6-Step Framework for Your Cloud Strategy

Cloud adoption just keeps on growing and it’s time to take control. Gartner predicts “By 2021, more than half of global enterprises already using cloud today will adopt an all-in cloud strategy.” Nevertheless, just moving your workloads to the cloud does not make them more efficient for your business. When you decide to embark on a cloud journey, you need to have a cloud strategy in place.

A cloud strategy defines the business outcomes you are looking for, and how you are going to get there. It also explores your end goals and motivation for adopting the cloud. Your deciding factors could be many – cost, innovation, your need for business growth, keep up with your competitors. You also need to define business outcomes, establish governance, and control.

Strategies to transform your business into the digital world

The key component of a cloud strategy is a framework so you can evaluate the benefits and challenges of adopting the cloud approach.

Here’s a six-step framework for a successful cloud strategy:

  • Identify and understand the key area where cloud can deliver business benefits for your organization
  • Plan and optimize your cloud strategy
  • Understand common cloud challenges and how to overcome them
  • Identify and develop cloud competencies
  • Prepare your organization for the shift
  • Learn the capabilities of the integrated products that can manage the cloud

Let’s take a look at a few cloud computing strategies:

  • What type of cloud: A careful consideration should be done while selecting the cloud – Private cloud or public cloud or hybrid. You need to understand and evaluate the pros and cons of each available option.
  • Plan your budget: According to what type of cloud you choose to fit your business needs, choose your IT support backbone. You also have to invest in hiring the proper workforce for cloud development.
  • Value your options and choose: Most businesses view the cloud as an enabler of process improvement and a means of reducing costs. You need to see what do you want the cloud to accomplish and what your business will gain from the shift?
  • Technology: After you have done considering your needs and the budget and resources available for your cloud shift, you need to look at the best technology stack available.
  • Choose the right cloud service provider: Most cloud service providers offers hosting needs. Keeping in mind your go-to-market strategy, choose a cloud vendor that is a one-stop-shop for all your cloud-based needs.

Trigent can help you develop the right cloud solution to transform your business. Through our Cloud Adoption Maturity Model, we determine the maturity of your organization’s cloud adoption.

With our Cloud Advisory Services, we assess your current IT infrastructure, the applications you use, costs, and resources. We help you adopt a cloud-first strategy and deployment models and then chart out-migration road-maps with minimal disruption time.

Derive true business benefits with us. Watch this explainer video to explore how our cloud solutions define and complement your cloud strategy.

Stay Immune From IT Outages with Disaster Recovery As a Service

Your data is the fuel of your business – it’s irreplaceable and you cannot afford to lose it. Whatever the cause – IT outages, natural disaster, or human error – data loss is hazardous to the life of your business. As your business progresses, you will need a proactive disaster recovery plan that enables workflow automation and simplifies recovery when the worst possible situations arise. Your disaster recovery plan should include the following ingredients:

  • Inventory of hardware, software application, and data
  • Business Impact Analysis (BIA)
  • Personnel Control Program
  • Procedures for Information Services backup
  • Recovery Strategies
  • Test your DR plan regularly

Disaster Recovery entails:

  • Recovery Point Objective (RPO) – How often do you back up your data? Whether you decide if it’s for every five minutes or five hours, that’s RPO.
  • Recovery Time Objective (RTO) – How much time your business can afford to have your systems unavailable? Which all applications are mission critical and which are not? RTO determines that.

Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) market size is expected to grow from USD 2.19 Billion in 2017 to USD 12.54 Billion by 2022, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 41.8%1. DRaaS or Cloud Disaster Recovery Service has become increasingly popular as a way for businesses to:

  • Restore to normal operations within minutes
  • Increase the capabilities to protect their digital assets.
  • Shorten the RTO from days to hours or minutes
  • Reducing the gap in RPO from days or weeks to seconds.
  • Shift to a commodified operational cost model

No data loss, no time loss

Leveraging a complete DR plan will be difficult if your business is struggling with overburdened IT team. Building your infrastructure can take a vast amount of time and resources. In this scenario, a DRaaS provider can be an advantage for you.

Points to consider while selecting a service provider:

  • What is their market presence? – Understand how long they have been in business and offering the solution
  • Scrutinize their offerings for hidden costs – their pricing model
  • Understand their testing capabilities – how often they perform internal tests, how they share results.
  • What are their security and encryption strategies?
  • Verify their compliance certifications meet your industry’s requirements

DRaaS enables businesses to reduce data loss risks at a more affordable cost and fewer capital expenditures than by doing DR on your own. DRaaS saves you the money you need to invest on a duplicate infrastructure, and your ROI becomes quantifiable. Gartner estimates the financial impact of downtime at $336,000 per hour2. With proper planning, practice and the right partner, DRaaS can save that cost.

Trigent’s DRaaS is multi-site, comprehensive, granular, and can be deployed faster and remotely. Our service provides scalable, block-level replication with Recovery Point Objective (RPO) of seconds and Recovery Time Objective (RTO) of minutes. We provide businesses with tight SLAs and offer a cost-effective solution for your disaster recovery needs.

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Partner with us, and stay immune from effects of downtime and outages.

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When Will Cloud Security Stop Being an Area of Concern?

Any discussion around cloud infrastructure services at some or the other hits a raw nerve – one that has to do with cloud security. There is no question that cloud computing is the most revolutionary trend in the digital era. Forecasts remain positive with analysts seeing revenues growing almost four times as fast for the cloud services market. These forecasts are triggered by the positives that cloud infrastructure offers including, anytime access, faster time to market and of course, cost advantage. Yet, when it comes down to taking the final step, CIOs and security officers are vexed. Their concerns, if we have to sum it up in one sentence, relates to the loss of control associated with the cloud. For decision makers, the cloud’s security ambiguity makes them nervous. They are used to protected security networks sitting in their respective premises and the cloud is a little too nebulous.

For example, a sales manager sitting in the comfort of his home logs into the enterprise network, which resides on the cloud. He is accessing data from the secure network, to close a customer deal. This is digital transformation for you. But for the IT manager who is responsible for information security, the feeling is slight different, “Every time someone logs into the network from a device, I feel as though my insides have been exposed. It is a feeling of vulnerability, which simply makes no sense!’

Are you in control of your cloud journey?

His reaction stems from the fact that the cloud does not provide visibility into the cloud service providers’ processes and security procedures. There are of course reassurances, but none that can satisfactorily assuage the fears of data compromise or leakage – both of which can be disastrous for a company. Because of these concerns, companies vacillate between ignoring security issues in the cloud to ignoring the cloud itself. Turning away from the cloud, during tight IT budgets, can also be a challenge.

The best approach to adopting cloud infrastructure minus the worries is a holistic one. This requires looking at enterprise data in a structured manner and deciding which data should be moved to the cloud and which needs to reside on-premise. There are also some questions that need answers such as:

  1. How will data be protected during transit, storage and when in use?
  2. How to ensure security when data is being accessed on devices such as smartphones?
  3. What are the security measures that are built into the cloud architecture?
  4. How to ensure that private cloud service providers are compliant with security and regulatory requirements.
  5. Will adding security measures impact the overall cost benefit from cloud infrastructure?

These questions and many more like this stand in the way of cloud adoption. The IT managers who are responsible for budgets understand the value of cloud infrastructure. However, they need help to ensure that all questions related to security are answered in a way that makes complete business sense to them and their managers.

Trigent provides end-to-end cloud security solutions that meet privacy, compliance and business needs. Trigent’s Cloud Security Services range from Vulnerability Assessments to Security Advisory Services to Security monitoring and everything in between. Get in touch with us to know more about Trigent’s Cloud Security Services.