Journey to the Cloud

Your journey to the cloud

The journey to cloud requires more planning than a round the world trip.  A huge amount of research is needed to understand the options available regarding the route, the timing, the budget and the final destination.  Below we have mapped out what we consider to be the four important steps to preparing for your journey.

Data Centre Modernisation

Today’s digital businesses require modern data centres with agility and scalability to support rapid business innovation.  Key attributes are:

Agility by Automation – Key to accelerating the delivery of services and applications is by automating the delivery of infrastructure and application components, including network and security services, in a standardised, consistent, scalable, repeatable and secure manner.

Next-Generation Apps – Modern businesses require apps that are able to adapt to changing requirements, scale to meet customer (or staff) needs, and that can support multiple platforms without the need for constant input from specialist developers or IT departments. The key benefit of Next Gen apps, is their capacity to enable non-technical staff, to manage day-to-day updates, add content, and adjust app configuration. DC Modernisation enables the use of portable app frameworks or containerisation which allows for the packaging of compute, networking and storage services enabling mobility across cloud providers.

Software defined private cloud - Enabling cloud integration for hybrid workloads begins with a software defined private cloud.  This approach delivers enterprise-ready, high performance infrastructure that is more flexible, more agile and more cost-effective across compute, storage and networking.

Hybrid cloud – Modern data centres need to be able to extend to public clouds as required whilst ensuring security, compliance, availability, performance and cost optimisation.

Transform Networking & Security

The security and networking challenge confronting organisations ultimately revolves around the need to secure the interactions between users, applications and data – all in an environment that is constantly changing and is becoming increasingly dynamic.  A fundamental transformation in the approach to network security is required:

Embrace Cloud Networking – In the same manner that virtualisation for servers transformed infrastructure mobility, networking virtualisation enables standardised, repeatable security to be applied. Importantly, this applies to not only private cloud services but the same policy can be maintained as the workload is migrated between public cloud providers, significantly improving security and compliance adherence whilst reducing operational overheads.

Secure App Infrastructure – traditional perimeter security mechanisms are no longer sufficient.  Bringing security closer to the application significantly reduces the surface area of attack and ensures that security and compliance is linked to the application, not the platform.

Bridge Clouds – Connectivity is king (see next week’s blog!) in cloud.  The right connectivity such as SD-WAN can put you in a much better position to be able to migrate workloads between platforms for the best application delivery.

Empower Digital Workspace

Delivering applications and services across multiple cloud locations requires a way to unify the application experience for users.  This involves the simplified consumption of apps and services whilst maintaining control and governance of the user experience, avoiding the proliferation of Shadow IT.

Simplify App and Access Management – Offer frictionless, consumer-simple access to services, applications and data whilst maintaining security via contextual policy based enforcement.

Transform Windows Delivery – Deliver Windows Applications and desktops from on-premise or as Desktop as a Service alongside all other enterprise applications from a single self service catalogue.

Unify Endpoint Management – Have confidence that security and governance is maintained regardless of platform or device ownership

Integrate Public Clouds

How do you adopt public cloud services whilst avoiding ‘lock in’, re-tooling, application re-architecting and a unique set of operational models?

Application Portability and Modernisation – Modern and portable applications allow for easier migration between your private cloud and multiple public clouds through the use of standard frameworks and toolsets.

Standardised Operational Models – extend your existing private cloud governance, security and operational policies across multiple cloud providers

Transform Skills & Tools – leverage the same tool sets and management applications for your public cloud environments as you do your private cloud platforms.

You don’t have to tackle the journey to cloud on your own. Contact your LIMA Account Manager today to book a workshop with our Solutions Architects to start exploring the possibilities for your organisation.