Why should organizations consider cloud infrastructure?
There are many reasons for organizations to take advantage of Cloud Infrastructure; the cloud makes information access and data protection easier, reduces infrastructure costs, and supports better communication and collaboration across geographies.
Let’s take a look at traditional backups vs cloud backups for a quick comparison. First, traditional backups only back up data locally onto a removable media copy. You must then pay a third-party service provider to move and store this information at an offsite location. In order to restore at another location (an additional cost), you have to provision the required hardware and resources (another cost), and then you’re able to start the information recovery process. With a Cloud backup, you can backup directly to an offsite facility and immediately recover backups to virtual infrastructure in the cloud if your location is disrupted. This not only reduces cost, but also decreases the recovery point objective and recovery time objective of your backups.
Benefits of managing data in the cloud
- Access to information and systems regardless of device, location, time, etc.; especially beneficial for a mobile workforce
- Cost effectively maintain a redundant infrastructure for easy backup and recovery
- Storage cost savings by eliminating the burdened cost of storage
- Scalable to meet current infrastructure demands
- Reduces recovery point objective and recovery time objective
- Promotes collaboration, productivity and communication
- Encourages diligent information management
What types of solutions do we offer for your cloud infrastructure strategy?
Cloud Readiness Assessment
Before moving anything to the cloud, you need to make sure it makes sense for your organization. Are there certain applications or workloads that should absolutely stay on-premise? What are the best uses for the cloud for your organization? Bishop Cloud Readiness Assessments can help determine how to best leverage a cloud solution. Once your current environment is assessed we’ll help you design your cloud infrastructure strategy for maximum benefit.
While securing data in the cloud is daunting because you’re giving up full control, security alone should not dissuade you from moving some or all of your information and workloads to the cloud. Security is critical, but with economies of scale, the protection provided by Cloud vendors, like Microsoft, is often greater than that of your on-premise systems, and with the proper security measures in place, you can benefit tremendously from using cloud infrastructure.
Take a look at all the measures Microsoft takes to keep your data safe: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/support/trust-center/
The traditional backup process is cumbersome and tedious with many associated costs. With Azure backup, you can backup directly to an offsite facility and immediately recover backups to a virtual infrastructure in Microsoft Azure if your location is disrupted. With Azure Site Recovery, there are automatic failovers you can put in place to ensure business continuity. This not only reduces cost, but also decreases the recovery point objective and recovery time objective of your backups. Learn more about Data Protection.
Cloud-Based Productivity/Collaboration/Information Management/Communication
Many cloud applications promote and support productivity, collaboration, information management and communication. With everything at your fingertips, wherever, on any device, you have access to everything you need at all times. When employees are able to easily access applications, and find/share information with their coworkers, internal requests are reduced, which means more productive time for everyone in your organization.
Cloud Workload Analysis
Analyzing your workloads is critical before you plan to move anything to the cloud. You need to make sure a cloud infrastructure makes sense for your organization. Are there certain applications or workloads that should absolutely stay on-premise? Bishop offers Cloud Readiness Assessments to help determine which cloud workloads may be less suitable for migration to the cloud and which cloud workloads can best leverage a cloud solution. We'll review your current environment to guide your cloud strategy for maximum benefit and derive ROI from your cloud infrastructure services.
Moving Workloads to the Cloud
- Dynamic Scaling to the Cloud
Sizing infrastructure to accommodate peak usage at all times is a wasted expense. Because of the scalable nature of the Cloud, you can size up and down as necessary so you only pay for what you need at that time.
- Application Migration/Data Transformation/Retirement
- Application On-Demand – You may have legacy applications that are not frequently used but compliance or regulations mandate that you maintain the data in a structured format (e.g. a database application to access information). It’s expensive to keep servers running when you’re not using them so you can virtualize those environments, move them to a cloud storage solution and spin them up on demand only when you need them.
- Transformation/Retirement – Sometimes you need the information from an application but don’t want to keep the legacy application itself. To solve this problem, we can move the data from a structured format to an unstructured format to allow the application itself to be retired. You’ll still have the data in the cloud, but it will be in a more accessible format and you won’t need to keep the legacy, proprietary systems to look at historical transactions.