3 Ways the Cloud Delivers Faster Value to Your Business

3 Ways the Cloud Delivers Faster Value to Your Business

There is little doubt that the cloud has fundamentally changed the way that modern business operates. As more and more organisations adopt cloud computing, a leading analyst firm is reporting that “by 2020, a corporate ‘no-cloud’ policy will be as rare as a ‘no-internet’ policy is today”.

The cloud has also altered the way organisations view and value their IT. The ability to sign up online and start consuming services instantly is now a given. This has changed the expectation on how long it should take before IT starts delivering value. This need for a faster turnaround on value has inspired many IT departments to embrace the agility and flexibility of the cloud, or risk being left behind.

Here are 3 key ways the cloud delivers value fast.
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Here’s How to Optimise your Disaster Response with Azure

Here’s How to Optimise your Disaster Response with Azure

With high numbers of cyber attacks affecting businesses every day, a disaster response plan is imperative for every organisation. Would you believe there are still many companies, including publicly listed ones, that don’t have an adequate business continuity plan in place?

It’s no wonder given the complexity, high cost and lack of flexibility of traditional disaster response solutions. The good news is that the cloud now offers a better way to bounce back after a catastrophic event. Azure Site Recovery offers a simple, flexible and affordable approach to disaster response and business continuity. Here’s why. Continue reading

How to Get Complete Visibility of Your Cloud Costs

How to Get Complete Visibility of Your Cloud Costs

One of the key reasons organisations are moving to the cloud is to take advantage of the flexible payment model. Your upfront fees are replaced by a “pay only for what you use” model giving you greater control over your spending. However, this level of freedom means you need to closely manage your cloud usage. With a strategy that includes adequate reporting tools, you can experience significant savings, but if you don’t have complete visibility, you’ll likely end up with unnecessary costs.

When you have the right set-up, Azure includes all the tools you need to track and effectively manage your cloud usage and spending. Here is a cheat sheet on how to position yourself with the right reporting tools in Azure, to get the most value from the cloud. Continue reading

3 Ways You Can Get More for Less in The Cloud

3 Ways You Can Get More for Less in The Cloud

When you move to the cloud there’s a huge opportunity to reduce your IT costs and get more for your money. The usage-based pricing model of the cloud offers complete flexibility and control over your spending, which is one of the biggest drawcards for businesses considering migrating.

With a little forward planning, the cloud brings significant cost savings – but skip this important step and you’ll likely blow your budget fast. So, to avoid unnecessary bill shock, make sure you start with a clear and informed cloud strategy that sets out not only your goals, but also how you’ll manage your costs.

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Successful vs Unsuccessful Cloud Migration Strategies

Successful vs Unsuccessful Cloud Migration Strategies

After working with many customers over the last 6-7 years with cloud migrations, we’ve seen what makes a successful migration strategy, and more importantly some common traits in the migrations that aren’t so successful.

A key consideration for cloud migration is the business expectation – cloud brings an expectation of agility, flexibility and rapid evolution. Any strategy that spends a long time going through design or validation before turning on any features is viewed poorly by the business, and as a result undermines the trust that IT has in that organisation.

We see two main strategies that drive a successful cloud migration:

  1. A new workload being deployed to the cloud
  2. A datacentre migration to reduce complexity or costs.

The third, and most common strategy we see for cloud migration, is to review all workloads and transform them into the cloud. This strategy tends to lose steam and stall, and the business perception is a long running, poorly delivering IT project.

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How To Get Your Design Effort Balance Right In The Cloud

How To Get Your Design Effort Balance Right In The Cloud

When customers start to plan out a cloud strategy, design and architecture are important first steps.

However, there is a temptation to design this in the same manner as traditional on premises infrastructure projects, and deploy in the same traditional waterfall project management methodologies.

We’ve seen many designs that are a comprehensive document going over hundreds of pages – but unfortunately this level of detail is often too much to maintain and adopt in an organisation, resulting in a big document that nobody ever reads or follows. It also goes out of date very quickly as a result.

How do you make sure you aren’t over-engineering the solution, or even worse under-baking the design? Each organisation has a different requirement, but it’s vital to get the design right for cloud architecture to achieve success for your organisation.

In this article we’ll give you some tips on how to get the balance correct and design the solution adequately for the business requirements. Continue reading

5 Things to Check Before You Run a Production Workload in the Cloud

5 Things to Check Before You Run a Production Workload in the Cloud

These days, many enterprises are considering running their production workloads in the cloud – to save money, time and resources, boost innovation, and increase speed and flexibility.

But to realise these benefits, you need to do it right.

There are many new capabilities that fundamentally change the way we approach this technology, and if you want to maximise the benefit of these capabilities, it’s important to consider these from many perspectives – strategic, design, operational, governance, and security to name a few.

So, before you start running production workloads in the cloud, make sure you check the following. Continue reading

3 Questions You Must Ask to Ensure Your IT is Aligned with Your Business Strategy

3 Questions You Must Ask to Ensure Your IT is Aligned with Your Business Strategy

Today, technology has a major part to play in the success of almost every department of every business – but many organisations’ goals and technology decisions are far from aligned.

Often, executive teams see IT as an expense they need to manage rather than an important part of the business strategy that will help them achieve their goals.

Are your IT and executive teams on the same page? Here are three questions you can ask to find out. Continue reading