6-Move_to_the_cloud-A

6-Move_to_the_cloud-A - PLANNING A MOVE TOTHECLOUD TIPS...

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Sponsored By: The Cloud is confusing… well it can be, and that’s where CloudU™ comes in. CloudU is a comprehensive Cloud Computing training and education curriculum developed by industry analyst Ben Kepes. Whether you read a single whitepaper, watch a dozen webinars, or go all in and earn the CloudU Certificate, you’ll learn a lot, gain new skills and boost your resume. Enroll in CloudU today at http://cloudu.rackspace.com/ PLANNING A MOVE TO THE CLOUD TIPS, TRICKS AND PITFALLS CloudU is a service mark/trademark of Rackspace US, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries
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Executive Summary Cloud Computing is a paradigm shift that sees the dawn of a new age of computing driven by distinct benefits. Given the undeniable value to be gained from a move to Cloud Computing, it is hardly surprising that many organizations are contemplating a shift “to the Clouds.” Experience has shown however that organizations are concerned around the logistics of the move and worried about unintended consequences and problems. In this paper we describe three broad areas that organizations need to think about when moving to the Cloud: Technical considerations related to specific technology challenges that Cloud Computing may raise External business considerations related to dealing with third-party Cloud providers Internal business considerations related to potential non-technology impacts upon the business caused by the move to the Cloud Within these three areas we highlight specific topics that organizations should understand prior to a move to the Cloud. Table of Contents Executive Summary 1 The Benefits of Cloud Computing 2 Technical Considerations 3 Which Apps? How to Decide 3 Security Considerations 3 Compliance Considerations 3 Performance Considerations 4 Migration Strategy 4 Architecting for the Cloud 4 External Business Considerations 5 What To Do About Sunk Costs? 5 Costs and Planning for Variability 5 Vendor Lock-In 6 Choosing a Vendor 6 Internal Business Considerations 8 Planning for Shifting IT Responsibilities 8 Lack of Formal Qualifications 8 Dealing with Objections 9 Conclusion 10 About Diversity Analysis 11 About Rackspace 12
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Planning a Move to the Cloud: Tips, Tricks and Pitfalls © Diversity Limited, 2011 Non-commercial reuse with attribution permitted 2 The Benefits of Cloud Computing In an earlier CloudU whitepaper 1 we discussed the benefits that Cloud Computing brings to an organization. These benefits can be summarized as falling into several distinct categories: Virtualization – The ability to increase computing efficiency Democratization of computing – Bringing enterprise scale infrastructure to small and medium businesses Scalability and fast provisioning – Bringing web scale IT at a rapid pace Commoditization of infrastructure – Enabling IT to focus on the strategic aspects of its role These individual benefits combine to produce a shift that we believe is revolutionary and will have a permanent impact on organizations.
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