Moving to the cloud is, perhaps, the largest paradigm shift in recent years, improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the enterprise technology footprint.
Once properly implemented, cloud services and solutions can deliver:
This has led many boards/CEOs and CXOs to ask, is it time we move to the “cloud”?
Cloud computing is a way to leverage Internet-based computing to provide shared processing resources including applications and data to enterprise users on demand and on any device 24/7. It provides ubiquitous, on-demand access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications and services) which can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal internal effort thereby reducing dependencies on internal IT resources. Cloud computing provides users and enterprises with capabilities to store and process their data in third-party data centers on a per user and use basis similar to paying for electricity or water to a utility.
In reality, “moving to the cloud” can mean many different things and may come in many different shapes and sizes. In a very simple scenario, if you already keep documents, contact information, and other data – like finance information or email – in a central location like SharePoint, Dynamics CRM, Dynamics GP, or Exchange Server rather than on your local computer, you’re already half way there!
But when we typically talk about the “cloud”, we’re referring to infrastructure that stores your organization’s applications and data offsite. The diagram below shows the multi-faceted picture of consideration for the enterprise that is considering a “move to the cloud”.
A private cloud is a particular model of the cloud that involves a distinct and secure cloud based environment in which only the specified client can operate and accessible only by authorized users within a single organization providing the organization with greater control and privacy. The private cloud offers the same basic benefits as public cloud like self-service and scalability, multi-tenancy, the ability to provision individual servers/machines, and changing resources on demand as well as direct control over their data. In addition, private cloud offers hosted services to a limited number of people behind a firewall, so it minimizes the security concerns some organizations have around cloud.
Under the public cloud model, services are provided in a virtualised environment, constructed using pooled shared physical resources, and accessible over a public network. To some extent they can be defined in contrast to private clouds which ring-fence the pool of underlying computing resources, creating a distinct cloud platform to which only a single organization has access. Public clouds, however, provide services to multiple clients using the same shared infrastructure and allocates bandwidth and storage based on changes in user demand.
A hybrid cloud model, where some of an organizations applications and/or data resides in the cloud, can really be structured in a large variety of ways. This can include continuing to use internal infrastructure, in combination with either or both public and private cloud offerings.
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Moving to the cloud requires a structured well thought out implementation plan. Our three step methodology starts with proper analysis and design to ensure that your cloud deployment, regardless of the model you choose, goes smoothly.
End to End Assessment of Current Infrastructure
Deploying cloud solutions will minimize the amount of IT resources required to install and configure the software and enable users to be up and running faster with little or no training required.
Microsoft Cloud solutions are deployed and configured in Microsoft data centres that are accessible 7/24 from any device at any time. With the best service level agreements (SLAs) and industry leading uptime, you and your staff will no longer need to worry about internal network issues.
You can rely on the experienced business & technical teams at CRGroup to help plan, transition and support your migration to cloud solutions. We have expertise in a comprehensive list of leading CPM, budgeting, HR, BI, and ERP cloud systems and are able to leverage Microsoft’s Canadian datacenter as well as Azure, to keep your company’s data localized and secure.
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