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1 WELCOME TO HOTEL CLOUD

2 INTRODUCTION: WE HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR STAY Discussions surrounding cloud adoption often center on using cloud as an infrastructure solution that involves moving everything to the cloud. Consequently, when we talk about the cloud, we tend to use the word migration. Migration implies a huge commitment, like moving into a new house, everything must be relocated to somewhere new. In the context of IT, you pack up your entire data center and move to the cloud. Instead of thinking about the cloud as an all-in solution, try thinking of it as a go-to solution. If you think of cloud as a hotel, adopting its services seems less daunting. With cloud, you can pay for just the space you need for just the time required. Why move your whole infrastructure to the cloud when you can reserve a room when you need it? Outside of its function as an infrastructure solution, the cloud has a lot of potential for project management. The cloud is known for flexibility and scalability that makes it the ideal solution when short-term projects come up. When your business needs temporary resources for a special project, you can provision resources as you need them and close them down when the project is completed. Just pack a suitcase and go. Be a guest in Hotel Cloud for: Disaster recovery and backup Development and testing for applications Demands for high availability Bursting workloads In Hotel Cloud, you don t have to go all in. Find out more about what rooms we have available.

3 THE SECURITY SUITE: DISASTER RECOVERY AND BACKUP Reserve a Room for Recovery When your livelihood is at risk, it doesn t make sense to rely on a physical hardware. While natural disasters account for some events, many outages occur because of equipment failure. Emerson Network Power and the Ponemon Institute Study of Data Center Outages found that: Respondents experienced 2 complete data center outages in the past 2 years 1 33% of outages were due to equipment failure 1 The cost of downtime was more than $7,900 per minute 1 The average recovery time was 119 minutes 1 These events can cripple a business financially with costs reaching up to a million dollars. Vulnerabilities in your infrastructure make a robust disaster recovery solution necessary for your business. Because failures in the infrastructure cause so many of these incidents, it makes sense to move your disaster recovery into the cloud. With cloud-based Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service on a subscription basis, your applications and workloads can failover to a cloud environment. Maintaining copies of your critical data in a cloud storage environment protects it from the vulnerabilities of your on-site architecture and reduces the need for data center space. We ve Got Your Back The cloud can be used for backup and restore as an alternative to tape-based, off-site backups. With cloud backup, you can keep your applications and data on premise. Data is backed up in the cloud and restored to on-site hardware either continuously or in the event of a disaster. As an alternative, data can be restored to virtual machines in the cloud. The cloud can also provide continuous data management and protection in the form of data deduplication, compression, and encryption paired with replication and snapshots.

4 ROOM SERVICE: DEVELOPMENT & TESTING FOR APPLICATIONS The cloud is ideal for the development and testing of applications because the market is unpredictable. Varied demand cycles make it difficult to spin up and break down the resources in a timely manner. In a traditional set up, there is a long resource provisioning cycle. The process of setting up a lab for development is also expensive. As with most projects, the cloud eliminates capital expenditures for lab construction and provides resources when you need them. Use of the cloud for applications development frees engineers and testers from tedious and repetitive tasks so they can spend more time on innovation. There is no need to move the production system into the cloud. Instead, the cloud virtual machine can pull code from the on-premise code management system and install it. Developers can perform scenario testing in shorter cycles and build configuration templates and machine snapshots in seconds. Cloud resources are available on demand and can be auto-decommissioned in minutes, reducing the overall application development time by days or weeks for a faster time-to-market. Developers and test engineers have access to a self-service model for ordering and instantly receiving resources available in a secure and scalable infrastructure.

5 OPEN ALL NIGHT: HIGH AVAILABILITY Most cloud service level agreements demand 99.99% availability. 5 While this level of availability may not be necessary for all your company s information, there is critical data that should be available at all times. In the cloud, mission-critical data can be accessed any time, from anywhere. Healthcare: High availability is particularly important in making life and death decisions in the healthcare industry. An HIMSS Analytics survey of cloud computing adoption in healthcare organizations reported that 83% of IT executives use cloud services, particularly for Software-asa-Service. 6 With the cloud, caregivers can access Electronic Health Records, Hospital Information Systems, and picture archiving and communication systems whenever and wherever the need arises. Retail: Instant and transparent processing of transactions is key to maintaining customer satisfaction. Consumers have grown to expect instant gratification, so delayed transactions may result in customers taking their business elsewhere. Not only does the cloud provide continuous access to ERP and CRM applications, but it enables collaboration between systems that streamlines the transaction process. Government: Despite initial security concerns over the technology, the government has started using the cloud to support mission-critical operations. According to an Accenture study, reports 30% of government agencies have implemented cloud strategies. 7 Under its Cloud First initiative, the government has been considering cloud computing options for new IT projects, including continuous monitoring, asset management, and fraud detection and prevention, as well as public-facing websites that require always-on access. There is no need to move all your data and applications into the cloud, but information and services that need to be available at all times can benefit from a room in Hotel Cloud.

6 PEAK SEASON: BURSTING WORKLOADS Workloads change, but there is no need to alter your infrastructure to meet changing demands. You can provision cloud-based computing or storage resources to meet temporary demands during peak operational periods and scale back down once the need has passed. Many companies experience seasonal and cyclical traffic spikes. The winter holidays, for example, put extra pressure on the retail industry to process transactions. On Black Friday and Cyber Monday, if customers can t receive satisfactory service in an actual store or through a mobile device, they will take their business somewhere else. The cloud can be used for load balancing during periods of bursting workloads and demands. In load balancing, your business puts non-critical applications in the cloud to free up on-site resources for business-critical applications. For instance, during tax season, an accounting firm can keep the data needed to process tax forms on premises, while moving other business functions to the cloud. You wouldn t sell your house to go on summer vacation, so why move your entire infrastructure to take advantage of the scalability of the cloud? Instead, spend the holiday season at Hotel Cloud.

7 CONCLUSION: WE HAVE VACANCIES It s time to rethink the cloud. Instead of thinking of cloud adoption as a permanent relocation, think of it as a temporary resource. The attributes of scalability and high availability that make cloud a great infrastructure solution also make it a great resource for project management. When workloads change or new projects come up, the cloud allows your business to access resources quickly and economically. You can provision storage and host applications in the cloud on demand and take them down when you are finished. With the cloud, you pay as you go with no capital expenses for infrastructure needs. The next time your business plans for a project, reserve a room in Hotel Cloud. For more information on how you can use cloud to manage a project, contact Alliance Technology Solutions. We have experience with cloud implementations in the commercial, government, and healthcare industries. CONTACT US: (248) Emerson Network Power, The Lowdown on Data Center Downtime Frequency, Root Causes and Costs, 2015, US/Solutions/ByApplication/DataCenterNetworking/Data-Center-Insights/Pages/Causes_of_Downtime_Study.aspx 2 Coty Lance, Uptime Calculator, June 11, 2015, 3 Louis Columbus, 83% of Healthcare Organizations Are Using Cloud-based Apps Today, July 17, 2014, louiscolumbus/2014/07/17/83-of-healthcare-organizations-are-using-cloud-based-apps-today/ 4 Joe McKendrick, The Government as a Platform : How Cloud Computing is Progressing Inside the Beltway, Feb. 23, 2014, joemckendrick/2014/02/23/government-as-a-platform-how-cloud-computing-is-progressing-inside-the-beltway/

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