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 It also goes out of date very quickly as a result.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

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

Rapid recovery with Office 365

Rapid recovery with Office 365

Our customer had a significant server hardware failure that resulted in their email being unavailable. Like many of our customers, email is a key technology that the business relies upon, and having extended outage time is simply not acceptable.

After a rapid evaluation of the options available, CNI migrated the customer’s email platform to ‘the cloud’, using Microsoft Office 365. Within 4 hours the customer was up and running again with full email functionality, powered by the cloud. This rapid resolution allowed our customer to continue working at full productivity, without any further impact to the business. Our team then assisted with the server hardware restore and migrated all the legacy email data to the cloud, ensuring there was no loss of data for the business.

By migrating to Microsoft Office 365, our customer’s email downtime was eradicated entirely. In addition to the improved uptime, the customer also standardised their desktops with the latest version of Microsoft Office, included with Office 365. This software now automatically updates directly from the cloud, resulting in improved performance and reduced IT support costs.

Another benefit of this migration was the increased storage, as each user now experiences a 50Gb mailbox and 1Tb of data storage that is secure, and always available. This was delivered without any additional hardware purchase or capital expense.

As a result of the migration the staff have experienced increased productivity, through the ability to access their email and data from any location.

Microsoft Office 365 not only saved the day and recovered the business, but delivered significant benefits for the organisation.