Take back control. Get cloud right.

Cloud computing offers unparalleled speed and agility. But, adopting cloud without a decisive framework for managing cloud services can lead to disappointing results. To thrive in the cloud, you need control.  How do you balance performance and cost in a complex IT environment?

The CloudRight approach.

CloudRight is a comprehensive framework for maximizing the full potential of cloud services. It empowers IT with the right cloud strategy, adoption framework, and IT environment optimized for your IT and business needs, enabling you to:

  • Gain insight and control of cloud deployments. 
  • Migrate additional workloads to the cloud. 
  • Migrate workloads from public to private cloud. 
  • Rationalize hybrid cloud. 
  • Improve performance of cloud assets. 
  • Provide business-IT transparency about cloud costs. 
  • Rightsize cloud spend. 
  • Align corporate strategy and cloud strategy.
The CloudRight Framework

The Cloud Learning Center

What are the 5 key characteristics of cloud computing?
  1. It is an on-demand, self-service computing model.
  2. A cloud consumer can access the environment from anywhere.
  3. Resources like storage, processing, memory, and network bandwidth are pooled and shared.
  4. It is flexible and can scale on-demand to changes in your business needs or cycles.
  5. It is a measured service that is charged based upon service consumption. You pay for what you use.
For more details, watch a 3-minute video.
What is the difference between a cloud-first strategy and a cloud-right strategy?

A cloud-first strategy pursues cloud adoption and legacy modernization first and foremost when adding, creating, or updating applications or infrastructure to an IT environment — regardless of fit or function.

A cloud-right strategy pursues the best strategy that balances an organization’s unique circumstances and goals when adding, creating, or updating applications or infrastructure to an IT environment. It leverages current IT infrastructure in combination with cloud service models (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS), taking a holistic approach that considers IT, the total cost of ownership (TCO), and business needs.

What are the 3 types of cloud computing?

Cloud computing offers 3 different service models:

  1. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
  2. Platform as a Service (PaaS)
  3. Software as a Service (SaaS)

Each service model provides for network, compute, storage, and other services via a remote physical location which can be accessed from anywhere via the internet. Public cloud services are managed by third-party vendors such as Google, Microsoft Azure, and Amazon Web Services (AWS), and other niche players.

What is Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)?

Infrastructure as a service is the foundation of all cloud service models. It combines compute, storage, network and other basic infrastructure resources for an organization to run any type of software application, workload, or operating system in the cloud.

For more details, watch a 3-minute video.

What is platform as a service (PaaS)?

Platform as a service is a virtual cloud environment that provides the tools, infrastructure and operating systems needed for a software or application developer to create, modify, and update software and applications.

For more details, watch a 3-minute video.

What is software as a service (SaaS)?
Software as a service delivers an application that is hosted in the cloud and licensed to end users who consume its features and functions. The application is hosted by a service provider who manages the underlying infrastructure, maintenance, compliance, and security upgrades.
What is the difference between public cloud and private cloud?
A private cloud is a single tenant, high-performance environment with pooled resources dedicated for use by an enterprise. It is managed in-house or in a service provider’s data center with enhanced security protection for sensitive data.

A public cloud is a multi-tenant environment that offers fast provisioning with pooled resources for use by multiple enterprises. It is managed by third-party providers and offers a pay-as-you-go model with basic security protections.
10 guiding principles for getting cloud right

01.

Treat your cloud environment as an extension of your on-premise IT, with defined controls and principles. 

02.

Align your cloud strategy with business objectives to create a holistic cloud solution versus short term fixes. 

03.

Align process, procedures, and operational activities to be more agile and responsive to the cloud environment.

04.

Develop a roadmap that is SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-based). 

05.

Carefully vet cloud services providers and only utilize vendor specific features with justifiable benefits.

06.

Develop a cloud architecture to meet your cost and security requirements.

07.

Ensure that your cloud strategy operates with your traditional IT Infrastructure.

08.

Be realistic about the current state of your organization’s cloud maturity, skill sets, and capabilities.  

09.

Align your service continuity approach with your cloud strategy. 

 10.

Be proactive in managing and pruning cloud services to minimize cloud sprawl and contain costs. 

Get CloudRight.