Many cloud strategies and deployments can stall due to a host of financial, technical and organizational challenges: limits on capital, insufficient IT skills, market hype and uncertainty, and the burden of managing hybrid cloud workloads and service providers.
GreenPages can help you determine which cloud services and platforms will best drive your organizational goals, as well as create strategies and cloud blueprints that align your operational readiness with your business objectives.
Application Candidacy Selection
Hybrid cloud is the IT strategy of the future with workloads placed according to their business value, functionality, and system needs. The biggest challenge however is determining which workloads are best suited for which cloud environments.
GreenPages helps clients evaluate the latency, security, control, performance, patching, accessibility, and scalability needs of each of your workloads to enable a successful hybrid cloud deployment.
Other the key considerations when evaluating applications for cloud, include migration costs with possible application redesign, the use of containers and virtual machines, longevity of application use, licensing requirements, geographical locations, and regulatory requirements.
Best Execution Venue Selection
Choosing the best cloud venue on which to run your applications is not a simple process. IT professionals needs to analyze an array of factors, including application architecture, existing infrastructure, internal skill sets, and most important—the desired business outcomes from moving to cloud.
Gartner outlines five options—commonly known as the “Five Rs”—that organizations have:
- Rehost on infrastructure as a service (IaaS) which enables you to migrate quickly, without modifying architecture
- Refactor for platform as a service (PaaS), run applications on a cloud provider’s infrastructure which enables the reuse of existing languages, frameworks, and containers
- Revise for IaaS or PaaS, modify or extend the existing code base to support legacy modernization requirements, then use rehost or refactor options to deploy to cloud.
- Rebuild on PaaS to access innovative features in the provider's platform and improve developer productivity
- Replace with software as a service (SaaS) to avoid investment in a development team when requirements for a business function change quickly.
GreenPages helps clients evaluate all the execution venues possible and provides best practice recommendations to ensure that whatever option you choose, the outcome will support your technology and business needs.
Cloud Migration Services
If you could envision the most agile, innovative IT environment possible, what would it look like? What would your services delivery strategy be? How would you get there?
Migrating to a hybrid cloud model requires a thorough assessment of your current and planned IT project and application portfolios, including architecture & technology; process & organizational alignment; and governance & business value analysis.
Migrating to the public cloud is more than simply placing your workloads in the cloud. Do you have 3rd party vendor support for the applications being hosted? Can you move your email to the cloud? Are you confident your infrastructure is ready to move to the cloud at all?
GreenPages helps companies handle each step of the cloud migration process, from ROI analysis, to readiness assessments, to migration roadmaps, to performing the migration services. (We even provide ongoing cloud management services post-migration.) Cloud migration is a complex undertaking and GreenPages can help ensure success with comprehensive pre- and post-migration services designed to optimize your cloud investment.
“Isn’t migrating to the cloud going to save us a lot of money” Well, yes….and no. Does that mean CapEx? OpEx? LOB budget shifting? Increased revenue? Until you define exactly how you want to leverage the cloud and for what, you can’t confidently redline your spreadsheet.
Add to the fact that many modern organizations are using multiple clouds, losing track of costs are amplified—especially when providers all have their own unique pricing models and billing systems. It’s also easy and extremely common to over provision or spin up workloads and forget to take them down.
GreenPages’ cost optimization platforms and governance on consumption-based billing practices protects your cloud investment and ensures you’re only consuming the compute resources you need, when you need them.
When it comes to applications, whether they run in private or public cloud environments, modern organizations cannot afford any downtime or degradation. GreenPages helps clients ensure increased efficiency for workloads by improving density and utilization without risking application performance. We also ensure each workload is placed and scaled optimally so that the resources are available as the workload demands it in real-time.
GreenPages’ workload optimization services work with multiple hypervisors, containers, and cloud platforms to deliver resources reliably and seamlessly and ensure consistent service-level agreements.
We can also help you automate workload placement, scaling, and capacity for consistent, performance while maximizing efficiency. In addition, GreenPages’ tracking, reporting, and trending capabilities give you the equip you with the workload optimization metrics necessary to enable informed business decisions.
Day 2 Lifecycle Services
Digital era technology solutions aren’t just complex to implement, they often come with a steep operational curve that can threaten to erase the value that they were intended to achieve. For any of these strategic projects that clients engage us to design and implement, we offer Day 2 Lifecycle Services to protect your technology investments and ensure your team, tools, and processes are fully prepared to manage the solution post go-live.
GreenPages’ Day 2 Lifecycle Services include:
- Mid-Project Readiness Assessments
- Go-Live Operational Consulting & Coaching
- IT Operations Management & Governance as a Service
- CMaaS (with Build-Operate-Transfer if needed)
- Post Go-live Health Checks (90, 180, 365 days)
When our clients entrust us to help with any multi-disciplined project, we take it seriously. Handing over the keys and leaving once a project is over without ensuring operational success is irresponsible. Our goal is your goal: long-term operational success and achieving the full value of your technology investment.