Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing

Operational productivity has become dependent upon scalable computing; the costs to create and maintain this on-prem can far exceed IT’s budget for computing.  Subscribing to scalable computing from public cloud  providers has its challenges (e.g. multi-tenant or dedicated machines, OS platform, security).  Your IT department will likely need a systems engineer that specializes in configuring the assets subscribed to and setting up connectivity and security.  Support staff from the cloud provider is often assisting many customers, providing a defined service framework.  Whether your business is expanding, scaling-up [staff or computing] resources for project work, consider subscribing to a cloud service provider outside your geographic region and power grid.  The location offers continuity of computing in the event of local severe weather or a power outage.  The provider can customize a service for you and offer executive guidance to manage the performance of your subscription.  Before selecting the service, a solution should be engineered that’s aligned to the operating needs of your enterprise, satisfies GRC affecting your computing operations, and fits your computing budget.

Potential uses avoid capital expenditures in equipment for:

  • Floor space, pipe, power, cooling; free-up floor space for operating needs
  • Host hardware, software, servers and applications in the cloud
  • Virtualization to lower server costs and power consumption
  • Shared intranet storage
  • Computing-heavy project work
  • Application testing
  • Seasonal employment
  • Mobile access

VDI

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure.   (Synonymous with Virtual Desktop Interface) VDI offers a virtual computing platform for seasonal employment, working remotely during business trips or from client sites.  (In theory (ideally) the user experience is the same as on a physical desktop.)  A saved copy of your gold [computing] image can be deployed relatively quickly and logged into via access credentials.  GPO controls access to files; expect predictable costs to add virtual desktops.

Business Continuity.   A software defined network can provide failover service to maintain continuity of computing operations.

DR

Disaster Recovery.  Customized disaster recovery services can restore skeletal computing operations until normal operations are fully restored.

Subscribing to computing services from a privately-owned cloud service provider enables strategic management of network infrastructure; GRC is applied as needed.  Digital dashboards provide visibility to the assets subscribed to.

Thank you for giving this topic your time, attention and consideration.  If you’re interested in subscribing to cloud computing, please click Request a Consultation at the base of this page, please write “Cloud Computing” in the subject line, include the email signature of your office manager, IT manager or executive assistant to your CIO in the message body.  I reply within 24hours to arrange an exploratory conference call to discuss your specific computing needs. ###

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