are on-demand self-service, broad network access, resource pooling, rapid elasticity and measured services.
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    Promote Automation
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    Promote Automation

    Influencers will lend support if they're made aware of how many tedious, time-consuming manual tasks can be automated in the cloud.
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    Mind Your Service Level Management
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    Mind Your Service Level Management

    IT has to stay on top of the provider so specific needs on granularity, scope, availability and more are documented and enforced.
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    Timing Is Everything
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    Timing Is Everything

    Be methodical in your approach. If you migrate functions too quickly without evaluating immediate performance impact, stakeholder pushback could thwart your good intentions.
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    Stick With Enterprise Options
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    Stick With Enterprise Options

    Keep in mind that some cloud services are best suited for consumers. An enterprise requires performance capabilities which include agility and redundant, managed and monitored services.
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    Inquire Into Credentialing
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    Inquire Into Credentialing

    Your cloud provider should have certified engineers running the operation center, ones who understand the big picture and can provide helpful, forward-looking IT recommendations.
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    Don't Overcommit to One Cloud Category
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    Don't Overcommit to One Cloud Category

    In terms of private versus public cloud, many organizations practice "cloud bursting" by initially using a private cloud until internal demand increases to the point where a public cloud is needed.
 

More than four of five organizations now use some form of cloud computing, according to industry research, and a great number of companies are exploring new options for cloud deployment. The advantages are clear: 84 percent of CIOs say they've cut costs by moving applications to the cloud, and these applications deliver an average of 70 percent more ROI than on-premise ones. Organizations using the cloud save 25 percent on personnel, and one-third have reduced their IT costs by at least that same percent. As a result, cloud computing now represents a $150 billion industry. That said, cloud adoption is hardly a one-size-fits-all process. An effective CIO will explore options which keep stakeholders and business objectives in mind. One appealing quality of on-premise IT, after all, is control. Depending upon the cloud adoption model, execution and provider, you can lose that sense of control very quickly. But it doesn't have to be that way, especially if you consider the following best practices for cloud implementation. They were adopted from a variety of online resources, including those posted by Axelos, a global IT management best practices initiative; and Logicalis, an international IT solutions and managed services provider. For more about the best practices from Axelos, click here. For more about the tips from Logicalis, click here

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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