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1 Cloudscaling: The Power of Infrastructure as a Service James O Neil First National Technology Solutions

2 Agenda Overview of Cloud Computing Why and When to use Cloud Case Studies how companies are using Cloud How to compare cloud providers Which solution is right for you vcloud Director demonstration

3 Cloud Computing Adoption and Industry Trends At year end of 2016 more than 50% of Global 1000 companies will have stored customer-sensitive data in the public cloud. 83% of US CIOs estimated that more than half of their transactions would be conducted on a cloud infrastructure by Improves data management by 80% and reduce up to 14% in IT costs. 54% of companies site Security as their top concern for transitioning to the cloud. 7/10 companies using cloud services will move new applications to the cloud. 60% server workloads will be virtualized by 2014.

4 The traditional IT infrastructure delivery Companies purchase server hardware Companies purchase application licensing Applications are run on hardware within a company s data center Hardware is refreshed every 3-5 years Company manages the assets and maintenance

5 Defining Cloud Computing What are the components of cloud computing? Pay for what you use Pre-defined capacity allows you to pay for only the capacity you use, eliminating costs for unused capacity. On-demand capacity Keeping up with traffic spikes and peak seasons, you can scale your capacity levels based on your business needs as they arise. Accessible via the Internet Through a highly-secured virtualized private network (VPN), you will cut costs and eliminate costly network expenditures. Virtual capacity Make provisioning changes on demand without the hassle or high costs of hardware and go green

6 Why use Cloud Computing? Why use cloud computing? Reduces capital investment in both hardware and development costs. Lowers storage costs allowing you to scale storage as you need it when you need it. Serves as a foundation to optimize infrastructure Provides scalability with additional capacity as required based on server and network utilization allowing for future growth

7 Uses for Cloud Computing Short-term projects Test/Development environments Disaster recovery environments New application deployments Infrastructure-as-a-Service Software-as-a-Service

8 Uses for Cloud Computing Short-term projects For short-term projects with testing or development the cloud provides you access to resources and allows you to pay for what you use Test/Development environments Disaster recovery environments New application deployments Infrastructure-as-a-Service Software-as-a-Service

9 Uses for Cloud Computing Short-term projects Test/Development environments Instead of purchasing hardware and redundant systems for your test/dev environments, save the capital by using the cloud in a pay-for-use model. Disaster recovery environments New application deployments Infrastructure-as-a-Service Software-as-a-Service

10 Uses for Cloud Computing Short-term projects Test/Development environments Disaster recovery environments Some Cloud providers offer retainer models or disaster recovery models whereby you pay less for the resources in a stand-by mode. New application deployments Infrastructure-as-a-Service Software-as-a-Service

11 Uses for Cloud Computing Short-term projects Test/Development environments Disaster recovery environments New application deployment For new applications running on a different platform than what you have available, or that need to be deployed quickly. The cloud provides the pay-foruse model that may be more cost effective than procuring hardware. Infrastructure-as-a-Service Software-as-a-Service

12 Uses for Cloud Computing Short-term projects Test/Development environments Disaster recovery environments New application deployments Infrastructure-as-a-Service Infrastructure-as-a-Service provides the hardware, virtualization software and OS infrastructure to a Client with full management of that infrastructure. Allows the Client to focus on their business and strategic initiatives. Software-as-a-Service

13 Uses for Cloud Computing Short-term projects Test/Development environments Disaster recovery environments New application deployments Infrastructure-as-a-Service Software-as-a-Service Software-as-a-Service providers enable businesses to quickly deploy and use the software application in a pay-for-use model. The SaaS provider manages the application and keeps it updated, allowing the Client to focus on their business.

14 Case Studies: The following case studies include three businesses and how they utilized cloud and virtualization technology. Retailer (ecommerce Site) Wholesaler (Mobile Application) Software Provider (Application Development)

15 Case Studies Retailer ecommerce Site Large Retailer Omaha, NE Business Issue: Re-writing their ecommerce Web Site Capital investment of over $1 Million Data Center improvements to accommodate additional hardware Server Hardware Storage Hardware Needed to start development immediately in the June timeframe in order to be ready by peak season

16 Case Studies Retailer Technical Solution: Embraced a private-cloud solution Dedicated hardware capacity for their website applications and databases Provisioned on enterprise class hardware for top performance Requires PCI certification 56 Windows Servers 306Ghz Computing Resources 660GB RAM 12,100GB Performance Disk Success Story: Test environment was available within 1 week for developers to start developing on the new infrastructure Stage and production environment's were added after testing During peak holiday season, additional memory and CPU resources were added as required to meet peak demand and ensure performance After peak season, CPU and memory was removed Client is only paying for capacity used

17 Case Studies Wholesaler Large Wholesaler/Retailer Lincoln, NE Business Issue: Developing a Mobile Application The new application would allow their clients that operate retail stores to be able to check out customers with the use of mobile device CFO denied the request to spend capital on server hardware and requested they move to a cloud-based solution with a operational expense instead of capital expense Needed to deploy the resources quickly so they could begin testing the mobile application

18 Case Studies Wholesaler Technical Solution: Embraced a private-cloud solution Dedicated hardware capacity for their website applications and databases Provisioned on enterprise class hardware for top performance Requires PCI certification 7 Windows Servers 38Ghz Computing Resources 44GB RAM 730GB Performance Disk Success Story: Test environment was available within days for developers to start developing on the new infrastructure Scalable infrastructure allows them to use more capacity when required to meet peak time frames throughout the year, but scale down when the resources are not needed

19 Case Studies Software Developer Software Development Company Omaha, NE Business Issue: Needed to perform performance testing of a new application Large capital investment would be required to procure the hardware required to run the performance test, and then the hardware would sit idle during months when tests were not be performed Only needed the hardware for a short time-frame of 3 months for their test Needed to deploy the resources quickly so they could begin testing the application

20 Case Studies Software Developer Technical Solution: pseries and Windows capacity provided on enterprise class hardware for top performance Success Story: Test environment was available within days for developers to install their application and begin the performance testing 3-month engagement kept More cost-effective to pay for the use of the hardware during the 3 month test versus purchasing hardware Provided them the capacities required to fully complete their performance testing

21 Evaluating Cloud Providers

22 Considerations when evaluating Cloud Providers What is their pricing model and does it work for your business Server pricing can be based on: Hourly usage fees Daily usage fees Monthly fees Storage fees Data transfer fees Do they have a Cloud offering based on the operating system you require? Do they have self-provisioning capabilities allowing you to deploy your own servers? Where are their data centers? Where will your data be located? Do they meet compliance requirements like PCI, HIPAA, SOX, etc? Do they provide an account team or are you served through a call center? Can you call to get support or are you limited to /chat features? What type of hardware are they using and does it meet your availability/reliability objectives?

23 Considerations when evaluating Cloud Providers Is your data backed up? What is the retention policy What is the backup recovery timeframe How is your data secured? Do they provide management services of the environment? What visibility do you have into the environment? Can you view performance and utilization statistics Can you add/remove additional capacity What options are available for a disaster recovery environment? Do they have stand-by/retainer models Can you customize their offering to fit your needs? What are the SLA s for availability of the environment? What are the SLA s for response time from a service perspective? Are there references you can talk to about their experience?

24 Steps to determine what IT infrastructure is ideal for cloud conversion

25 Identify components ideal for Cloud Computing Assess your IT infrastructure Review your technology roadmap Future purchases Refresh cycles Upcoming Projects Identify the critical success factors Flexibility do you require IT budget IT services to manage the environment Security requirements Timeframe for implementation Compare costs to deploy in-house Contact providers with an offering to address your critical success factors Evaluate the business drivers, costs, and overall value back to the business

26 When does it make sense to adopt? To avoid capital investments Hardware refresh Hardware purchase Data center upgrades/facility enhancements New application deployment Short-term projects Replace or add test/development environments Free up IT staff to focus on business initiatives

27 Business Class vs Enterprise Cloud Business Class Definition: Company Profile: Enterprise Cloud Definition: Company Profile:

28 Developing a strategy and plan Without a strategy, Cloud computing can be a threat to the CIO and IT team Reduced control of IT services delivered over the Internet Perceived cost gap between a cloud service and traditional IT With a strategy, Cloud computing is a huge opportunity for the CIO Lower costs, more responsive IT, optimized delivery Greater range of services and capabilities Greater visibility in billing / chargeback to LOBs Better control of the users systems, desktops, and services access 5 Steps to cloud 1. IT Roadmap 2. Architecture 3. Workload Assessment 4. Enterprise / Cloud Mix 5. Implementation Source: IBM, 2009

29 Product Demonstration vcloud Director Product Demonstration Self provisioning and Infrastructure Capabilities

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