Today, CIOs responsible for multiple types of IT functions inside a business or enterprises have a never-ending task list. They are responsible for keeping the company’s IT infrastructure up and running smoothly, as well as keeping the data secure and backed up – and all the while trying to find ways to be innovative, save money and fight the random “fires” that appear at the most inopportune times. Of course, Cloud, as a new technology, is a big topic up for discussion, which just adds to the never ending task list.
Cloud is not just single line item to add to that task list either. There are multiple factors to examine prior to implementing. Things like:
- What is the best possible model for the current IT needs of the business?
- Would a public, private or some form of a hybrid cloud be a better solution than what is currently being using?
- What compliance and reporting requirements in place today are transferable to a new cloud structure?
- Are there other parts of the business that have adopted cloud outside of the IT span of control?
- Do these “rogue cloud adopters” know the implications of putting sensitive data somewhere that may or may not be secure?
- Lastly, and this is certainly top of mind for all CIOs, what does the cost modeling look like if workloads or the IT infrastructure were to be transferred to the cloud? What would the total cost across different cloud providers available in the market be and does it even make sense to move to the cloud? Business units may have even already begun cloud migration outside of the company’s controlled infrastructure, which provides additional complexity.
One of the tool sets IT groups and CIOs have at their disposal is Cloud Assessments. Assessments can help chart a course to a public, private or hybrid cloud model, analyze risks associated with compliance and even compare pricing across multiple platforms of cloud. Tools can be put out into the environment to discover compute workloads, network usage patterns and even discover just how much “rogue cloud usage” you have in the environment. With cloud assessments, the IT team can understand the environment as a whole, help manage cloud usage and risks and make educated choices about the cloud and what workloads might be suitable for some type of cloud model.
Some IT Assessments offer vendor neutral positioning and help document your entire IT environment, which can provide valuable insight to create action plans for change. Cloud assessments can analyze data; and they can create scenarios based on public, private or hybrid offerings while also analyzing technology stacks, security gaps and total cost of ownership. Cloud assessments have become quite sophisticated over the cloud maturation cycle and can even compare options and various cloud providers using real time pricing data.
Cloud assessments are powerful tools that an IT organization can use to determine what is happening within the organization and how the business can ultimately be better served. They can be used to improve agility and resource utilization, as well as developing the big picture strategy as it relates to the IT landscape inside an organization.
One of the value-adds a distribution partner can bring to the table is alternatives and education around cloud assessments and cloud enablement. By leveraging a Cloud Value Add Distributor (CVAD), not only can you educate yourself about various cloud options and solutions; but a full-service CVAD can provide information around various scenarios, case studies and even financing options for cloud assessments and infrastructure.
For additional information on how Arrow can add value to your cloud undertaking, including our cloud assessment solutions, please email, please email ECSCloudServices@arrow.com or call 877.558.6677.
By Kirk Bohn
Cloud Services Enablement Leader
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in March 2016 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
Last modified: November 6, 2019