Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing
There’s a lot of talk about cloud computing. On-demand IT infrastructures promise cost savings, agility, and the ability to focus on what adds value to your business while avoiding the things you don’t want to do.

While there’s a lot to love about clouds, however, it’s less clear which parts of cloud computing enterprises should embrace. Should we move in-house applications to pay-as-you-go software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers? Should we use third-party storage? Which parts of our web presence belong in the cloud? Can we leverage the elasticity of the cloud for testing or training?

Clouds bring with them new concerns, too. Reliability, performance, and security are real concerns, and there may be legislative restrictions on how they’re used. Avoiding cloud lock-in—so you can quickly move from provider to provider—is also important. And different clouds offer different sets of services, so which one you choose depends on what you’re trying to do.

Cloud computing is the biggest shift in IT in the last twenty years, and it’s something companies can’t afford to ignore. But it’s also confusing and complex. This is where Acredify comes in.

Acredify’s Cloud Migration Services (CMS) help organizations find the right balance of in-house and on-demand IT to maximize their performance and agility while maintaining security, mitigating risk, and minimizing costs.

To accomplish this, Acredify CMS uses a proven model of discovery, planning, execution, and monitoring that has been developed over years of cutting-edge IT operations:

  • IT discovery: Following a well-defined interview process, we review your existing IT assets and identify those elements that are suitable for migration to the cloud. Depending on the engagement, Acredify may also help you to build business cases and pricing estimates to make the case for cloud migration.
  • Migration planning: We work with your IT staff to plan the migration of those elements. This includes connecting in-house components to the cloud through secure gateways, scheduling the migration, establishing monitoring tools, and selecting the optimal cloud resources for your business.
  • Migration execution: Working alongside your IT teams, we migrate the resources into on-demand platforms. This may be as simple as moving virtual machines into infrastructure clouds, or as advanced as migrating legacy data into large, distributed cloud storage.
  • Monitoring: With the cloud systems in place, we configure monitoring tools and establish baselines that will verify the improved performance and availability, show you how your cloud-based resources are being used, and provide detailed activity reports to verify billing.
  • Periodic evaluation: As new cloud offerings emerge and your organization finds new ways to use cloud computing, we periodically revisit the CMS plan and determine whether there are new opportunities to optimize your IT.

Acredify’s hands-on experience with cloud offerings is unparalleled. We work closely with leading cloud operators and the latest software tools, providing expert guidance and avoiding the many pitfalls in this exciting—but rapidly changing—landscape.

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