Which cloud platforms are right for your business? SCC‘s cloud solutions can help you overcome your business challenges and deliver the outcome you need.
Everything is now a cloud of some sort or offered “as a service” which is great in terms of choice and flexibility but how do you assess the options and make the right decisions for your business?
As CIOs seek flexible and agile solutions to business challenges such as IT resilience and cost savings, distributed cloud models are expected to play a more significant part. But which cloud platforms are right for your business, and when and how do you decide to move something to the cloud or keep it on-prem?
Understanding your application roadmap is part of the answer.
We want to hear from you and help explore the options available and share the pros and cons involved. Understand what advantages distributed cloud offers and the key things to consider for your cloud strategy.
Watch SCC’s Solutions Director Nick Martin talk about getting the best business value out of your cloud strategy.
Start with the why
There are many reasons why organisations consider the cloud – cost reduction, speed, agility and flexibility are just a few.
But to successfully migrate workloads to the cloud, organisations need to consider why they want to move. What does a successful future landscape look like and is the business in agreement?
This is vital in making sure you make the right platform, location and partner decisions to support business applications and workloads and ensure business continuity.
Every organisation is different
What informs decisions to move to the cloud will vary between organisation. Decide what good looks like for your organisation and spend time aligning with the wider business aims.
Do you want to reduce costs, retire legacy applications, create new cloud native applications or adopt a DevOps approach for key business applications?
Industry sectors will also determine the route you take. Some organisations simply don’t want their data in the public cloud.
You have options
When it comes to the cloud, there are varying options – public, private, hybrid, distributed.
And there are many vendors to support the route an organisation takes. The hyperscalers launch new services all the time and offer additional functionality and applications that may appeal to your business and future strategy.
Alternative providers and emerging hardware vendors may add niche value as organisations move to multi-cloud approaches.
Organisations have choices available for who operates, maintains and governs their applications.
Cost has always been a concern with cloud migrations, and for distributed cloud models this is no different.
There are varying license models available such as pay as you go and subscription agreements. IT leaders need to ensure control over use and access to cloud infrastructures or risk a hefty OpEx bill.
Another concern is right-sizing what the business uses versus what’s available. Monitor storage and use to prevent sprawl and wasted spend.
The challenge is having the skilled people and finops culture that allows cost control and increased investment where required.
Secure and stable
Secure and stable cloud implementations are key to supporting the business. Distributed cloud models offer advantages around compliance with country specific data regulations. Every production environment, whether public or private cloud, needs a DR environment that has to be constantly tested and maintained.
Data security and risk of data loss is improved as data resides in different locations. Best practices from IT leaders includes proactive monitoring to ensure vulnerabilities and misuse is identified fast.
Latency is another area to be assessed – a cloud implementation isn’t successful if end users have a poor experience, which is often where solutions like SD-WAN come into play.
Distributed cloud models offer opportunities for improved latency and response time, depending on the nature of the applications and user experience technology.
Many people offer cloud readiness assessments, but these are really just a comparison of servers and storage. Whilst this is valuable there are many other more important factors to consider and these are part of the SCC cloud readiness assessment as standard.
How we’ve helped our customers move to the cloud
In 2015, Secure Trust Bank (STB) undertook a strategic review where it examined its approach to how it provisioned systems and all associated cloud and IT services.
Roy Aston, Chief Technology Officer at Secure Trust Bank:
“Working with SCC has given us access to a range of cloud technology services and industry experts that work with us to define and implement the solutions that are supporting our vision to build the best bank in Britain“
“It appears that both SCC and STB share the same ambitions for their businesses even though we operate in different markets. In today’s environment that’s really refreshing and a credit to SCC”
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