With all the hype surrounding cloud computing, you probably have a lot of questions. Who has the best cloud offering? What should I be paying for cloud services? Is my data secure? Do I have to put everything in the cloud? How do I know if this cloud service provider is following best practices and is in compliance with the government regulations that impact my company?
With over half of US businesses using cloud computing, there must be something to the hype. Here are some of the reasons why so many of them are transitioning to the cloud.
Scalability - Traditional enterprise IT departments have always been restrained by hardware, space, power and other limitations when it came to scalability. With cloud computing those constraints are eliminated. Cloud computing itself is an ability to change from a fluid sense into a coagulated mass, thus the ability to scale is limitless
Optimization/Consolidation - The advent of players like VMware and Citrix has enabled cloud service providers to dominate IT strategy discussions and initiatives for the past several years—whether tackling hardware refresh challenges, wanting to reduce capital expenditures through consolidation or trying to maximize current infrastructure resources by providing application virtualization to remote locations. Optimization and consolidation has been the go green initiative for many top companies world wide
Self-service provisioning - On demand storage, and network and computing resources at your fingertips, less the delays and complications inherent with the requisitioning process.
QOS (Quality of Service) - IT organizations can change resources as requirements change, perform regularly scheduled maintenance or test and develop new service offerings without irreversibly changing their production environments on the fly without end user participation and without disruption of their work processes.
Pay as you go - The ability to meter and track usage of computing resources, applications and services allows IT organizations to be leaner and allow them greater accuracy on their budgeting and return on investment assessments.
Is it time that you take a serious look?
Cloud computing involves many different implementations and definitions. Depending on the services you are seeking and the provider you are engaging, you can end up with two completely different implementations being called the same thing. Cloud providers offer services in SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service), and IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service). They can provide these services in private, public or hybrid clouds. As IT decision makers evaluate these offerings and how they can benefit their company’s IT initiatives, they need to weave through the maze of marketing material and the hidden pitfalls that could impact a company’s business and stability. With The Prescient Group as your trusted advisors, you can rely upon the industry experience that we bring to the table to ensure that your cloud experience is not made up of smoke and mirrors.
Here’s how The Prescient Group’s cloud offering gives you a distinct advantage:
- Vendor neutral – knowledgeable of most major players and their offerings
- Real world experience in cloud computing – our team comes from and has management experience in the cloud service provider sector
- Industry expertise - in moving companies to the cloud in these specific industries: retail, financial and investing services, national and global manufacturing organizations
Cloud services offered by The Prescient Group include:
- Assessment - audit current environment and determine applications that are right for the cloud.
- Risk Management and Strategic Planning - determine potential risk and build a strategic plan to migrate to the cloud.
- Consulting on public cloud, private cloud and hybrid cloud deployment - determine best scenario that fits your initiatives.
- Private Cloud Design - if your requirements through government regulation restrict public cloud multi-tenant implementations, we can assist with design and implementation of a private cloud deployment.
- Pilot Testing - a one step at a time approach. Perhaps you want to just move your mail service or office suite to the cloud or even have a test group try a third party cloud offering like Office365 to see the feasibility of cloud services. This is a common approach that is being conducted by many organizations.
- Migrations - if you are looking for assistance in a complete migration process, The Prescient Group has the resources to manage any migration project.
- Auditing Security and Compliance - whether its SAS70 or the new SSAE 16, COBIT, ITIL, HIPPA or PCI we can audit your cloud provider for compliance.
- Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery - from planning to implementation, assessment and auditing to confirm that your data is safe.