Blog12 Ways We Can Help Your Move to Cloud Computing

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When it comes to cloud computing solutions, one thing is certain… you have choices.  Key factors to consider include your budget, the amount of data that you need to store and how long you need to store it, required performance, and security required in your industry. There’s also the cloud deployment models that are available that can address some or all of these factors – public cloud computing, private cloud computing, and a combination of them both in a hybrid cloud deployment. And then of course, there’s the transition.

Here at ASG we’ve been part of many cloud transitions, and we’ve learned a lot in all of them. Here are 12 ways that we can help an organization move to the cloud.

1. S3 Compatible Alternatives.

Our expert cloud team can help determine an Amazon-like cloud solution that can be dramatically less expensive and have much better performance than Amazon S3.

2. Move from CU to API Based Infrastructure.

Using data center automation, cloud experts can deploy automation in your current environment to greatly assist with cloud migration efforts. Our Advanced Vector Automation (AVA) is the AIOps tool for the job.

3. Custom-Fit Data Center. Cloud experts can architect an enterprise-wide solution featuring on-prem/hybrid cloud, and IT automation. As an elite partner with many of our technology vendors, we work with many solutions that are cloud-ready and support REST. Rubrik, Cohesity, PureStorage, NetApp via StorageGrid and Cloud Volulmes, Cloudian, and Komprise come to mind.

4. Eliminate Performance Blind-Spots.

It’s often difficult to determine the traffic flowing across cloud instances. We can remove performance blind-spots so you can determine the root cause of your cloud issues, reduce latency in critical business services, and identify the application and network issues that are driving cloud costs.

5. Complete Data Center Mapping.

Our engineering team can map your entire data center to enable a holistic view of your business apps and their support infrastructure. Our AVA solution helps here.

6. Improve Network Access to the Cloud.

We can deploy a cloud-optimized WAN solution to improve network access to the cloud. This allows you to enforce policies that determine priority, line speed, and path selection. This is known as software-defined WAN (SD-WAN).

7. Increase Data Center Agility.

Our cloud experts can provide better agility for compute and data infrastructures, which takes some pressure off moving too quickly to the cloud.

8. Tiered Storage.

Our data center engineers can build a multi-tiered storage solution, providing fast tier storage for on-prem and second-tier off-prem storage, delivering a multi-cloud strategy.

9. Cloud-Based Backup and Recovery.

Cloud experts can build and deploy a cloud-based backup and recovery solution as another crucial step to cloud migration. There are many options to choose from, including a complete managed service offering.

10. Bridge to the Cloud.

Our experts can custom design an infrastructure that is easy to bridge to the cloud.

11. Off-Load Security.

Using a managed service, we can off-load your security (firewalls, SIEM management) to free up staff time and focus.

12. Re-Engineering the Data Center Strategy.

Our team of engineers and architects can assist with re-configuration of your data center and networking strategy as contracts and investments come up for renewal. We can even consolidate your maintenance contracts, ensuring you’re always supported and covered with the most appropriate service contracts. This will reduce unnecessary IT spend and help with efforts to move services to the cloud.

To learn more about how you can transition to a new cloud computing model, consider a Cloud Strategy and IT Transformation Workshop from ASG. This is a collaborative, interactive discussion that will give you a better understanding of the marketplace and leave you with ideas on how you can integrate the cloud into your own environment.

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About the Author

Mark Teter

Mark Teter, Corporate Technologist

In his role, Mark is responsible for the strategic direction of ASG’s emerging technology offerings and advancing the deployment of present-day hybrid cloud solutions for our customers. Mark has served as Faculty Staff Member at Colorado State University and has written over 50 white papers on subjects including Data Center Ethernet, Linux and Open Source, Storage Area Networks and Computer Virtualization. He published Paradigm Shift in 2006, a book on emerging technologies. He is a Google Certified Professional Cloud Architect.