5 signs you’re ready for the private cloud
The digital transformation journey that many organisations are beginning, often start with establishing a partnership with a private cloud provider, and the migration of a substantial set of workloads to the provider’s facility. This is a first step that begins to relieve the IT organisation from the resource-intensive, day-to-day care and maintenance of legacy applications running on internal, on-premise infrastructure.
The CIOs role begins to evolve from a builder and manager of data centre functions, and becomes one of collaboration with the C-level leadership team to transform the organisation into a growth engine far beyond its legacy beginnings. There are direct benefits derived from a migration to private cloud infrastructure.
- The provider’s hosted private cloud servers are physically located in the same enterprise-class data centres as public cloud providers, with all their stringent requirements around physical and logical security, redundant power, redundant networks, bullet-proof ITIL service management processes, and so on.
- Having your private cloud in highly resilient locations allows your organisation and users anytime, anywhere remote access connectivity into your organisation applications at 10Gbit speeds.
- Your DR and Organisation Continuity plans can be made more streamlined, and would be easier to implement and test regularly.
Another perspective is that moving to a private cloud exposes you to additional opportunities to further reduce dependence on IT as a support organisation.
We have mentioned in other articles that the physical – or virtualised – servers you may choose to retain on-premise for file, print or DHCP functions, could be part of the same pay-as-you-go private cloud arrangement. Here we have the beginnings of a Hybrid IT environment where all care and maintenance is in the hands of a partner like Somerville and our trusted partner HPE.
In addition, the Somerville private cloud hosted in the data centre, opens up many new services to your organisation via private links into the public cloud (Azure Express Route or AWS Direct Connect). So if you should choose to augment your private cloud and on-premise infrastructure with infrastructure in Azure or AWS, then your servers in the partner’s ecosystem will have high-bandwidth links into the public cloud infrastructure.
This opens up a world where even more of your on-premise applications can be migrated to private cloud as well as public cloud offerings. For example, public cloud is often selected for:
- One-time big data projects – e.g. spin up 10,000 servers, crunch away and then spin them down at the end of the project.
- Read-only, public information websites.
- Customer relationship management apps.
- Mission-support apps such as project management, expense reporting and time management.
- HR systems.
Somerville’s Private Cloud offerings in conjunction with HPE have low-latency, high-bandwidth direct peering with many of the public cloud providers and PaaS providers in Australia, enabling your organisation to move large amounts of data in either direction. Note too that many private cloud customers have found that the move to Office 365 is faster and easier. A number of Somerville private cloud customers have discovered that the private cloud service has an easy on-ramp to Somerville’s Backup as a Service (BaaS) offering with HPE infrastructure.
For those private cloud customers serious about agility, and embracing the world of DevOps, the ability to spin up VM instances and file and database copies for development and testing has been vital to their rapid development programs.
Gartner Group, in its “CIO Futures: The IT Organisation in 2030,” predicts that by 2025, “IT has shifted almost all physical assets to service providers, concentrating on being a design and enablement resource for enterprises.” And that by 2030, “the CEO-CIO relationship is level and inextricably synergistic, like the CEO-CFO or CEO-COO back in 2016, because technology underpins the vast majority of activity and interactions within and outside the enterprise.” This prediction was originally developed in October 2016 and refreshed in March 2018.
Private cloud can be your first step into digital transformation, and it’s a step that can develop quickly into Hybrid IT with significant payoffs as far as enabling IT to take a lead in the transformation of the organisation. For an expert discussion about your private cloud options – and beyond – please contact us here.