Cloud Migration: Are You Cloud Ready?

A cloud adoption assessment will help your enterprise determine whether the organization is ready for cloud, type of cloud, cost estimate and the areas that need the most attention to successfully adopt cloud.

The result of the assessment will provide your organization with pros and cons to support a business case – cloud migration.

are you cloud ready?

Cultural readiness

An important measure while considering a migration to the cloud is the acceptance of cloud among your organization’s staff. Due to the proliferation of cloud use in our everyday lives, personally and in business, acceptance generally has increased.

 

‘Cloud’ and ‘digital’ have become widely used words, but mean different things to different people. Do your stakeholder priorities align with the benefits your project should bring?

 

Needs assessment

Mapping the needs and wants of directors, heads of service and other stakeholders into an assessment (in relation to cloud) enables you to plan exemplars and use cases that are the best fit for cloud. Showing value early is a great way for organizations to buy into the benefits and so identifying services which are ‘quick wins’ will certainly help your cause.  

This process also identifies the areas of the organization that don’t see the relevance of cloud

Disseminate the digital vision clearly to heads of service and other stakeholders. In parallel, seek to understand their goals and priorities and relate those to characteristics of cloud

 

Technical readiness

A detailed assessment of the business’ ICT landscape should be carried out because your ICT landscape would be a mix of applications, operating systems and hardware versions. A methodical approach and a mix of the right tools and expertise is required to assess the ICT estate

The assessment should look into the networks, servers and applications against a range of cloud options to identify incompatibilities and other gaps which will need to be remedied if the systems are migration candidates

Before thinking about adopting cloud, legacy systems should also be checked to ensure they will work effectively with your chosen cloud provider. If it is discovered too late that they are not compatible, the implications on cost and time could be dramatic.

 

Budgetary readiness

Cloud is a rental model. This could be a change in the way your organization funds projects, these rental commitments must be understood by finance directors. For cloud adoption to succeed long term, it must be able to demonstrate an improvement in cost control and financial forecasting.

A comparison of the enterprise’s current ICT spending alongside the projected cloud deployment and service expense can give the business insights on the most cost-beneficial plan.

Transformational projects are investments, there must be acceptance of the necessity for investing to save and investing to focus on the organizational mission.

 

Resource readiness

Can you realistically achieve your goals on time, using your existing resources?

Understanding your current commitments is key to knowing if you can also balance the demands of cloud migration project. If there is a time pressure it is unlikely that internal teams will succeed in balancing business-as-usual commitments against the burden of cloud-related training, planning and execution.  

Choosing a credible and reliable service provider can help you in this situation and add value to the organization.

The cloud readiness assessment is as much about philosophical readiness as much as system readiness. Open minds to cloud technology, and you open up possibilities.

Sysfore, a Microsoft Gold partner, uses leading network, technology, and service expertise to deliver our service anytime, virtually anywhere, quickly and efficiently. Contact one of our experts today and we will help you find the perfect solution for your business. Write to us at info@sysfore.com or give us a call at +91 (80) 4110 5555.

Azure stack & Use Cases: Infographic

 

What is Azure Stack?

Azure stack is an integrated platform of software and hardware that lets you use Azure public cloud services in a local data center allowing the organization to construct hybrid cloud. Both Infrastructure as a service and Platform as a service is available on Azure stack for companies that develop web apps.

 

Azure Stack shares its code, APIs and management portal with Microsoft Azure for a common platform to address hybrid cloud issues, such as inconsistency between cloud and on-premises environments.

 

Benefits of Azure Stack

  • Increased productivity by enabling developers to develop and run applications in the same way, irrespective of whether apps are run in Azure or Azure stack
  • Azure Stack uses the same application model, self-service portal, and APIs that were activated via Azure Resource Manager.
  • Shared DevOps tools mean that you benefit from continuous deployment and continuous integration using Jenkins and Visual Studio Team Services, as well as automation features offered with the Chef and Azure PowerShell DSC add-ons.
  • Open source: A wide range of open source technologies such as Java, Python, Node.js, PHP, Docker-integrated containers, Mesosphere DC/OS, and Cloud Foundry can all be used.

 

For companies that develop web-apps, Azure stack offers both Infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service. The code, APIs and management portals are shared with Azure for a collective platform to address hybrid cloud issues, such as inconsistency between cloud and on-premise environments.

 

The infographic below illustrates some of the prevalent challenges and the solutions to overcome these hurdles.

 

azure stack

 

Microsoft has decided to make Azure stack available through approved vendors and implementation partners because of the following reasons:

  • Azure Innovation

Customers are ready to compromise at the infra layer to gain faster time to value and need to stay updated with the latest innovations in Azure

  • Quality and system reliability

A recent customer survey clearly changed Microsoft’s belief in quality and reliability. Customers are looking for an end-to-end solution that works just fine, not only in terms of deployment time but also for adaptability when new updates are introduced.

Azure stack can accelerate your data center with power and versatility, helping enterprises to modernize on-premise assets, develop cloud skills, and simplify infrastructure.

Get a technical consultation with an Azure stack expert from Sysfore now and get:

  • Azure stack architecture solution review
  • Assistance in planning the architecture of your solution
  • Assistance in price and guidance
  • Use these materials as rudimentary deployment plan

 

Sysfore, a Microsoft Gold partner, uses leading network, technology, and service expertise to deliver our service anytime, virtually anywhere, quickly and efficiently. Contact one of our experts today and we will help you find the perfect solution for your business. Write to us at info@sysfore.com or give us a call at +91 (80) 4110 5555.

Benefit of using Azure Cosmos DB for MongoDB applications

Benefit of using Azure Cosmos DB for MongoDB applications

Azure Cosmos DB is Microsoft’s globally distributed, multi-model database service for mission-critical applications. Azure Cosmos DB provides turn-key global distribution, elastic scaling of throughput and storage worldwide, single-digit millisecond latencies at the 99th percentile, and guaranteed high availability, all backed by industry-leading SLAs. Azure Cosmos DB automatically indexes data without requiring you to deal with schema and index management. It is multi-model and supports document, key-value, graph, and columnar data models.

 

Azure Cosmos DB databases can be used as the data store for apps written for MongoDB. This functionality means that by using existing drivers, your application written for MongoDB can now communicate with Azure Cosmos DB and use Azure Cosmos DB databases instead of MongoDB databases.

 

Using this functionality, you can easily build and run MongoDB globally distributed database applications in the Azure cloud with Azure Cosmos DB and it’s comprehensive industry-leading SLAs while continuing to use familiar skills and tools for MongoDB.

You can develop applications using MongoDB and deploy them to production using the fully managed, and globally distributed Azure Cosmos DB service.

 

Benefits of using Azure Cosmos DB for MongoDB applications

 

Elastically scalable throughput and storage

Easily scale up and down your MongoDB database as per your application need. For low predictable latencies, data is stored in solid-state disks (SSD). Azure Cosmos DB supports MongoDB collections that can scale to virtually unlimited storage sizes and provisioned throughput. You can elastically scale Azure Cosmos DB with predictable performance seamlessly as your application grows.

 

Multi-region replication

Azure Cosmos DB transparently replicates your data to all regions you’ve associated with your MongoDB account, enabling you to develop applications that require global access to data while providing tradeoffs between consistency, availability, and performance, all with corresponding guarantees.

 

No server management

Azure Cosmos DB is a fully managed service, which means you do not have to manage any infrastructure or Virtual Machines yourself.

 

Automatic indexing

By default, Azure Cosmos DB automatically indexes all the properties within documents in your MongoDB database and does not expect or require any schema or creation of secondary indices

 

Enterprise grade

Azure Cosmos DB supports multiple local replicas to deliver 99.99% availability and data protection in the face of local and regional failures.

 

 

Gain an in-depth understanding of Azure Cosmos DB — a multi-model, global-scale database from Microsoft that transparently replicates your data wherever your users are. Contact us today to learn how you can implement Azure Cosmos-DB in your organization and find the perfect solution for your business. Write to us at info@sysfore.com or give us a call at +91 (80) 4110 5555