Building a Cloud Solution for Long Term Success

Posted on July 1, 2013 by

In this competitive digital era for business, technology has transformed the traditional enterprise into one that must operate online (even if that means simply owning a rudimentary website.) To stay ahead of the competition, businesses from the SME to the multinational corporation require high-performance cloud computing services that enable innovation and growth.

Successful enterprises large and small are leveraging themselves by deploying cloud infrastructures built on PEER 1 Hosting HPC to align and then streamline workflow operations. This brings huge benefits, supply chain integration, better customer service, low cost resourcing and highly effective performance management. By scaling operations in the cloud, staff, partners and customers demands can be met with speed and agility, even as these demands on technology grow.

Setting the Agenda

Here we discuss the main steps to building a cloud solution to meet the needs of your unique business. It all must start by setting expectations and relevant targets for the cloud based service to be a true business enabler.

1. What is your requirement from cloud based IT? Who will use it, in what capacity, and why is it needed? Categorize stakeholders who will use the platform – from day one and as you scale operations around IT going forward.

2. What level of information security and governance are required to maintain integrity of service, whilst providing collaboration for relevant decision-makers and customers to see value in what you do?

3. What applications, server load and network capacity do you require to benefit stakeholders accessing and working in the cloud? Private, public or hybrid, does it need to support people across multiple departments with modular granularity.

4. What flexibility is required from the environment as the business changes and revolves around customer behaviours, market trends, resource fluctuations and business strategy?

Map the Process

For each of these, a clear plan of action can be outlined and agreed upon for every aspect of cloud infrastructure – resilience, availability, quality and performance savvy IT in the cloud. For seamless delivery of cloud based services, it is best to adhere to such pre-planning, tailored to your business model, budget, staffing and customer needs. Doing so galvanises the benefits of the cloud, transcending IT across every functional area of the business. Creating a hybrid environment specific to your user’s needs, company policies and data management processes, builds complete life-cycle service delivery through effective HPC.

To achieve this rather grand plan, map out the use cases for your business around IT hardware, applications and networking, for the specific needs of your users. Tactically plan where and when high-performance cloud services will enable stakeholders to be more productive and work savvy.

Determine your network requirements on a local, national and international level. Where and how do you need to deliver mission-critical applications to the right people at the right time? How will it be secured, monitored and maintained as a 24/7 service without bottlenecks or downtime?
Building your own cloud must fully benefit from dedicated services that do not diminish productivity through shared resourcing. To gain the maximum benefit from your cloud infrastructure, use a hosting provider that maintains 100% reliability of service and load balances network traffic for you and you alone.

Deployment that Scales

The driving force behind cloud computing is a framework that scales as mobile, big data and social media take a tighter grip on society at large. People today demand interactions and call to actions that are immediate. Staff, customers and partners alike demand data offering real-time insights, so that they can make informed decisions right there and then. It is this penchant for immediacy that elevates successful businesses in the cloud. They become fastest to market, astute to market trends and immaculately delivery services from lead generation to after-sales support.

When it comes time to deploy, do so with pilot sites or user groups to establish security, access and control mechanisms, so that the impact of rollout does not adversely affect all levels of the business. Deployment should fully test decision support mechanisms that the cloud has established in a virtualised capacity, prior to full deployment.

Taking these steps will establish the cloud as a customisable asset for your business, helping you to work smarter because of HPC in the cloud.

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