Oncore IT News - 18 June 2012
Lifting off into the Cloud
Lifting off into the Cloud – the process of developing a Cloud strategy
So, you’ve decided that moving some or all of your IT to the Cloud makes sense commercially and operationally. What next? Our organisation has a proven method for capturing client requirements that you might find instructive to compare to other suppliers. In other words, what does a good discovery and scoping process look like?
Specifically, we carry out the following steps:
- A proper a site survey checklist, using a LAN discovery exercise to identify all nodes on your network; This leads to a suggested set of benchmarks for what the topology should be capable of delivering; We will thus accumulate enough data whereby we can measure the production rate/quality of a client’s infrastructure – for example, how quickly an online back-up process works;
- A solution will be developed, proposed and tested which may or may not include elements of Cloud if and only if applicable and helpful to the client’s environment; Post implementation, the initial performance hypothesis can be tested;
- If a Cloud solution is suggested, this will be (genuinely) tested in a controlled engineering environment so the customer has a clear idea about ROI (or as close as possible as it is to get). One common example is providing failover where none had been before, or at least was not fit for purpose; Before a solution is handed over, it is thoroughly audited and tested, with full documentation provided; With all our implementations, disaster recovery is carried out twice a year (both scheduled and ad hoc).