Cloud computingThe enthusiasm for cloud is well deserved, as the pay-as-you-go utility model for IT can provide tremendous competitive advantage.

Reduced costs, optimized operations and workloads, and freedom to tackle larger IT issues are all proven benefits achieved by many organizations that have deployed cloud environments. But success requires an optimized cloud strategy based on well defined, accurate requirements tailored to an organization’s unique needs.

As a Sirius cloud architect, I spend my time meeting with IT executives around the nation, in every industry. I often see cloud deployments that are not optimized, and an inability to scale applications to meet short- and long-term business requirements. I also see valuable but underutilized cloud services that could provide potential savings or true optimization.

A deployment of cloud services without clearly defined requirements can result in sub-optimal cloud resources and increased risk. When considering cloud strategy, you have to look at the entire cloud ecosystem. A starting point I use is this cloud requirements checklist:

  • Current infrastructure
  • Application infrastructure
  • Storage
  • Network
  • Security & compliance
  • Regulatory requirements (PCI, PHI etc.)
  • High availability & disaster recovery
  • Monitoring and management requirements

Sirius provides cloud solutions across all deployment models, as well as full consulting services. Our services begin with a complimentary Cloud Briefing, where we work with you to uncover your unique requirements for a successful cloud deployment in order to maximize the business value of your cloud strategy. Contact Sirius today to learn more about our comprehensive approach to documenting business drivers, examining the technology environment, and identifying and evaluating potential cloud alternatives.

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