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Migration to Cloud: Realizing the Value Proposition
Cloud Computing is a model for delivering services over the Internet, on demand, and a ’pay‐as‐you‐go’ basis. With this model of computing, organizations need not make capital investments on hardware, software and networking and can take care of the peaks and troughs in their computing demand without having to plan for them. The resulting savings in IT spending and overall business agility are causing a growing number of companies to embrace Cloud Computing today. At the same time, before they migrate to the Cloud, organizations must examine key considerations and benefits of Cloud Computing and the manner in which they can leverage its advantages.
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...... According to a recent research by Gartner...................... and storage disks are made available to organizations as services on a need‐to basis.................. such as software application platform or infrastructure........... allows IaaS providers to offer almost unlimited instances of servers to clients......... Independent technology and market research firm Forrester Research has described Cloud Computing as “a standardized IT capability............................. delivered via Internet technologies in a pay‐per‐use and self‐service way........................ Infrastructure‐as‐a‐Service (IaaS) In the case of IaaS. 5 ... 6 Defining Cloud Computing Leading IT research and advisory company..... 4 Deciding on the most relevant approach to migrating to the Cloud .......... while making cost‐effective use of the hosting hardware.. 20 percent of enterprise e‐mail seats will be delivered via the Cloud.... Virtualization (a software/hardware technology that uses a physical resource such as a server and divides it up into virtual resources called Virtual Machines—VMs)...... Gartner Inc.... platform or software—is available to users on a “pay‐per‐use” basis as scalable services.... private and hybrid Clouds ..................................... Companies can use IaaS to build new versions of applications or environments without having to invest in 2 ......... 2 Public..... by 2012. the computation capability—including infrastructure....” Under the Cloud model...... defines Cloud Computing as a style of computing in which massively scalable IT‐related capabilities are provided "as a service" using Internet technologies to multiple external customers........ Conclusion ..... Gartner also states that Software as a Service will experience compound annual growth of 17 percent through 2011 for SCM.................................. CRM and ERP markets in the Small and Medium Businesses segment. network devices............................ servers........................................Migration to Cloud: Realizing the Value Proposition Table of Contents Defining Cloud Computing ............. 4 Ensuring a seamless transition to the Cloud .......................
Platform‐as‐a‐Service (PaaS) This layer provides a platform for creating and delivering applications on cloud. economies of scale. HR management. PaaS is about multi‐tenant development architectures. to monitor usage and charge for it. with power/cooling. The chief advantages of this layer is the fact that users don’t need to deal with the hardware. Microsoft’s Online Services are an example of SaaS for the enterprise. With PaaS. Organizations can use these to take care of their payroll processing. where the monitoring capability resides within the platform and integrated billing. CRM and collaboration. Unlike traditional environments. each with multiple active projects all sharing the same underlying resources. in its 2008 report. “Emerging platform wars. where scalability is not a concern. PaaS platforms additionally provide integrated management. 3 . monitor their traffic and keep them running 24x7.Migration to Cloud: Realizing the Value Proposition physical IT assets.” PaaS platforms are functionally different from traditional development platforms in that they may also provide multi‐tenant development capability to support multiple users. anytime‐anywhere basis. but include tools for mash‐ up based development. without hogging up internal IT resources. PaaS solutions are essentially platforms that provide a defined set of Application Programming Interfaces (API) for development and deployment of applications in the Cloud and accessed through a browser. developers can build Web applications without installing any tools on their computers and then deploy those applications without any specialized systems administration skills. where scalability of the application and data tiers is built in. physical security. on‐demand provisioning.” has defined PaaS as “cloud‐based Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) that not only incorporate traditional programming languages. Software‐as‐a‐Service (SaaS) This layer includes applications that may run on the Cloud and are available to Web users or enterprises on a pay‐as‐you‐go. the SaaS layer encompasses offerings that are targeted at various organizations and enterprises. Increasingly. McKinsey & Company. Apart from applications that directly touch consumers. organizations are using IaaS to host their Websites. etc.
which is a blend of the public and private Cloud. and hybrid Clouds Apart from its different layers. companies must also back their roll out with necessary legal compliance and risk management strategies and contractual protections. A private cloud is deeply integrated with the application platform and customized to provide identity protection. By regularly monitoring all implementation and post‐deployment activity and bringing together the entire stakeholder on the same platform.Migration to Cloud: Realizing the Value Proposition Public. appliance based integrations and access technologies to create a private cloud of service‐oriented environment for enterprises. the required infrastructure is provisioned by the provider dedicatedly for the target customer/company. private and hybrid Clouds. A more recent. public or hybrid Cloud? Once they have made this decision. RoI strategies and TCO assessments. KPIs. hardware or applications on a shared basis. private. issues related to the sharing of responsibilities between the enterprise and the provider governing such a cloud. By undertaking a realistic assessment of the choices before them. However. They must attempt to understand how technologically mature they are and the various aspects of the Cloud they want to deploy to begin with. users can cut migration issues. Companies must gain insights on their own IT and business requirements before they can opt for the Cloud. and the approaches needed to migrate to the environment. The hybrid cloud. Is it to be IaaS. make it a slightly complex deployment option. PaaS or SaaS? Should they go for a private. architecturally new concept in Cloud Computing is the hybrid Cloud. In public Clouds. the infrastructure services are provided by a hosting provider that manages these offerings. seamless and successful. 4 . the Cloud is also visible through three variants— the public. the migration to the Cloud can be smooth. Deciding on the most relevant approach to migrating to the Cloud Companies choosing to embrace the Cloud have to weigh the pros and cons of the business model. In this scenario. and works as an extended data centre. In the case of the private Cloud. created for an enterprise. can leverage the benefits provided by both public and private clouds. without investing in software. which imply Cloud Service Agreements. companies simply avail of all the IT services from the provider. maintain control of the implementation and make sure that security is not compromised.
uptime. Does my industry or business have stringent compliance needs? What is the preferred technology and development platform for my company? What are the performance requirements of applications and services and I plan to use from the Cloud? • • • In this way. 5 . including data centers. by answering some of these key questions objectively and subjectively and assigning weights to each parameter. resource pooling. Provided they can decide on what they want migrated to the Cloud and how they can go about it. This score card will take into account the extent of “digitization” and scale of existing IT infrastructure within a company. organizations can arrive at a score card that determines the usability of the Cloud for them. the business value and utility oriented application portfolio and the geographical spread of IT resources. requiring stringent SLAs. they can leverage the myriad benefits of this platform including its ability to scale up quickly. Is my application mission critical. rapid flexibility and measured service. By defining these criteria. Do I require very highly customized services? This also makes Cloud services unviable. productivity and efficiency. from the perspective of the vendor/service provider. organizations must ask themselves the following questions: • • • • • Is my demand for using Cloud services constant or varying? What is my frequency of usage? Very high frequency usage may make the “pay as you go” model of the Cloud unviable. that the vendor may not be able to meet? In what stage is my Line of Business or company in my growth plan? Start ups are more amenable to the Cloud than companies high up in terms of business maturity. companies can avail of the features of the Cloud. The Cloud allows for better utilization of computing power and storage and ensures high availability.Migration to Cloud: Realizing the Value Proposition Ensuring a seamless transition to the Cloud In order to make sure that the Cloud delivers on all its promises. virtualization and reduction of computing hardware and cost savings. broad network access. including on‐demand self service.
Large Data Management. organizations must map their needs and business objectives to the benefits that the platform offers. SaaS. Our expertise spans the domains of Data Analytics. Cloud Computing. With ongoing investments in research and application of emerging technology areas. Inc. No part of this document. The manner in which companies migrate to the Cloud will depend on the business goals they are aiming to address with their deployments. Impetus Technologies. may be reproduced. and Social Media among others.7111 | Email: inquiry@impetus. USA Tel: 408. By moving different applications to the Cloud in a phased manner. or used for design purposes without the prior written permission of Impetus Technologies Inc. 5300 Stevens Creek Boulevard. as well as its capabilities.252. transmitted. 6 . Mobility Solutions. stored. the background of the vendor/Cloud service provider must be examined. and an agile approach. companies can gain greater confidence in the environment and gradually overcome the challenges involved in the migration. in whole or in part. San Jose. CA 95129. based on their criticality and the required time lines. except as otherwise indicated. About Impetus Impetus Technologies offers Product Engineering and Technology R&D services for software product development. At the same time.Migration to Cloud: Realizing the Value Proposition Conclusion In order to ensure a smooth migration to the Cloud. Suite 450. innovative business models.com Regional Development Centers ‐ INDIA: • New Delhi • Indore • Hyderabad Disclaimers The information contained in this document is the proprietary and exclusive property of Impetus Technologies Inc. we partner with our client base comprising large scale ISVs and technology innovators to deliver cutting‐edge software products. Performance Engineering. Testing. experience and delivery excellence within the space.
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