The cloud is complicated. Cloud providers make it seem cheap and easy but it represents a big shift in thinking, skills, process and cost. It is easy to get in but difficult to get right. With some careful planning, the cloud can solve a lot of problems in the enterprise. You can get all the benefits of the cloud while keeping the business and IT happy. Keep what works and use the cloud to improve where you can. Harnessing the cloud requires planning, solid commercial grounding, reform projects and management of cloud services. The goal is to get all the advantages while avoiding the pitfalls. Login...

Plan

You can’t implement change without a business case. The business expects you to do more with an ever-decreasing budget. Parts of the IT landscape work well and others need modernisation and improvement. Over time there are systems and services you are proud of and those you know need improvement. You first need to understand the costs and capabilities as they stand. Once you have a better understanding of where you are you can start looking at scenarios for reform

Transition

It is one thing to understand where you are, where you want to go and how you pay for it. It is quite another to make the leap. Cloudstep assists in working through this change process by scheduling reforms operationally and financially. Through standards based recipes and patterns, cloudstep can take applications and workloads and help migrate them to the cloud in a manageable way.

Manage

Once an application has been transitioned to the cloud it needs to be managed. The whole lifecycle needs to be respected. There are projects to transition in and again, projects at decommissioning or refresh. This is often a collaboration between ICT, the business and external service providers. Cloudstep can assist with the management of cloud environments built during the transition phase. This includes operational and cost management.

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Understand the change program

Many reforms require projects to implement change. Cloudstep models these in a timeline and also accounts for their costs as both capital costs and part of the total cost of ownership over a period of time.

See the whole financial picture

Cloudstep can build a five year capital and operational expenditure overview in seconds. You can explore different scenarios to understand the best course of action. You can build complex business cases based on evidence and hard costs, not speculation.

Understand costs in AWS, Azure and on-prem

Cloudstep can discover information about your physical and virtual infrastructure. It looks at the entire portfolio of infrastructure services from Azure and AWS and can show the cost of your server fleet deployed in the cloud and how much that would cost. Cloudstep navigates the minefield of on demand, reserved, spot and other instance types and compares servers, apple for apples between the public cloud providers. Further, cloudstep can tell you what the hourly or monthly cost of your existing on-premises infrastructure. This includes infrastructure, labour, licensing and other services. See a real comparison between the cloud and on-premises servers that reflects your reality, not a vendor’s assumptions.

Understand how everything fits together

Cloudstep can quickly model teams, functions, applications and their implementation on infrastructure. This shows you which teams use which applications and importantly how these applications are delivered.
This lets you answer some very important questions:

  • What is the total cost of running an application?
  • What is the true impact of the failure of a piece of infrastructure?
  • How much does a virtual machine cost?

Once you have a handle on how it all fits together you can look at how to reform systems and applications to reduce cost and risk while improving effectiveness. You can’t go somewhere until you know where you are.

Work out the best way to deliver services

Applications are complicated to deliver. They require a lot of interdependent infrastructure and effort from infrastructure and support teams. Comparing different implementation strategies means that you have to understand all the costs. Cloudstep analyses all of this and can show choices side by side. To deliver an application there are different layers of cost. For instance operating SharePoint either on-premises or in SharePoint Online can mean a different cost base but the cost of managing information remains.

Use cloudstep Orchestrator to implement your plans

The cloudstep Orchestrator is a tool that can help deploy your transitioned cloud services into AWS, Azure, Office365 or Google. You can choose from one of cloudstep’s many off the shelf deployments of common components or we can build completely customized services that are unique to you. Anything you create with the orchestrator is linked back to the cloudstep Modeller to understands its role in your environment.

See all your cloud services from above with Orchestrator

The cloudstep Orchestrator is like a birds eye view of the various cloud offerings you take advantage of. It doesn’t try to re-invent the wheel or second guess how Azure, AWS or Google do things, it just sits on top letting you easily deploy resource and account for them in your financial models.