Six Steps That Simplify Moving to the Cloud

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By nature, all cloud software stacks have a management component to them, but it’s important to ultimately manage the cloud environment as each new application is moved into place. Will the company bill back usage of a certain application to specific business units inside the organization? If so, a specific toolset will be needed to monitor what IT resources that department is using. Another robust toolset may be needed to manage additions and changes to applications.

An experienced solution provider can help point out the toolsets from different vendors that will best meet that user’s specific needs; HP and VMware, for example, have extensively integrated tools – HP for the management and deep monitoring of physical infrastructure and VMware for management of the virtual and cloud infrastructure. Each is aware of the other, seamlessly interacting so that a single management objective is achieved.

IT pros have to know just what resources they have at their disposal that can be leveraged to deploy new applications as they’re added to the cloud environment. This means management considerations like orchestration, automation and governance should be top-of-mind when designing a cloud roadmap. Keep in mind, things like chargeback, automation and provisioning are all complex tasks that require best practices and clearly documented procedures for successful implementations. An experienced solution provider with this knowledge can be a tremendous asset in these instances.

After virtualization, cloud computing may be the next logical step for many enterprise organizations. What savvy CIOs are looking for today is a roadmap with clear directions on how to get there. To help, Logicalis, an international IT solutions and managed services provider, has identified six steps that simplify the journey to the cloud.

“Enterprise organizations are clearly taking the steps needed to become virtualized, and many already have a solid converged infrastructure foundation in place. The problem is, they’ve stalled there; they’ve stopped just short of implementing a cloud strategy that can give them the kinds of IT efficiencies they wanted when they started the virtualization process,” says Brett Anderson, director of enterprise computing for Logicalis US. “The key to continuing along that path is to implement a few important steps that will simplify the move to the cloud and to combine those steps with the right hardware and software from leading vendors like HP and VMware. Proven leaders like these in consolidation, virtualization, and software optimization and development coupled with a solid cloud strategy and deployment plan create a roadmap to the cloud that meets the business needs each company uniquely identifies for itself.”


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