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Cloud SOLUTIONS

ENS-Inc cloud specialists partner with your organization to provide a complete overall solution that meets your organization’s changing and dynamic needs while still providing the necessary controls to mitigate risk.

Public Clouds, Private Clouds, and Hybrid Clouds Cloud Security

As businesses transition and grow, IT departments are being asked to do more with less. They must respond to greater demands for IT services from both customers and partners. The need to bring products and services to market faster than the competition necessitates an examination of Cloud-Based Solutions. Cloud computing is here to stay because the cloud offers very real benefits to both business and IT constituents. Cloud applications are:

  • Easy to provision
  • Easy to manage
  • Easy to use
  • Offered as a “pay as you go” subscription licensing model

Recent Infrastructure-as-a-Service offerings provide similar benefits to IT managers and empower them to do more with less.

Aligning Business Needs with Cloud Solutions

It is important for a business to be clear about its business needs and requirements, and then analyze the offered solutions to make sure they align with those needs.

ENS-Inc cloud specialists partner with your organization to provide a complete overall solution that meets your organization’s changing and dynamic needs while still providing the necessary controls to mitigate risk.

  1. Strategy—Align business needs with IT capability
  2. Process—Streamline and automate processes to achieve business agility
  3. Architecture—Establish an enterprise architecture for this new IT infrastructure
  4. Technology—Design and deploy your technology infrastructure from virtualization to cloud
  5. People and Governance—Create the roles and skills necessary to ensure company-wide adoption, and the accountability framework and policies for stakeholder collaboration

Developing Cloud Strategies that Meet YOUR Business Objectives

Realize The Benefits of a Converged Cloud Strategy

Cloud solutions are a response to rapidly evolving business needs, which in turn are a response to constituent demands. Anytime/anywhere computing is no longer an option, but an assumed requisite in the current IT landscape.

As business executives and IT managers evaluate which cloud solution is right for them, they usually discover the result is a hybrid blend of public and private cloud delivery models. Additionally, various service models in those clouds include Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (Saas).

Cloud infrastructures require software applications to run on top of them. And Cloud applications require access to the critical corporate data that is typically locked away in various on-premise systems. So for cloud applications to offer maximum value to their users, they need to provide a simple mechanism to:

  • Import or load external data
  • Export or replicate their data for reporting or analysis purposes
  • Keep their data synchronized with on-premise applications

A Strategy of Cloud Integration

Along with all of these solutions is the need for Cloud Integration services. It is vital to understand how all these varying offerings line up against each other and in what way to integrate them together to provide a complete overall solution.

ENS-Inc cloud specialists partner with your organization to provide a complete overall solution that meets your organization’s changing and dynamic needs while still providing the necessary controls to mitigate risk.

Five Benefits of a Converged Strategy

ENS-Inc provides the expertise to help clients overcome management challenges in controlling the complexity of business needs and the wide range of virtualization technologies and applications. There are a number of elements that must be explored:

  1. Provide agility, efficiency, and security across public, private, or hybrid clouds.
  2. Deliver convenient, on-demand network access.
  3. Minimize physical IT resources while servicing maximum IT demands.
  4. Realize significant ROI in a shorter period of time.
  5. Rapidly provision computing resources and release with minimal management.

Deciding Which Cloud is Right For You

Cloud computing is changing the landscape of business technology. However, it is not just the technology that shapes the requirements for what your cloud operating model will look like. Organizations need to understand the benefits and risks of a move to the cloud in areas such as:

  • Strategic Drivers: time to market for new products, IT demand variations, impact of IT costs on business growth
  • Service Drivers: efficiency, security, reliability, flexibility, management reporting
  • Governance: maturity of processes, maturity of operating model procedures, security policies and guidelines for data and applications
  • Technology Landscape: maturity of IT environment, number of business users, geographic distribution of user base
  • Cost: transparency of costs for applications and infrastructure, cost allocation to your business users
  • Ease of Migration: last investment in significant capital expenditure, ratio of IT staff to business users, contractual or vendor commitments that constrain migration

In the transition to the Cloud, an end-to-end operating model must be reviewed carefully. This should not be a technology-led activity alone, but should also define the new roles and responsibilities that will be needed to operate this more agile, consumption-based model.

ENS-Inc cloud specialists partner with your organization to provide a complete overall solution that meets your organization’s changing and dynamic needs while still providing the necessary controls to mitigate risk.

Externally Outsourced Cloud Solutions

At their most basic form, cloud solutions are a way of taking an aspect of IT that traditionally has been housed within the physical walls of the business and then essentially outsourcing that aspect or service to an external provider… or to offer it up internally, but offered up abstracted in its most essential components.

Examples of externally outsourced cloud solutions would be a Public Cloud provider like Amazon.com's EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), a hosted application service like Salesforce.com (Software as a Service - SaaS), or CloudFoundry.com's PaaS, Platform as a Service, which offers up a standardized, hardened, and pre-built development environment for developers to quickly build massively scaling Internet Applications. All of these offerings are purchased on an as needed and subscription basis to release the need for purchasing capital expenditures of equipment that quickly become outdated and antiquated.

Some of these offerings are also available in smaller on premises models like Cloud Foundry, or VMware's vSphere (IaaS) product. This allows the business to retain physical control of the systems and data, yet also realize some of the benefits that cloud computing brings.

Cloud Service Models

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

IaaS offers the consumer a basic running operating system instance, usually as a virtual machine hosted on a hypervisor. Other infrastructure services are usually offered alongside the OS instance like VLANs, Load Balancers, Firewalls, Templated OS Instance Images to deploy from, etc. Connectivity to the service can be accomplished by utilizing the Internet or a dedicated WAN circuit. The consumer is then able to install their applications, databases, etc. and have complete control of everything inside of the operating system instance.

Platform as a Service (PaaS)

PaaS moves up the stack from Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) by providing a development environment or "Platform" with a predefined set of programming languages, database, and application software. This allows the programmer to quickly create applications without having to configure and maintain the underlying development infrastructure, thus allowing a faster time to market for application development.

Software as a Service (SaaS)

SaaS moves up the stack from Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS). SaaS provides a specified application that can be customized to the unique needs of the customer. It allows the customer to get up and running quickly without the investment in obtaining, developing, and configuring the underlying infrastructure.

Cloud Delivery Models

There are three types of Cloud Delivery Models: Public, Private, and Hybrid. These models define how the clouds are consumed and delivered to the consumer.

Public Clouds

In a public cloud, multiple businesses participate within the same cloud provider, usually with connectivity over the Internet or via dedicated WAN circuit. The typical example for this type of cloud delivery model would be Coke and Pepsi using the same cloud provider yet completely isolated from each other.

Private Clouds

Private Clouds are usually an internally built cloud within the "four walls" of the business utilizing one of the many Hypervisor vendors available. This provides some of the benefits of cloud computing, but the entire cloud is under the complete control of the business.

Hybrid Clouds

Hybrid Clouds are a blending of at least two of the other delivery models (Public, Private, Community). This allows the consumer to have the best of all the different delivery models, and place workloads within the appropriate delivery model depending on needs for elasticity, burst-ability, security, compliance, and jurisdiction.

ENS-Inc cloud specialists partner with your organization to provide a complete overall solution that meets your organization’s changing and dynamic needs while still providing the necessary controls to mitigate risk.

Cloud Migration Services

By utilizing a cloud infrastructure for shared resources, processor, memory, and storage can be leveraged across any number of applications. In addition, as mobility demands increase, the need for connectivity to essential business applications increases.

ENS-Inc cloud Migration Services include:

  • Cloud application assessment to determine type of cloud environment.
  • Migration of data and/or applications to private, public, or hybrid clouds.
  • Planning and implementing management of cloud environments.

Benefits of cloud migrations include:

  • Improved resource utilization.
  • Increased application accessibility.
  • Reduced CapEx and OpEx.

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