6 Questions We Receive About Cloud

April 2, 2012 0

1. I keep hearing the term Enterprise Ready Cloud. What does that mean?

Enterprise Ready Cloud means the cloud is built to handle both multi-tenant public and private-cloud workloads based on enterprise needs like availability, scalability and security. Our Infrastructure-as-a-Service solution is built on Vblock™ (by VCE  a joint partnership formed by Cisco, VMWare and EMC), which is the industry standard for infrastructure. It has been tested, validated, and has built in resiliency and security designed for enterprise applications. Our CTO, Indu Kodukula, recently explained in an interview with Forbes, “…if we built something that was not just for development and testing, but was designed to run production applications, we would be able to get IT comfortable that the cloud is ready for prime time…We needed to build in all the features and attributes that enterprise IT take for granted, in terms of manageability, security, and budgeting.”

2. How do I know if my organization is ready for cloud and what applications do I put in it?

For this question, we went to Mark Ledbetter, a Managing Director for Cloud Consulting Services at SunGard and subject matter expert in the Cloud Adoption Lifecycle. Moving to the cloud is a big, strategic and complex decision, so Mark suggests that one of the first things an organization should do is a Cloud Readiness Assessment.  The readiness assessment leads to creating an adoption roadmap at which point you can really start the migration process.

3. Can I really get ERP in the cloud?

The answer is yes, and it’s already being done. For example, a high-level overview of the process for cloud-based SAP is as follows: to begin you need to capture the SAP modules, user counts, tiering preferences, storage requirements and availability information. It is important to understand the environments and landscapes you’re working with. Then our architects work closely with you to layout system landscape design and sizing, configure cloud system resources, licenses and services required and finally configure ERP service levels. The timeline is variable depending on the size and scope of the ERP engagement, but the steps are the same. What’s important is to find the right expertise delivering the required availability and security.

4. I’m in the healthcare, financial, or other heavily regulated industry. Does that mean I won’t be compliant by moving to the cloud?

This is one of the misconceptions about cloud. While a healthcare provider may not put tier 1 applications in the cloud, such as those responsible for keeping medical charts up to date, it is possible to take advantage of the scalability of cloud with other applications. Mark Ledbetter describes his Cloud Adoption Lifecycle team as being comprised of experts from highly-regulated public, energy, healthcare and financial industries, and that intimate knowledge allows them to match the appropriate infrastructure to meet compliance requirements.

5. Why do you run Vblock as the underlying infrastructure?

Vblock is the gold standard in the marketplace for Cloud architectures. That means we did not cobble together a platform from components ourselves. vBlock is built using leading vendor components and software.

6. In a recent interview with Forbes, your CTO, Indu Kodukula, said “If you don’t need an application to be highly available, then we’re probably not your first port of call.” What did he mean?

There are many cloud vendors out there, but if we’re talking about an application that needs to be available and secure or if the application is an ERP module, then that’s where we have the expertise to help you be successful.