Information & Cloud Technology Consultation
Your Technology Roadmap should include a proper Cloud Strategy.
A proper Cloud strategy should provide a framework for new projects and allow the migration of suitable systems to the cloud, extending the lifecycle of software and applications with the latest technologies.
Business can develop future applications without the need to purchase or invest capital, or provide and manage the computing infrastructure required to run them.
This means a successful project outcome without the costs of hardware management and hardware ownership to achieve operational costs expenditure for future Infrastructure, platforms, software, Big data, Internet of Things and site recovery cloud models.
Cloud First is a safe and secure, future proof strategy developed for all business solutions across private, hybrid and public infrastructure for business data.
Cloud Consultation & Adoption
When developing and deploying applications in a cloud environment, the company should design their cloud applications and develop software in a structured methodology to engineer relevant security into their cloud applications, and develop “no vendor lock-in” type applications with regard for any high-availability strategy and synchronous database availability strategy across Cloud Service Provider and Private Cloud technologies. Costs are typically built into technology, resources, interventions, and audits. However, these costs will likely, pale in comparison with the potential liability and loss of reputation from an application security breach or the maintenance of legacy hardware systems.
It should be noted that Big Data and IoT (Internet of things), DbaaS (Database as a service) models are services that are dependent on two or more of these cloud models combined.
Most organizations have established security and compliance policies and procedures that are used to protect their intellectual property and corporate assets, especially in the IT space. These policies and procedures are developed based upon analysis of the impact of having these assets compromised. A framework of controls and further procedures should be established to mitigate risk and serve as a benchmark for the execution and validation of compliance. These principles and policies, the enterprise security plan, and the surrounding quality improvement process constitute the enterprise security governance, risk management (including technical impact), and compliance model. The security controls for cloud services are similar to those in traditional IT environments.
The interface(s) that exist between the business and the cloud service provider.
The public interface to private data at the Cloud Service Provider
- Platform Migrations
- Hardware & Software Technology Upgrades
- Planning & Implementation
- Transformation Advice
- Project Assistance
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Some providers offer Co-location. Many customers have needs that require a small amount of supplemental co-location in conjunction with their cloud, most frequently for a large-scale database, but sometimes for specialized network equipment, and software that cannot be licensed on virtualized servers, or legacy equipment. Co-location is specifically mentioned only when a service provider actively sells co-location as a stand-alone service. It is possible to plan a move into co-location and then gradually migrate into that provider’s IaaS offering. Co-location can mean our hardware located in a public cloud service provider or a cloud service provider hardware located within our infrastructure.
The greatest cost reduction can be attained using the SaaS model over on IaaS or PaaS as number of users increase, or PaaS over Iaas as the number of platforms increase. Also shown later in the business case “Costing” IaaS is preferred over On-premises for many project types.
The goal of cloud lifecycle management is to address and manage the dynamic nature of the IT environment; use a management solution to deliver flexible, customizable cloud services while maintaining a structured, controlled and dynamic IT environment.
Cloud lifecycle management solution should include:
Accelerating the delivery of cloud services in response to business needs
Automating provisioning and workflows, both for speed and cost savings
Enabling project managers to request flexible configurable cloud services for their specific use cases
Supporting the use of public cloud infrastructures to augment internal resources
Maximizing resource utilization by ensuring unused cloud services are reclaimed (Service retirement and resource reclamation)
Initial decisions around cloud lifecycle management will help lay the foundation for the technology decisions going forward – ensuring that the environment is flexible enough to address anticipated areas of growth in the future.
Key decommissioning functionality to include:
Schedule -provisioning, the decommissioning of a cloud service
Decommission each service according to a schedule, with the appropriate notification to its owner.
Can we extend that service, or terminate it early?
Cloud Auditing Services:
Cloud First Company provide independent assessments on your cloud setup and point out to the security vulnerabilities, data leaks and performance issues.
There are 5 major types of audits we perform:
Data security audit:
Making sure that your enterprise data and those of your customers are protected (this will involve an agreed auditing strategy with the Cloud Service Provider to possibly include CSP data centre).
Regulatory compliance audit:
These are audits that make sure your cloud installation satisfies all the major regulations.
Performance and Reliability audit:
This audit measures how good is your setup for various performance tests. These could include stress testing and manual testing to find out bottlenecks.
DR/BC (Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity) Audit:
This finds out how fast you can recover from disasters and how much of the data can you salvage.
ROI (Return on Investment) audit:
This checks the business justifications of the cloud setup and make sure it makes accounting sense.
Asset Management Services
- IT asset management (also called IT inventory management)
- Gathering detailed hardware and software inventory information
- Dictate hardware and software purchases and redistribution.
- Saves time and money by avoiding unnecessary asset purchases
- Promoting the harvesting of existing resources.
- Minimize the incremental risks and related costs of advancing IT portfolio infrastructure projects based on old, incomplete and/or less accurate information.
Drawbacks of the traditional “on-premises” model
Drawbacks of the traditional “on-premises” model The upkeep of most technology means patching and updating with the need of eventual replacement. The decision about which parts to do and in which order with urgency is impossible to manage. The commitment of resources (budget, people) to provide upkeep with no promise of incremental business value can mean a strong likelihood of interruption and disruption.
A business approach invoking “upkeep and innovation” simultaneously is difficult. The maintenance of older infrastructure and systems in many cases with little documentation means the technical knowledge needed to maintain older systems is obtained through curiosity and chance, and is very time consuming. Any implementation experience tends to be mainly theory, never standardised or documented and is now unpractical. This lack of standardisation impedes business growth; delays to projects are caused by a repetitive learning curve of failed attempts and inevitable dead-end due to the time cycle needed to design, build and validate, rebuild and expand apply to each additional service you want to consume and increases across each project type. The hardware costs (compute, storage, network) are still on Capex, i.e. you pay for peak all of the time. Large scale monitoring and large dataset analysis is extremely difficult.
It is critical business understand the risks associated with using cloud services with their own level of risk tolerance, and then focus on mitigating the risks that the organization cannot afford to discount.
The company have to ensure their applications and data hosted in cloud services are secured in accordance with their security and compliance policies and verify that the master service agreement between the company and any future Cloud Service Provider, along with associated documents such as the service level agreement (SLA), contain all of their requirements. It is vital for the company to understand all the terms related to security and to ensure that those terms meet their needs. If a suitable master service agreement and SLA is not available, then it is inadvisable for an organization to proceed with the use of those cloud services at a specific provider.
Iaas, PaaS, SaaS and your Business.
The category of cloud service offered by the provider (IaaS, PaaS or SaaS) has a significant impact on the split of responsibilities between the company and the provider to manage security and associated risks. For IaaS, the Cloud Service Provider is supplying (and responsible for securing) basic IT resources such as machines, disks and networks. The business is typically responsible for the operating system and the entire software stack necessary to run applications, and is also responsible for the company data placed into the cloud computing environment.
Thus, most of the responsibility for securing the applications and the company data falls onto the company . In contrast, for software-as-a-service, the infrastructure, software and data are primarily the responsibility of the provider, since the company has little control over any of these features. These aspects need appropriate handling in the contract and the SLA (Service Level Agreement).
We focus on results, our professional staff and worldwide experience with the latest challenges in the IT Industry ensure the best cost, performance and availability outcomes for your business. Achieve a measurable difference in compliance & quality of your business standards worldwide.
- We meet customer needs for speed-to-market and efficiency.
- We organise, preserve, protect and secure all data in line with forthcoming GDPR regulations.
Cloud Strategy & Planning, Implementation
- ISO Compliant architecture through our Cloud Partners AWS, Microsoft and Oracle.
- Physical & Virtual systems optimisation using Docker containerisation.
- Systems building within private/hybrid public cloud taxonomies in line with company data protection guidelines and cloud data ISO Compliance.
- Due diligence across your entire infrastructure
Audit, Risk Analysis & Control, Security:
- Infrastructure and enterprise management & monitoring, logging.
- Business continuity service: backup, replication, disaster recovery and high availability technologies
- Independent data-center infrastructure audits: performance, DR, regulatory, cost
- Risk controls :data diversification, duplication, risk reduction, risk avoidance, risk prevention, data separation
- Update and patching in-line with newly agreed update policy across all Cloud infrastructure
- Security Incident Event Managment
Software & Hardware Life-cycle Management:
The flexibility of cloud based services will allow any company to potentially take a phased approach to transitioning to a fully cloud based operating model. For example, this could start with the transfer of infrastructure management and ultimately be completed through the full management of applications in the cloud. Existing legacy systems are unlikely to achieve this in terms of technical capabilities and refreshing them to do so through on-site infrastructure and application investments is not considered cost-effective.
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