MADRID, 2 Ago. – –
The business world is fully immersed in digitization and the cloud plays a crucial role in gaining flexibility, competitiveness and bringing business success, It is also one of the most persistent trends and with a more sustained growth in the market, with the expectation that it will continue in the coming years.
This is because “the cloud supports any digitization project and there are many organizations in our country that are immersed in these processes. We can say that there is a cloud for each business, but all of them lead companies to be more innovative and competitive “, says Susana Juan, head of Cloud business development at Arsys.
At the time of plan digital transformation Betting on the cloud, the directive advises us to carefully observe each step we take so that we can perfectly resize the resources and services necessary for the activity of our company, optimize costs and guarantee availability and scale capacity, among other elements.
In this sense, the European cloud service provider Arsys has compiled what they consider to be “the five essential steps” to take into account to take a business to the cloud.
EXHAUSTIVE ANALYSIS OF BUSINESS NEEDS AND INTERNAL PROCEDURES
From Arsys they point out that the first step is analyze our needs, both from the point of view of the business and the internal procedures that we are going to migrate– This is something “vital” to be able to understand the impact that the cloud will have on data governance (Data Governance), that is, on our ability to take care of the quality of the data, guarantee its adequate protection and manage the life cycle. information, but also in security and disaster recovery protocols.
It is also necessary check if our applications and processes will work the same in the new ‘cloud’ environment or if changes or adaptations will be necessary, and at what level will they be necessary. As well as “being aware that it does not have to be necessary to migrate all our systems and applications, and if necessary, we can propose a migration in phases”, explains Juan.
These two sections will allow have a good starting point to plan the migration and know what the operating costs that will be derived from it will be.
Subsequently, it will be necessary evaluate the economic costs that the digitization of our systems will entail, with special attention to two sections: the transition costs involved in the migration of selected applications to the ‘cloud’ (including those potential modifications or adaptations that we discussed above) and the costs associated with adapting business networks for access to resources in the cloud, as well as the potential increase in bandwidth consumption after migration.
CHOOSE THE CLOUD CONFIGURATION ACCORDING TO THE NEEDS
Choose the most suitable cloud configuration for the needs of our company, or what is the same, decide whether We will adopt the public cloud, the private cloud or if we will opt for a hybrid cloud model.
The public cloud is ideal if our organization you only need to have basic services (like shared storage or email, for example) and we don’t have very strict customization needs. In this type of service, you pay for the use of the resources used.
The private cloud offers the same benefits as the public cloud, but its configuration is more suitable for companies with mission.critical workloads and severe requirements for security, privacy, uptime demands, or management demands.
For its part, the hybrid cloud is the best option for companies that need public cloud solutions for some systems or applications and the advantages of having a private infrastructure for other critical ones, such as the storage of sensitive data (financial information related to clients, for example).
From Arsys they also point out the ‘multicloud’ strategy for when is necessary combine cloud services from different providers that meet different needs. This avoids having to choose between different options, since, as they explain, we maintain the most appropriate cloud for each task and, ultimately, we manage all services from a single organizational console.
SET THE KPIs THAT BEST FIT OUR BUSINESS
Before starting a migration to the ‘cloud’, you also have to define what performance indicators (the famous KPIs) we want to improve or maximize– These can be very different from one company to another: from the user experience, taking into account aspects such as response time or latencies, to pure computing features, through the availability of services, storage optimization and load loads. work, cost reduction, etc.
EVALUATE AND CHOOSE THE BEST SERVICE PROVIDER
From Arsys they emphasize that this is perhaps the most important point it will accompany and advise us throughout the process. Therefore, they advise selecting the most appropriate after analyzing its characteristics, and attend to elements such as its infrastructure (features, scalability, availability, security, certifications) and its ability to manage it, adapt it to our ‘legacy’ systems and offer us maximum flexibility in everything that surrounds it, that is, consulting, administration, billing, support.
“This is perhaps the most important of the five points as it has a full impact on the other four,” says the head of Cloud business development at Arsys. “It is essential to select the most appropriate technological ‘partner’, with experience and committed to our project, able to accompany us throughout the transformation process and offer customized solutions with an infrastructure capable of adapting to the needs of each business “, he concludes.
In this sense, Arsys is specialized in the implementation of flexible and personalized ‘cloud’ solutions, with the aim of promoting digital transformation and providing companies with access to all the benefits of the cloud. It currently has more than 290,000 clients in Spain, and its cloud platform manages more than 126,000 physical and virtual servers, in addition to facilitating ‘multicloud’ coexistence.