On track for the cloud

Mar 05, 2012

Companies aiming to benefit from the advantages of cloud computing have a lot of questions: Is their present IT landscape suited to cloud computing? If it is, which systems and which cloud - private, public or hybrid? An unbiased analysis of their current system and the Cloud Readiness Services from T-Systems provide the answers to such questions.

No investments in hardware, permanent access to the latest software and the required computing capacity. The service only costs as much as we use it. Before fulfilling this dream, every company has numerous questions for which there are no generally valid answers. Although companies already have the key technologies for cloud computing in place, they need to clarify which of their processes and applications are suitable for cloud computing.

Analysis of the current situation
T-Systems provides answers to central questions through an analysis of IT and business processes with its Cloud Readiness Services (CRS). IT experts and process specialists perform several steps in which they review the company's present situation with regard to cloud readiness. For example, systems that process and store sensitive personal data are subject to stringent data privacy requirements. Or it may not be possible to virtualize in-house application developments with the result that they are not suitable for the cloud. The experts then develop a migration concept for the systems that are candidates for the move and use standardized procedures to transfer them into the cloud. This unbiased, vendor-neutral check may also result in consultants advising - in full or in part - against a changeover to the cloud.

One key element of the Cloud Readiness Services is a detailed review, during which consultants analyze the current business, process and IT situation. This standardized end-to-end analysis and evaluation procedure provides a detailed insight into the corporate IT and thus the optimal starting point in the search for suitable startup in the cloud.

Implementation including ROI scenario
The mix of analytic, advisory services and technical solutions offers enterprises the chance to plan the transformation of their IT to cloud computing securely, implement it reliably and make specific optimizations. Evaluation takes account of business strategy and processes as well as IT service architectures - including specific compliance and security requirements. Item for item, the CRS analysis also sounds out the concept for the potential future infrastructure. Also included in the recommendations are return-on-invest calculations.

To implement a cloud strategy, a second step involving Cloud Migration & Integration Services handles the speedy, smooth migration onto standardized cloud services platforms, as offered by T-Systems with its Dynamic Services in data centers all over the globe. Industrialized procedures are used to migrate standard software packages as well as in-house business application developments.

Once migration is concluded successfully, the services from the cloud can be specifically optimized. Any applications that have not been migrated to the cloud for technical or financial reasons can be prepared for cloud computing at a later date. One of the steps involved in this is the modernization of old applications, which can help reduce maintenance costs as well as improving functionality, performance and availability.

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