23 July 2015 blogs Alessandro Cardoso 5 min read
Microsoft’s hybrid cloud allows us to have the benefits of scale, speed, and agility of the public cloud in our own on-premises environment, protecting existing investments. In era of Cloud and Mobility, each organization needs to adopt the best solutions in order to increase reliability, security, productivity and ROI.
Cloud and mobility have been permeating many subjects in the IT industry in recent years, with a spate of supplementary new tools and increasing reliance on them to add business value. Despite this, an element of ambiguity in how best to utilize them in business still remains.
Cloud Mobility has reached the enterprise. Taking on Cloud Mobility provides opportunities in areas such as business transformation and empowering employees, resulting in delighted customers. The combination of mobility and the cloud promises new ways for employees to work, collaborate, and access applications from virtually anywhere, at any time.
Also, loads of customers are now doing business online, accessing sites and apps from a widespread array of devices around the world. Think about a retailer with an online shop presence or an engineering company with many construction sites. Well, these scenarios could be expanded to many others as their decision makers share common ground: the need to know (reporting), the impact, risks, where to invest, and the actions in case of demand (i.e. seasonal sales, site expansion/shutdown, growth, contraction) be it high or low. Think about the $$$ sales their business could lose if the cloud infrastructure cannot handle/accommodate an unexpected load. Is your current Cloud infrastructure prepared for that?
So, while Cloud holds many advantages for business, certain insurances are recommended:
- The Vision for Cloud and Mobility- Are there any blockades (such as security, accessibility, management, monitoring) that are holding the IT team back from implementing Cloud Mobility? Are you taking any steps to remediate it? Will the cloud enhance your end user’s ability to work anywhere?
- Operational- Do you have information that can enable and ensure continuous operation to support your business growth?
- Management and Monitoring- Is the Cloud management and monitoring solution capable of demonstrating its value for business?
- Effective reporting process- Is there any solution in place to report on capacity planning?
- Service-level agreement- How capable is the solution in place to meet the SLA’s objectives?
Another important area to cover is to make sure the Cloud infrastructure is sufficiently robust to uphold the Cloud effectiveness from a Cloud App and end user access perspective, as well as from a business-growth perspective. Developments in mobile-cloud computing are bringing wide changes to the services that are supplied. These changes are shifting users’ life and working styles.
Businesses evaluating Cloud Mobility solutions should weigh in solutions that add business value, provide automation and self-service, and integrates with existing mainstream hyper visors as well as private-cloud and public-cloud platforms. It is important to have a system in place capable of managing and monitoring with an effective reporting process for both environments from a unique view, as that can prove to be a challenger across complex private cloud implementations. This will safeguard you against certain risks while giving you insights about your Cloud infrastructure for tuning and optimization perspectives as issues with scaling and managing growth will inevitably pick up, especially as more mobile workers access cloud-based data and applications.
Many organizations struggle to find the right solution that adds real value to their current system: the weight of business requirements and the cloud infrastructure, what the impact is across the organization, and how it can pre-empt these, while adding innovation.
IT Admins and IT Managers need a greater understanding, not just about a specific workload or virtual machine running in their cloud environment, but the full picture, with information and its own implications available, as they need to know the best configuration to improve their cloud implementation. In terms of cloud management and monitoring solutions, I recommend Microsoft System Center. What I like about Microsoft System Center is the ability to manage and monitor the whole cloud stack from hardware to software, from private implementation to public implementation, as well as its ability to allow 3rd party solutions to fully integrate to provide higher added value.
One of my recommended 3rd party add-ons which integrates with System Center is Savision’s Live Maps. Live Maps is a powerful, unifying tool for monitoring service health and performance, bringing IT and business together by letting them speak the same language. Live Maps provides intuitive ways to model business services including components from both private and public cloud environments. Stakeholders in a company can view the health of all defined business-critical services in real-time on the Services Overview Dashboard from anywhere, on any device.
Simplify your Infrastructure: Cloud Mobility is not just about technology. It is a transformational compound to the business.
- Transform your business: a positive cloud experience often begins with your end user: have guidance in place on how cloud will empower your employee/customer. Create champions, coach them.
- Control your cloud environment: focus on optimizing user experiences for every solution your business delivers. Make sure you have a system capable of “extending” the information to the business decision makers.
- BYOD adoption would allow workloads to be delivered to any device, anywhere. Create device policies and lock down corporate data on non-corporate devices
- Combine public cloud resources with your own private cloud to provide elasticity and optimization.