Cloud Migration: 6 Benefits of Cloud Managed Services

Every business runs on information. Without proper cloud management, you are exposing your business to various threats and most importantly expensive downtime. Your Cloud migration strategy should take a holistic view of all the aspects involved in meeting the business and technical goals of your organization which includes Cloud Managed Services. This article talks about how you can manage cloud in an optimum manner to make the most out of it.

This is the 4th part of the Cloud Migration article series, read the other three articles right here.

Cloud Migration: Are You Cloud Ready?

Cloud Migration: Choosing a Cloud Service Partner

Cloud Migration: Strategies For A Successful Migration

 

What is Cloud Managed services?

Single-tenancy, multi-tenancy or a hybrid cloud environment, you need extensive cloud knowledge to support it. In many instances, the internal IT team don’t possess enough bandwidth, knowledge or resources to upskill on time to effectively maintain a cloud environment. A Cloud Managed Services provider will not only help you in managing your cloud security, computing, storage, network operations, application stacks but also provide technical support to automate and enhance your business operations.

As per the recent report by a CompTIA survey of over 400 businesses who utilize some sort of managed service, reported that

  1. 46% have reduced their budget by 25% or more
  2. 13% of the above cut IT spending by more than 50%
  3. 50% said they have cut annual costs by anywhere from 1% to 24%

Cloud managed services is all about entrusting your daily IT management for cloud-based services in safe hands so that you can stop worrying about threats to your information or expensive downtime and focus on running your business.

 

6 Benefits Of Cloud Managed Service Providers

    1. Cost Saving – Hiring a full-time IT department for a small to medium sized business is expensive and often unnecessary. You can control and reduce costly network maintenance, by outsourcing your cloud managed services. A cloud managed services provider like Sysfore technologies can help your organization save thousands of dollars each year on the cost of an in-house IT department.
    2. Subscription Plans – Optimize your IT support expenditure with fixed monthly service plans that are customized as per your requirements and budget.
      1. Scope based annual engagement model
      2. Incident-based engagement model
    3. Robust Infrastructure – Depending on the service agreement, a cloud managed services provider can scan and monitor the network for patch requirements, security and more. A CMS provider will also incorporate your current business practices with your network to coincide with your organizational goals.
    4. Centralized Network Services and Fast Response Times– All your applications and servers will be managed in a central data center. This allows you to build a centralized network where users can access centralized data including virtual services
    5. Data Safety – Secure your data across all cloud services and applications. In the event of a disaster, your business and operations can continue with minimal downtime
    6. Technical Expertise – When vendor specific issues arise, cloud managed service provider can take care of the issue without your intervention on the same. As a certified Microsoft Gold partner and AWS consulting partner, we understand the technicalities involved and can help you get back in business in no time.

Sysfore Ease – Service around the clock

As a Cloud service provider, our technicians come with years of experience and we are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our experts constantly monitor your servers and systems and update them as required – of course without any further costs or request from you. All our services are monitored, and we ensure you get the best of our services your business demands.

We provide the following services that enable automation, brokerage, governance, and lifecycle management of cloud services.

cloud managed services

What differentiates us from other service providers is our inimitable skill of multi-cloud management. We understand cloud applications and the importance of security for your Infrastructure.

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Get Sysfore Cloud Managed Services For Your Enterprise

Sysfore, A Microsoft Cloud solution provider and a Gold Partner, uses leading network, technology, and service expertise to deliver our service anytime, virtually anywhere, quickly and efficiently. We have helped over 80 small enterprises and 30 mid-sized enterprises across the globe for a successful cloud migration in the past 8 years. 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.

Cloud Migration: Strategies For A Successful Migration

The global cloud computing market is now worth $180 billion in vendor revenues with the market still growing at 24% annually (source: Synergy Research). It’s extremely critical for organizations to carefully think through their cloud strategy as cloud gives even the small player the ammunition to overthrow the biggies in a short period of time.

While planning for cloud migration you should take a holistic view of all the aspects involved in meeting the business and technical goals of your organization.

The 4 major activities involved in cloud adoption for any business are:

  1. Cloud Readiness assessment
  2. Choosing a Cloud Partner
  3. Cloud Migration strategies
  4. Cloud Management

The right cloud migration strategy is crucial for a successful cloud journey

cloud migration strategies

In this article we are going to delve deep into strategies for cloud migration:

After cloud readiness assessment and choosing a cloud partner, business needs should be evaluated, potential benefits should be validated, and a cloud migration strategy must be defined. The migration strategy should encompass the business priorities, application usage scenarios, challenges, technology benefits, risks and challenges. Based on the cloud migration strategy, a roadmap should be designed which can provide detailed activities involved.

Planning and Assessment

 

Technical & Functional

As part of cloud readiness assessment, application architecture review would help in deciding the best suitable cloud platform or services to deploy the application. Based on the chosen cloud and technology matrix, cloud architecture should be drawn up in detail.

The cloud architecture should cover the following critical things

  • Compute resource configurations
  • Network architecture
  • Storage models
  • Load balancing
  • Setup Backup/Disaster recovery plan
  • Security – Both at Application & Infra level
  • Setup for alerts/monitoring

 

Financial

Once the cloud deployment architecture is decided upon, a monthly estimate of the cost is calculated. With the estimated monthly spending a cost benefit analysis should be carried out in an objective way. This would be considered as the baseline and the variable parameters like storage, bandwidth should be defined with clear growth numbers.

According to Forrester’s cloud predictions, “global public cloud market will jump from $146 billion in 2017 to $178 billion in 2018. Beyond this year, Forrester predicts it will continue to grow at a 22 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR).”

By the end of 2018, more than half of global enterprises will rely on at least one public cloud platform for digital transformation. -Forrester

 

Transformation & Migration

A detailed migration plan with the phases involved, application batches for migration, staging setup, data migration plan and testing plan should be abstracted.

Managed and Unmanaged Tools

Once the basic cloud architecture is set up and required resources are provisioned, resources should be moved based on the identified priority and also applying the dependency constraint using varied tools. For e.g. Backing up VM and moving it to cloud or creating an instance on VM and then installation/ configuration of all the existing applications.

Microsoft Azure and AWS have cloud migration tools which could help in easily deploying some applications to cloud.

Microsoft Azure has a standard process outlined, read now.

If you need an easy, one-and-done method to move data at small scales, go for the following tools:

 

Refactoring

Review the technology stack to validate the compatibility of the application with the cloud. The changes that are identified as a result of this exercise and the best option should be agreed in conjunction with the customer.

Post Migration

This phase focuses on setting up the manageability aspects of the cloud environment

Documentation

As a good base for reference, all the changes implemented, architectures, tools used should be documented to ensure everything is in place. The document should include information around security setup, database management, storage space, completeness of resource migration, data validation, application stability, BOM(monthly used services with cost), backup and DR policies, etc.

As a best practice, keep the dynamic data close to compute and static data close to the user.

Cloud Managed Services

This activity focuses on setting up the manageability aspects of the cloud environment. As a first, maximum process/activities should be automated for minimal manual intervention. Automation can be done in the areas of autoconfiguration, scaling, monitoring, backup, release & updates.e.g: Automation of scaling up your cloud instance when the average of CPU value 10 minutes is greater than 70%.

Cloud monitoring is another key area that is important for cloud management. Implementation of monitoring at both infrastructure and application level should be done by leveraging the inbuilt tools offered by the cloud provider.

There are a few cloud monitoring tools and management solutions which are designed to help create a more proactive cloud.

  • Microsoft Cloud Monitoring – Using Azure cloud? Look no further,  Microsoft gives you a full picture of your web app’s performance by providing log analysis, application monitoring, and security alerts. The best part is that these tools are built into Azure, so you don’t have to install any new software. Microsoft Cloud Monitoring is perfect for companies who want a simple solution for monitoring their Microsoft stack.
  • Amazon CloudWatchAmazon CloudWatch is a monitoring service for AWS cloud resources and the applications you run on AWS. You can use Amazon CloudWatch to collect and track metrics, collect and monitor log files, set alarms, and automatically react to changes in your AWS resources.
  • Third party tools include: ExoPrise, Datadog, Logic Monitor and many more

Sysfore technologies manage cloud environment with a model around inputs from the client on appropriate up-time, DR strategy, resource usage, SLA based commitments, incident based response and resolution times.

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Cost optimization

64% of the time the cost changes and it is likely that the initial estimate might decrease or increase. A few reasons for cost change are increased storage space, data transfer issues, prolonged migration duration.

Draft a revised bill of material to make sure the actual cost is in par with the initial cost estimate. Return on Investment (ROI) should be calculated to perform a cost-benefit analysis in an objective way.

According to recent stats, it is estimated that by 2020, more than 1/3rd of the data will pass through the cloud. Well, it would be better to learn swimming than to sink.

Here are the following benefits you would get as a result of cloud migration:

  • Modernize Current IT asset base
  • Prepare for future needs
  • Lower infrastructure costs
  • Increase Business Agility
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Security

Sysfore, a Microsoft Gold partner, uses leading network, technology, and service expertise to deliver our service anytime, virtually anywhere, quickly and efficiently. We have helped over 80 small enterprises and 30 mid-sized enterprises across the globe for a successful cloud migration in the past 8 years. 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.

Cloud Migration: Choosing a Cloud Service Partner

Cloud computing is changing how IT service is developed, deployed, scaled, maintained and paid for. Synergy research declared 2015 as “the year when cloud became mainstream” According to a research report by Synergy, from Q4 2014 to Q3 2015 cloud revenue has increased exponentially. Despite the proliferation of cloud usage, its full potential still remains relatively unexplored.

Part 1: Are You Cloud Ready?

A cloud service partner can guide you through the limitless possibilities with cloud and can help you achieve the guaranteed efficiency effectively. Your cloud partner must be able to support you meticulously, following the SLAs from sales through service, which is not something every vendor can achieve. The right choice will mean a mutually beneficial partnership, while the wrong choice could mean a disaster.

Choosing a cloud service partner involves deeper considerations than selecting a standard vendor, as you will be putting entire aspects of your cloud business model in their hands. The inundation of new entrants in the market means that service partner has little to no experience in hosting or application delivery, thus raising concerns not only about their current service performance but also the ability to evolve their services to meet future needs.

 

What to look for in a Cloud Service Partner?

The primary challenge for the enterprise is to identify a cloud service partner with a portfolio that includes expertise in a full range of environments for its workloads. Also, the portfolio should extend beyond today’s vision and offer a foundation for your future cloud strategy. Specifically, look for the following characteristics:

    • Interoperability: To make the most out of cloud services, enterprises should select a partner that enables workloads to span across multiple environments.
    • Security: When a cloud service partner enters the cloud, you are entrusting the information with them. Businesses should make sure that the cloud service partner keeps security as a priority.  Ensure that they build the cloud architecture for optimal protection, including measures to isolate enterprise workloads on physical servers, protections against Internet-borne attacks, and clear administrative access controls.
    • Cohesive and Dynamics Migration strategy: Is the cloud service partner’s cloud offering a hastily launched effort to survive the current momentum, or is it a diligently built foundation for future services? Cloud service partner that is committed to the transformational potential of the cloud will be able to articulate a clear vision of the future and will invest development resources to ensure they are leading—not following—the trends.
    • Experience: The cloud service partner should have a track record in managing enterprise data centers, providing secure hosting, and delivering mission-critical applications.
    • Flexibility: Just as different workloads are suitable for different environments, they also require different configuration and delivery parameters. As such, the cloud service partner should offer a menu or range of options related to performance, security, and resiliency, enabling the enterprise to select—and pay for—just the settings it requires for each workload.
    • Technical Expertise: Make sure your cloud solution partner offers a range of managed and professional services to help you develop a cloud strategy, migrate to the cloud, and maintain optimal cloud performance

The key to making this decision work is to forge effective partnerships.

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.