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      Being cloud smart with your cloud journey

      Today, many organizations are operating across multiple clouds. In a recent survey commissioned by Dell Technologies, Vanson Bourne found that 74% of organizations had either fully completed or were making significant investments in multi-cloud environments1. However, organizations must ensure these multi-cloud investments do not proliferate out of their control – an effect known as “cloud sprawl.”

      What is the impact of cloud sprawl?

      Cloud sprawl is often the byproduct of a “cloud-first” initiative — thinking of the public cloud as the sole destination for all workloads. However, today’s reality is that business happens across private clouds, public clouds and edge cloud environments. CIOs and cloud architects need to improve their cloud adoption strategies in order to avoid cloud sprawl’s impact, including:

      • IT left with an inability to automate activities across clouds
      • Increased risk due to complex shared responsibility models across public cloud providers
      • Increasing difficulty to meet service-level agreements (SLAs)
      • Eroding cost efficiencies

      Taking control of your cloud environments
      By thinking of a cloud as a set of experiences to bring to all your environments, not a destination, you can implement a coordinated cloud strategy. Doing so enables you to establish a cloud consistent operating model across all environments and ultimately let business requirements, not technology limitations, determine where workloads reside. 

      Successfully delivering cloud experiences to all your workloads will include:

      • Workload placement according to application requirements 
      • Consistent control across your IT landscape
      • Proper security postures for each environment
      • Compatible infrastructure offerings

       


    • Proven four-step approach

    • STRATEGIZE

    • IMPLEMENT

    • ADOPT

    • SCALE

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      Strategize

      Key actions and a cloud adoption roadmap

      Define your “as-is” and “to-be” states
      Mock-up your current multi-cloud architecture, identifying and categorizing any issues. Determine the strategic vision for your “to-be” state, depicting target workload deployments, planned cloud services, and environmental connectivity.

      Gauge your teams’ cloud readiness
      Discuss the different stakeholders impacted by cloud adoption, and how to build around their strengths using familiar tools and processes. Work to align IT and developers or end-users around common goals.  

      Construct your cloud adoption roadmap
      As you begin building your cloud strategy, understand how business priorities, available resources and the scale of your strategy will drive your cloud modernization and migration initiatives. Allow your business requirements to determine the scale and sequence of your cloud adoption. 

      Below, we have mocked up an example of an organization, with 1,000 apps, choosing to take a three-phase approach. Oftentimes organizations will have to complete the four cloud adoption steps multiple times, accounting for different levels of application prioritization. Cloud implementation is a complicated process, and there are no definitive timelines to follow — simply work to put an actionable plan into place that aligns to your business and IT objectives.

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    • Strategize

      Considerations for your cloud workloads

      Modernizing your applications

      In the strategize stage, align with your cloud stakeholders to plan how to turn your existing applications into cloud applications. 

      Below is how you can determine the future of your applications, ensuring that business and app requirements guide your decisions. 

      1. Start by looking at immediate needs and any occurring triggering events to prioritize applications for cloud migration. In some cases, migrating a workload makes sense because it simply increases the application’s value. 

      2. You can rewrite into a cloud application; re-platform, or “containerize” the application; rehost the application, moving it as is; repurchase as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS); retain the application as-is; or retire if the application is surplus.

      3. As you have decided the application’s future, the opportunity to introduce new infrastructure and consumption models becomes clear. Familiarize yourself with their requirements, benefits and limitations.

      4. Finally, you will need to determine a location for each application. Decide if it’s best to run the application in a private or public cloud — if a private cloud, decide on a colocation facility, edge environment or data center.
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    • Your cloud modernization options

      It is important to understand the difference between your cloud modernization options for your apps. The diagram below can help you understand value and effort required by each. Note that value is not just revenue – it encapsulates the capabilities, automation and the reduction of infrastructure investments that cloud provides. 

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    • Understand your data needs

      Data is another key consideration in determining a workload’s cloud deployment. Below are six characteristics you can use to determine a suitable environment for your workload. The sliders demonstrate which environment will deliver more value for a given characteristic. 

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    • VOLUME

      The amount of data you need to move and manage. 

      MOVEMENT

      The needed mobility of your data between environments and associated fees.

      VELOCITY

      The speed at which data is processed and the ability to meet real-time needs. 

      UTILIZATION

      How often you’ll need to leverage data and what kind of processing power you’ll need.

      SENSITIVITY

      The level at which data must be protected, and your ability to meet data sovereignty needs.

      REDUNDANCY

      Following best practices for backup and disaster recovery.

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    • Strategize

      Your team’s cloud readiness

      While developing your cloud strategy, you’ll need to also get your organization cloud smart. Build out a training plan tailored to your team’s needs and knowledge base.

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      Developers and users

      Developers and users need cloud technologies to drive productivity and agility, but they will be hesitant at anything that creates undue friction and impedes innovation. 

      Solution: Embrace cloud-native development and cloud flexibility to boost agility, incorporating existing tools and processes. 

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      IT operations

      IT will be on the front line of organizational change, welcoming simplified processes and management but may be challenged by cloud migrations. 

      Solution: Focus on increasing visibility and control across cloud environments for your IT team via consistent operations and infrastructure.

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      Business leaders

      In order to remain competitive, your leaders need a cloud deployment that is flexible while staying on budget. 

      Solution: Strategically place workloads to meet present and future business needs, ensuring your cost model provides flexibility.

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      Implement

      IT automation

      By now, your proposed strategy should be validated. Now, establish connections between your environments to enable operational consistency and workload mobility.

      Operational consistency helps you overcome the complexity of managing disparate environments and security policies across clouds. As the needs of your business will change over time, it’s crucial to build in the necessary flexibility to shift workloads to a more suitable environment.

      Enabling IT automation

      The way organizations need to deliver IT is changing. Previously, organizations thought about IT in a project mentality, with tasks assigned and passed between teams in a waterfall methodology. This process has failed to keep up with the speed of business, due to the wide variety of disciplines needing to work together and the multiple, time-consuming handoffs required.

      You must instead deliver IT through a services mentality. Funnel work through a self-service cloud portal or equivalent application programing interfaces (APIs), and define policies that enable your organization to automate their tasks and delivery of necessary infrastructure to your business units. Use the power and flexibility of the cloud to transform your entire organization, saving time and resources while streamlining operations.

       


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      Adopt

      Understand your cloud model

      Now it is time to begin operating your cloud environments. Implement appropriate monitoring tools, then begin running your workloads and measuring performance and productivity. 

      Delivering cloud capabilities to all environments

      Your organization’s cloud success is directly tied to the operating model you put in place to manage your cloud environments. If your workloads are not compatible and consistent, you will not gain the flexibility and agility you intended. 

      You must be able to freely place workloads unbounded by operational constraints while exercising control over every environment. 

      Your developers will have access to the resources they need at any time, your analysts can glean insights from all your organization’s data, and – most importantly — your assets will be protected by a single set of policies spanning the entire system. 

       

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    • ADOPT

      Measure day two operations

      Success will look different for every organization. However, below are some common traits that most organizations will use to gauge the success of ongoing cloud adoptions. 

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      Overall cloud operations

      • Implementation activities have been completed and the roadmap is refreshed.
      • Well-defined and executable business continuity plan is instituted.
      • Financial blueprint and savings targets are established.
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      Security and compliance

      • Risk profiles are established.
      • Access control is defined across all roles.
      • Encryption solution is tested and validated.
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      Performance

      • SLAs are being met or exceeded for data protection and application availability.
      • IT can deliver services within the timeframe that developers require.
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      Innovations

      • Develop or test environments have been spun up.
      • Teams are consuming native cloud services.
      • Developers are embracing microservices and agile methodologies.
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      Scale

      Technical and business review

      After you have started operating your environment and have begun gathering data on how resources are performing, it is important to re-engage your core group of stakeholders with this information. Analyze your environment against your pre-determined success metrics and establish a plan to course correct where needed, scale out where appropriate and implement new capabilities.

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      Technical Review

      What to check for:

      • Conduct compatibility tests – does your cloud operating model enable consistent operations across all your environments?
      • Assess service level agreement metrics – are you getting the performance and capacity that you need?
      • Gauge overall workload performance and data integrity – are there any problem areas and do you have a plan to migrate workloads if needed?
      • Ensure compliance – have you verified compliance throughout your ecosystem before expanding at scale?
      • Confirm security posture – have you completed rigorous security audits and made any necessary corrections to your organization’s security postures?
      • Update data protection and disaster recovery – have you completed your evaluation of your plans and made updates where needed?
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      Business Review

      What to check for:

      • Collect feedback from employees on access, capabilities, and productivity.
      • Understand app, data, and workforce KPIs, and the impact each has on business operations.
      • Evaluate cost data and build a plan to stabilize public cloud costs.
      • Identify workloads that should move to different environments to optimize performance and costs.
      • Evaluate time-to-market for new products and/or product features.
      • Investigate customer complaints and synthesize feedback to identify solutions.
      • Track adoption rates of cloud workloads.
      • Measure your organization’s understanding of roles and responsibilities relative to each public cloud’s shared responsibility model.
      • Conduct TCO analysis to build a schedule for the next wave of cloud adoption.
    • Getting help with your cloud implementation

      Dell Technologies deploys and manages clouds seamlessly around the world, so we understand how to optimize cloud adoption while mitigating the challenges and risks to transformation. 

      Our experts are here to help with your cloud journey. Dell Technologies Services not only provides a structured approach during each stage of your cloud journey, but the depth of our expertise ensures that no matter what your business goals, we can help you achieve them. We offer the following services: