Is your IT Infrastructure running out of space?

Is your IT Infrastructure running out of space?

There’s no excuse – if you’re having space constraints, you’re actually constraining the agility of the business your IT department serves!

Today businesses need to address problems and opportunities quickly. With a focus on business intelligence, IoT, big data, etc – IT is critical to business success – particularly in public service organisations.

On-premise systems by definition have capacity limits, in compute or storage. Once at capacity, no additional systems or workloads can be provisioned. Business agility is reduced.

We’ve never met a CEO who enjoys the CIO telling them “No – we can’t do that!”

So – what are the potential issues with on-site infrastructure?

  1. There is a physical storage or compute constraint
  2. There are delays and costs involved in removing this constraint
  3. Any unresolved constraint has a demonstrable, negative impact on the business
  4. Generally technology is supported by the vendor for 3 years – upgrading re-starts the process of expenditure, impending limitations etc.

Embracing a new paradigm

The public cloud – Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform  – should be considered:

  1. There are no boundaries – new systems can be “spun up” as required
  2. Access to additional infrastructure is instant
  3. Ongoing on-premise hardware upgrades, maintenance costs etc disappear
  4. Cloud does a lot more than “host servers” including the following to name just a few:
    1. Backups – reduce the necessity for tape/disk-based backup, and reduce the cost of long term off-site storage
    2. Archive – move old, infrequently used data to inexpensive yet readily accessible off-site locations
    3. Platform as a Service – use cloud to reduce the space required to implement operating systems – providing more provisioning, and hence more business agility.

The 5 key questions for you to consider

  1. Which – if any – public cloud(s) should my organisation embrace?
  2. Which workloads, storage elements etc should we move to the cloud?
  3. What’s the best transition plan? How do we get there?
  4. How do we ensure appropriate governance, security etc?
  5. How do we get the best value?

Next steps

To find the answers to the above – and any other questions –  go to our infrastructure storage assessment page and answer a few brief questions and we will contact you to assist you identify your options.

Our 3 Best Blog Posts of 2017

Our 3 Best Blog Posts of 2017

Last year we published quite a few articles about moving to the cloud.

These covered everything from the questions you need to ask yourself first, through to successful strategies, and more.

We’ve put together a list of the top 3 blog articles by popularity, in case you missed any when they were published. Here are our top 3 blogs from 2017…

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What You Need to Know about Reserved Instances

What You Need to Know about Reserved Instances

There has been a lot of talk surrounding Microsoft’s Azure Reserved VM Instances (RIs) lately, and with good reason.

The opportunity to purchase Azure compute at lower prices than current agreements has caused many organisations to get more than a little excited. AWS has has long had EC2 reserved instances available, so the Microsoft release has attracted a lot of attention.

However, before you jump on board and enable this new feature, you need a clear picture of how RIs will affect your organisation.

Here we’ll explain how RIs work, and discuss the benefits and drawbacks to help you decide if enabling them is the right move for your organisation. Continue reading

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.

Here are three key ways to optimise your costs and get maximum value from the cloud. Continue reading

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.

This article explores the differences and how to ensure success for your strategy to the cloud. Continue reading

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