CLOUD SERVICES

Introduction

Traditional infrastructure is no longer cutting it. Costs of maintaining multiple data centers are ever increasing. Go-to-market time is slow, and the right amount of resources aren’t available when required. There is an increasing lack of individuals with the appropriate skillsets who are available to work in-house. So what’s gotta give?

Starting in the last 2000’s, “cloud services” became a hot topic as vendors began providing their software “as a service” – meaning, a web application that was supported virtually, and largely managed and configured by the vendor. Over the past 5 years, cloud services has grown to cover not only applications, but also middleware and infrastructure, creating an opportunity for organizations to greatly decrease their IT footprint by migrating resources into cloud environments.

When should you consider cloud?

Examining motives for adopting an organizational cloud strategy is pertinent as it can shape the capabilities needed, cloud services model, future state for the IT operating model, and overall budget planning for IT.

Most frequently, businesses are looking to decrease capital expenses and operational costs, while also getting the most out of their investments. Cloud solutions can decrease costs by providing the option of a “pay-as-you-go model” – businesses only pay for resources when they are in use. This flexibility also opens the door for greater elasticity of services, scaling resouces up and down as they are required.

What is driving you to cloud services?

  • Business Agility
  • Pay-as-you-go (OpEx model verses CapEx)
  • Decreased Total cost of Ownership (TCO)
  • Standardization Efforts
  • Infrastructure Utilization
  • Service automation

The sky is the limit for cloud services

As cloud services have evolved, more and more services have been
transitioned to cloud providers to provide greater
flexibility for IT organizations.

Which service model is right for you?

The key to determining the appropriate cloud service model is to let organizational requirements drive key decisions. Hybrid cloud is frequently picked as the most accommodating model, as it provides the flexibility and ease of public cloud models, but also enables organizations to house confidential data – such as personally identifiable information – in secured private clouds.

It is critical to have visibility into your assets in order to understand where your confidential data lies in order to design a cloud strategy that is best fit for your environment. AIM technical consultants can help organizations map out where sensitive data is housed, rationalize applications and infrastructure to optimize asset management, and develop a cloud migration strategy that will enhance performance while protecting your data.

Key Considerations for cloud strategy

1

Define an architecture that will bring cloud services to a reality

Most large organizations adopt hybrid cloud services to take advantage of the best of both worlds – cloud and on-premises. Careful planning and design should produce a cloud architecture that can be implemented in a phased approach that will smoothly and efficiently migrate services and systems to cloud platforms, while preventing impact to those remaining on-premises.

2

Determine which services and applications being in the cloud and on-premises.

An application assessment prior to implementing cloud services is important to dictate application strategy. Application rationalization can provide insight into application overlap across business units, and help direct which applications are better suited for cloud environments. Careful requirements planning will not only optimize application management budgets, but also take performance into consideration (such as tolerance for network latency, data privacy requirements, scalability, etc.)

3

Plan ahead to incorporate service automation

With the adoption of cloud services and hybrid deployment models, additional complexity can be introduced into IT management. Service automation can enable organizations to deploy consistent governance and policies across both on-premises and in cloud platforms. Additional consideration should be given when picking cloud service providers, as many have already invested in management and automation tools that can be used across your IT environment.

4

Plan a data management plan early on. What sensitive data cannot be stored in cloud resources or services?

Regulatory requirements must be taken into account when determining which resources, applications and systems will be migrated from on-premises to the cloud. In cases where systems house personally identifiable information (PII) or restricted information, private cloud deployment models can provide organizations greater control over the geographic location where data is stored and governance over the controls around the infrastructure.

5

Design changes to operating models that will support cloud services migrations.

To optimize the benefits of cloud services, IT operations should be evaluated for efficiency and areas of improvement. Cloud services can enable organizations to have a decreased go-to-market with new products and services by automating services and incorporating DevOps models.

6

What are your utilization and consumption requirements?

One of the greatest requirements for cloud services is elastic infrastructure that can be scaled up and down according to demand. By introducing scalability into the environment, organizations can achieve great cost savings by eliminating on-premises infrastructure that is hardly used except during peak times. Methods of scalability include cloud bursting, which “bursts” traffic to cloud resources when on-premises resources reach maximum capacity.

7

Last but not least, baseline your planning, design, build, and implementation phases on security best practices.

Security is often the greatest concern when evaluating whether to migrate systems and applications into the cloud. How do you enable thorough controls over an off-site environment? How will security monitoring be conducted, and who will be responsible for it? How will incident response be handled when third parties own the assets? These questions must be raised as cloud architectures and services are planned and designed for.

Cloud Strategy

A comprehensive cloud strategy and perspective will drive cloud planning, design, implementation, and optimization phases, ensuring that plans are continuously evaluated and aligned against organizational objectives.

Combined with traditional professional services, we offer existing architecture analysis including cost mapping and risk based services such as benchmarking, risk ID and mitigation planning.

Planning – Cloud Readiness

In order to design a cloud environment that can be successfully implemented, careful planning activities are required. Based on your organization’s objectives, your IT environment should be assessed to understand where critical data resides, what types of applications are running, and what infrastructure is currently supporting critical operations.

Current state assessments can determine an organization’s “cloud readiness”, and determine areas that could benefit most from a cloud migration. Cloud readiness all sheds light on high-risk services and assets that could take a specialized migration approach, or would benefit most by staying in-house.

Cloud readiness assessments look at the following areas:

Application Assessment:

  • Application Rationalization
  • Application migration assessment

Infrastructure Assessment:

  • Infrastructure rationalization
  • Infrastructure migration assessment

Design

After planning, design is the most critical piece of a cloud migration. All aspects of the business are affected by cloud migrations, and a successful design will introduce cloud services in an effective, non-disruptive way.

AIM technical consultants work to design cloud environments that align IT and business objectives and meet requirements across all organizational areas. Based on requirements, cloud service models are chosen (public, hybrid, or private), cloud architecture is designed at both high and low levels, and a migration strategy is built.

In parallel, operating models can be assessed and redesigned in order to fit the new environment, and create automation and efficiencies where possible to make better use of your employees time.

Key services AIM technical consultants can provide include:

  • Requirements Definition
  • Technical and Operational Design
  • High level and low level design of target state infrastructure
  • Server Migration Strategy
  • Design of application migration strategy
  • Business continuity and Disaster recovery design
  • Service Management Design
  • Organizational Change
  • Multi-platform Assessments (SDN and Open Source)

In the end, AIM technical consultants will have built a detailed, comprehensive cloud strategy design and roadmap. Proof of concepts can be built during design and build phases to test usability and functionality to validate and enhance the cloud design and roadmap

QAaaS

Along with cloud strategy, AIM technical consultants can work throughout the cloud lifecycle and provide support for Quality Assurance as a Service (QAaaS).

Cloud-based Quality Assurance Services include:

  • Testing Cloud Platforms, Virtualization & Networks
  • Performance, Functional, Regression, End-to- End, UAT & Device Testing.
  • Automated and Manual QA Testing
  • Planning and Process improvement (Agile & Waterfall Environments)
  • Documentation and Test Case creation

Who is AIM Technical Consultants?

AIM Technical Consultants is a fast-growing, certified provider of professional Cloud Engineering Service for the IT and wireless telecommunications industry across the globe.

We specialize in lifecycle engineering for mobile and broadband fixed wireless telecommunications. Since 1999, we have kept our focus on providing end-to-end technical solutions using highly qualified, well skilled engineering and wireless telecom resources who have a track record of getting it right the first time

Customer-Focused. Business Friendly.

Our agile, single source business model supports leading carriers and OEM vendors throughout North America, ensuring seamless responsiveness and project management. This makes it possible to respond to the needs of our customers with speed and accuracy, enabling clear lines of communication, effective project management and consistent performance.

Quality performance. On-time delivery. And lasting relationships built on knowledge and trust.

Our customers tell us it's what makes us different, and what helps them be successful.

There are extra benefits to your bottom line too, when you work with AIM Technical Consultants. We are a veteran-owned ISO 9001:2008 and TL 9000 certified company. We are certified as an 8[a] company, GSA contractor, and small disadvantaged business enterprise [DBE]. We hold State of Ohio and City of Columbus MBE certifications as well.

While it's true that we stand out for our ability to provide quality Cloud Engineering and project management solutions on time and on budget, we also provide additional services designed to maximize efficiency.

We're proud of the reputation we've earned by providing a breadth of wireless telecommunications service offerings backed by industry experience, quality management system and dedication to customer communications.

Call us today to discover how we can AIM for the future, together

www.aimtechnical.com

614-866-1472

Call us today to discover how we can AIM for the future, together

www.aimtechnical.com

614-866-1472

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Cloud readiness workshop

When determining if cloud computing is even a possibility, it is important to review key aspects of your environment such as regulatory constraints, cost models, and your operating model. Cloud readiness workshops open the conversation of the possibility of cloud computing, and review key components of your IT architecture at a high level. At the end of cloud readiness workshops, organizations will understand key activities that should occur during the planning and design phases in order to facilitate a successful build and implementation.

Exploratory Workshop

Discover your options for cloud solu-tions in an exploratory session. These sessions are designed to facilitate development of high level business and technical requirements, definition of target goals for computing and ROI, and to introduce cloud computing strategies that are the right fit for your organization.

www.aimtechnical.com

614-866-1472