Taking the fast-track to become a Cloud Expert

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Can you transform IT professionals into cloud experts in just 6 weeks?

– Well, I’d say Yes and No, but let me elaborate on that answer a bit. 🙂

I’m one of the participants in Nordcloud’s first Talent Acceleration program, which kicked off in the beginning of June. Nordcloud helps its’ customers to utilize the public cloud, but currently there’s a real shortage of cloud professionals, especially of seasoned Cloud Architects. Nordcloud Talent Acceleration is a fast-track program – lasting just 6 weeks – for training cloud experts from seasoned IT professionals to help Nordcloud mitigate talent demand.

After the training period ends in middle of August we’ll graduate to become Cloud Engineer, and start working in real customer projects, with the support of more senior staff members in the beginning. Getting real work experience in actual customer projects is a valuable thing, and one you can’t get with just taking cloud courses.

 

From software developer to cloud expert

For myself, the program is a return to a more technical role. At the start of my career I worked couple of years as a software developer and later on part as a sysadmin, but my last role has been working as a consultant – in theory mostly helping customers with collaboration tools and B2B marketing, but in practice selling my expertise in a very wide range of topics related to digitalisation. I’ve done everything from doing studies and compiling reports to delivering trainings and public speeches but also some technical work as well.

All of us in the #1 program have several years of work experience in the traditional IT fields; most seem to come from a networking or a sysadmin background, but some have also programming experience. We will be going through several AWS courses (architecting, systems operations and DevOps), which comprise of both classroom training and labs, but we’re also working in small teams on a couple of case studies, i.e. architecting, implementing and automating an environment modeled after a real customer case (so called ”Lift & Shift” case).

 

Digging deeper into cloud platforms

I’ve been following the developments in the cloud field, but never had a change to dig deeper into any of the cloud platforms, while working as a consultant on the application layer things. Getting familiar with Amazon Web Services has been very interesting, and I’ve been amazed about the possibilities virtual servers in the public cloud, containers and serverless offers. We have currently learnt both how to build modern server architectures in AWS by ourselves, and also started to learn how to automate infra creation as well. The thought that one can just store a complex server infrastructure in a version control system, and easily deploy that to any other region is mind-boggling – to say the least.

Nordcloud has also done quite a lot of IoT and AI / Machine Learning projects – which I wasn’t aware of before joining – and offers advisory services as well. As I’m always interested in new technologies and have consulting experience, I might lean into that direction in the future; let’s see.

So getting back to the original question – yes, I think we will be ready to work as Cloud Engineers after the program, but I’m sure there will still be a lot to learn and working with our experienced Cloud Architects will definitely help us get productive in a fast manner.

I’ll try to find the time to write another blog post or two about my experience later on, so stay tuned!

Harri Lakkala, Nordcloud Talent Acceleration Cloud Trainee

 

BTW. If you are an IT professional working on the ”old stuff”, check out the Nordcloud Talent Acceleration websiteNordcloud has at least 2 more infra tracks coming up in August and there’s also a new Cloud Developer track. You are a salaried employee from day 1 (including the training period) and get pretty extensive AWS trainings, so becoming a cloud expert has never been easier!

 

Harri Lakkala is one of the Nordcloud Talent Acceleration track #1 participants and a seasoned IT/Digitalisation Expert. This blog post has been cross-posted from Harri’s LinkedIn blog.

 

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My journey to AWS Certification

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Getting AWS Certified is only half the battle. A certification is much more than a piece of paper – it is used as an assurance to showcase that you have the basic understanding of the product that you’re looking to be certified in and each certification uses strict requirements and procedures.

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Understanding the organisational challenges

Everything starts with you and ends with you, but of course, having an organisation that values training and improving employees is a big plus. Organisations are constantly weighing in options for transitioning into the cloud. Everyone has heard of the vast number of enablers like faster time-to-market, infrastructure as code, DevOps, automation, a fresh start, and most of all the growing cloud services.

Organisations have been overworking IT employees for a long time and now they want them to be trained in a new mindset. This is easier said than done because people usually resist change, but in fact, the organisation already has these invaluable resources. This knowledge usually consists of networking, operating systems, database, managed services, and so much more.

The issue now is that some organisation’s executives do not have the understanding of the key services provided by the different cloud platforms. So they push the employees to get this training, but don’t provide the incentives.

Employees who are willing to continuously self-develop and improve themselves are becoming very valuable in the market. This increases the competition in the growing market. Every day, certified employees are being contacted by HR or headhunters who are offering 10%+ raise. Money is a big enabler for a lot of employees, but so is dedication and respect of the current organisation. Most people are juggling life and work responsibilities, but some still have the motivation to add another commitment to their already hectic schedules, especially the ones that are taking technical courses to gain proficiency.

Offering competitive wages and keeping those wages fair amongst current and future employees should be something that the organisation automatically does, but since this is usually not the case providing incentives can be the motivation that keeps that employee committed to their current organisation. This can be anything from a pay raise, one-time bonus, stocks, donation to a charity of choice to something as simple as giving flexible work hours during the study period.

 

How to become an AWS Partner

It is not just for you to show growth in the industry, but your organisation also needs it to become an APN Partner. Currently, there are three performance tiers (Standard, Advanced, Premier) based on training, customer engagements, and overall business investment and getting certified will help your organisation look more mature compared to other competitors.

At re:Invent 2014, they announced a change to the APN Partners requirements for 2015, showcasing that AWS wants to help customers identify successful APN Partners. One way was by increasing the certifications needed to achieve the different tiers. The Premier Tier was “8 Associate Levels” and “4 Professional Levels” certifications needed. Below is the current 2016 requirements:

As you can see from the 2016 APN Partner requirements that Associate Level has increased by 250% and Professional Level by 200%.

AWS Certification roadmap:

There is a lot of material available to help you prepare for an AWS certificate, but the internet is also full of older material that can lead you down the wrong rabbit hole. The first place to start is by looking at the AWS Certification Roadmap:

*Note that you have to take an associate certification before you can take a professional cert. AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate is broken up into 5 domains.

Each domain will challenge your understanding of AWS Services, AWS Best Practices, and most of all the Well-Architected Framework.

AWS recommends a three-day training course titled “Architecting on AWS” and a 4-hour “AWS Certification Exam Readiness Workshop”. Before taking the certification exam, I recently joined a Nordcloud “Architecting on AWS” Training course and was able to use it as a refresher course. Architecting on AWS is a course designed to teach solution architects how to optimise and get a deeper understanding of AWS Services and to showcase how the numerous services fit into Architecting on AWS.

The key focus for the Solution Architect – Associate is High-Availability, In/outs of VPC, EC2, RDS, and the plentiful storage solutions.

My journey to Amazon AWS Certification:

I am going to share with you how I prepared for the certification because I believe it’s best to hear from the source. When I was new to AWS, I started by taking the AWS Accreditation courses: “AWS TCO and Cloud Economics” and “AWS Technical Professional” AWS Accreditations are only provided to APN Partners. It took me just under one week to get accredited following the curriculum during my spare time.  

As I started to prepare for the Architect exam, another exam called “Cloud Practitioner” came out and I wanted to make sure that I knew the basics of AWS and had a good feeling about how to take the exam. I changed gears and took some AWS training courses that focussed on “Cloud Practitioner” exam. This took me about 3 weeks.

My cloud practitioner training path

AWS Free Training Path:

AWS Cloud Practitioner Essentials

AWS Solutions Training for Partners – Best Practices: Well-Architected

AWS Well-Architected Training

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AWS Technical Essentials Day

I picked a date and signed up for the exam. I also knew that I was going to take the Architect exam about 1 month later so I  registered for this too as I didn’t want to wait until I felt like I could take the test. Nobody is ready to take a test because of the fear of failure!

Note: If you do not hold a passport from a Native Speaking Country you are able to request up to an additional 30 minutes.

 

Non-English Speaker Steps:

To request a 30-minute extension for your exam, please log into your AWS Certification Account (not the PSI account) and take the following steps:

  1. From the top navigation, click Upcoming Exams
  2. On the right, click the Request Exam Accommodations button
  3. Click the Request Accommodation button
  4. Select ESL +30 Minutes from the accommodation dropdown
  5. Click Create

Now when you go to schedule your exam the time will be 30 minutes longer than normal. Note that you MUST request the accommodation BEFORE you schedule the exam.

 

My solution architect: associate training path:

 

AWS Free Training Path:

AWS Security Fundamentals

Preview Course: Deep Dive into Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS)

Preview Course: Deep Dive into Elastic File System (EFS)

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Nordcloud Training:

Security Operations on AWS

Architecting on AWS

QwikLabs

Introduction to AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)

Introduction to Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)

Introduction to AWS Lambda

Introduction to Amazon DynamoDB

Introduction to Amazon Route 53

Challenge Lab

Maintaining High Availability with Auto Scaling (for Linux)

Working with Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS)

 

Days leading up to the Exam

My mindset ever since my first test/exams in grade school has always been understanding things and not just memorising them. The same goes for AWS exams because I really want to understand how each service works and all each feature helps to enhance the key services.

Does this hurt me on exams? Of course, as I can’t remember the exact IOPS or throughput of the various EBS Volume Types. I do know that HDD EBS Volumes are mainly used Big Data or log processing. I know that Provisioned IOPS SSD allows for more than 10,000 IOPS and are mainly used for large databases.

Spot Instances cost more than a regular EC2 instance, but I do not know by how much. I do know it depends on the region and that they are primarily used for a short burst of intensive jobs in CI/CD pipelines or batch processing jobs.

Exam Day!

It was finally the exam day and I was very nervous. I didn’t want to let the organisation down or be a failure. I arrived at the testing centre about 20 minutes before and had a coffee to try to calm my nerves.

Exam Tips!

Sometimes I didn’t understand what the question was trying to ask. I just moved on and came back to it at the end of the exam. AWS Exams allow you to mark the questions so you are able to identify the ones you skipped or needed more in-depth thinking on.

Scenario-based questions are time to consume, but what I did was skip them until later. I understand this could be risky if I didn’t finish the exam on time, but spending a long time on understanding the harder question could make me miss out on easier ones later.

Exam Results:

When I finished the Solution Architect: Associate and Practitioner Exam the results came about 2 days later. PASSED

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Want to be a part of the next cloud generation?

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Are you interested in the latest cloud technologies? We have developed a new way of on-boarding,  a six-week-long course, Nordcloud Talent Acceleration in which you will be able to gain the skills you need to work with the cloud.

As there are not enough people in the universe skilled in cloud technologies, we at Nordcloud have decided to train the next generation of cloud experts.

So what is Nordcloud Talent Acceleration really about? Alexander Bugaev, one of the participants called ‘padawans’, talks about his training experiences at the program.

Before joining Nordcloud Talent Acceleration, Alexander Bugaev had been working with software development and support management. He had some experience in cloud technologies but above all, he was eager to learn more.

“At first, I applied for the position of Cloud Architect. However, after the technical interview, I and the interviewing engineer decided that it would be beneficial for me to gain more knowledge before starting the actual work. So, I joined Nordcloud Talent Acceleration,” Alexander says.

Continuous learning is one of the few things that is actually invariable in the IT world. Alexander thinks that the program is a great way to keep up with modern technologies.

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3 reasons to participate in Nordcloud Talent Acceleration:

1. Gain basic knowledge of cloud technologies in six weeks

At the program, the padawans, who come from different IT backgrounds, study from nine to five for six weeks. At the time of the interview, Alexander’s group has just completed the first two weeks.

“It has been great so far. We have a lot of useful materials and the lectures are really good and informative. Our lecturer is a true expert in his field. He presents the materials in a way that is very easy to understand,” Alexander praises.

Alexander chose the AWS Cloud Engineer track before starting the program. The group is currently studying the basics of cloud technologies via courses like AWS Essentials and Architecting. Later on, they will deepen their knowledge further by attending AWS SysOps and DevOps courses. During the program, they’ll also have limited access to our self-study portals which are designed to help with certificate preparations.

2. Onboard like a superhero

In Alexander’s opinion, the program is a great and slightly different way of onboarding as well. During the six weeks, the padawans will be prepared for their future projects and Nordcloud’s way of doing things.

Since the padawans have been hired to Nordcloud before starting the university, they get the normal salary from the first day of training. Accommodation and travel costs are provided by Nordcloud if necessary.

“I have learned a lot about Amazon’s services, the Nordcloud organization and the philosophy of cloud technologies. The company provides a possibility to spend our time learning whereas usually new employees start working immediately and are expected to learn many new things at the same time.”

For instance, Alexander’s group is working on a project which is an example of building a cloud infrastructure. With the project, they will get the idea of how their future projects are created and executed.

3. Transform from a padawan into a Jedi master

After six weeks the padawans will start to work with real customers at Nordcloud with their mentors’ support. “I think that the program is a very smart investment for Nordcloud and for our future careers as well,” Alexander says.

For Alexander, the program has been exciting and interesting. “I am amazed how I have been able to sit such long periods without moving – you don’t even notice how the time passes,” he laughs.

“Here everything depends on yourself. Your future with the cloud technologies depends on how hard you work and how thoroughly you study here.”

View the detailed schedule for Nordcloud Talent Acceleration

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Done in co-operation with Duunitori, writer Meri-Tuuli Talsi/Duunitori.

 

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Google brings the Public Cloud to Finland

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The first public cloud region in Finland is finally open!

Google has finished its many years long project of turning Hamina paper mill into a modern data centre in June 2018 and connected it to Google Cloud Platform (GCP), one of the largest public cloud services in the world.

The new Finland region, europe-north1, is the 16th region in the cloud network, but the first in the Nordics and fifth in Europe accompanying the Netherlands, Belgium, London, and Frankfurt regions.

A new hub bringing concrete benefits

Opening the Hamina data centre is not only a big nod to Finnish application know-how, but it also offers a lot of concrete benefits.

The most obvious one being is the physical location of the data and computing power. Google regions are independent and won’t automatically share or replicate with other regions, meaning data will stay in Finland. The location naturally improves the latency of the whole area. Google estimates that the new region can improve latencies by up to 65% for end-users in the Nordics and by up to 88% in Eastern Europe.

The Hamina region is split into three zones and distributing the data across multiple zones will protect against service disruptions but will still keep all data within Finland.

Added value from Multi-Regional services

While offering strong local presence, Google also offers a portfolio of Multi-Regional services. The biggest added value of the public cloud lies in the complete toolbox enabling usage of, for example, ready-made Big Data, Compute, Networking, Security and Storage applications to compliment customers own environments.

Nordcloud is excited about all the possibilities Google Hamina brings and are eager to support companies and organisations in their cloud journey. You can read more about our cloud services here.

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Nordcloud: Just another IT company with great benefits, projects and people?

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Great benefits, even greater projects, and the best possible team – in many ways Nordcloud might seem like any of the cool IT companies at the moment. We met Full Stack Developer Leo-Matti Lehtonen and asked what really makes Nordcloud a special workplace.


Projects from utilizing the public cloud to machine learning and AI

Full Stack Developer Leo-Matti Lehtonen has worked at Nordcloud for a year and a half. When asked what kind of projects there are, he answers with a laughter:

Pretty much everything. For a Full Stack Developer, there really are all kinds of different projects with different tech and also different lengths, depending on your preference. For example, there are currently projects related to IoT. In these projects, my colleagues are using a huge number of different sensors, collecting data from them and finally pushing the data to the cloud. They will utilize the public cloud on the backend and also build a nice UI to display the data.”

“Machine learning and AI are also growing fast. We can offer projects related to them as well,” he adds.

Working with the latest technologies

Leo’s current project is for a big client. It has been interesting since they have been able to influence in choosing the best and most suitable technologies for the project.

“Frontend side is built using React and Redux. On the backend we have Node and GraphQL as well,” he notes.

Lately, Leo has been excited about GraphQL which he has been using a lot. He predicts that it will be one of the next big things in the tech world, rapidly growing in popularity.

“GraphQL is still a quite new thing and I think that it is the direction where APIs are going in the future. I have spent quite a lot of time learning about it during my free time as well.”

 

Zero competition inside the company

One of the best things at Nordcloud for Leo has been the fact that the company really gives its employees all the needed resources and is focused on developing the people.

“We can use two weeks of our working time in a year to learn new things that interest us. If you want to learn something new, Nordcloud will always provide you with the resources to do it.”

For example, Leo intends to learn about the Google Cloud platform and is going to complete the certification after web training.

“People here are very eager to help. Internally there is zero competition – everyone just wants to see others grow and get better,” Leo praises.

 

An active community without any red tape

“Relations between people are natural and there is no strict hierarchy here. We are one united group of people,” Leo discloses.

People at Nordcloud do a lot of things together in their free time as well. The day before the interview they had seen a new Star Wars movie and the next morning Leo had promised to join the floorball team – though he mentions that he hasn’t played floorball in 15 years.

If you want to do something with your co-workers, you can just set up a club and the company will usually sponsor that in some way.”

Nordcloud is actively hosting different meetups and organizing workshops. “There are always some events going on. You can do a variety of different interesting things in this community,” Leo says.

Just another company with nice benefits, projects and people?

If you are still thinking of what differs Nordcloud from many other consultative companies with nice benefits, offices, projects, and people, Leo has the answer:

If you are interested in the latest cloud technologies, which I think you should, we definitely have the best knowledge related to that in Finland. At Nordcloud it is all about the cloud – all the different aspects, like application development, design and infra, have been built around it.”

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How is life on top of the cloud?

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Two years ago Jani was at that point of his career when he thought of wanting a change. He came across the Microsoft Azure Academy program and thought that the participation was the perfect fit for his interest in the public cloud. We at Nordcloud, one of the program’s partner companies, didn’t wait for long to invite the new cloud superstar to join our team.

Straight to the deep end of the pool

“I have now been working in IT for almost 20 years. Here at Nordcloud I have been able to use almost everything that I have learned before, so it has really been a great match for my skills,” says Jani Eränen who works as a Senior Cloud Architect on Azure at Nordcloud.

During the Microsoft Azure Academy, Jani had several interviews with different companies and eventually decided that Nordcloud would be the best place for him:

“I was employed immediately after two intensive weeks of training. It was like jumping straight to the deep end of the pool as I started working with the customers almost from the first day forward.”Jani gave a presentation about his journey at Nordcloud to the current Academy participants.

Diverse projects are the cure for the need to learn

As a Senior Cloud Architect Jani’s main responsibilities are solving the customers’ current problems and clearing their visions on how to work with the public cloud. “This is usually done by cloud enablement combined with building the core infrastructure. We design the solutions that the customer wants to have at the moment and also in the future,” Jani explains.

Jani has been working with us for more than a year and a half. It has been a busy ride. “When you think you know something about the public cloud, you continuously prove yourself wrong. We are learning all the time.”

Constant learning motivates Jani. As an architect, he thinks that it is more useful to have a wide knowledge of a lot of things, rather than to be an expert in some specific area. When specific expertise is needed, he will know where to look and how to combine the information.

At the moment Jani is working for one client in five partly overlapping projects which are on migration stage. “This migration happens inside the cloud from old resources to new resources.”

Jani likes the diversity of his current projects, and that he also gets to work with the coding stage and the actual deployment:

“A fun part of the designing process is to see the realization of the design and to see how it goes on. If problems occur, you know to avoid them in the future.”

Wiser journeys to the cloud

Here at Nordcloud, our architects aim to work as advisors for their customers. “First, we will talk about their situation, why they are going to the cloud and what they are getting from it. Then we design their journey to the cloud by providing the models on how to work in the cloud and how to do the enablement for their own processes.”

According to Jani, many clients want to go to the cloud because “it is the cloud and you should be there”. That is why they try to make the actual benefits clear to the customer.

After the advisory part, the projects are usually related to the core infrastructure or how to deploy actual solutions to the cloud, but there are many different types of projects.

“Containers have been quite a hot topic for a while because of the old epic public cloud providers are bringing their own managed layers to the containers. AI and machine learning are also seen almost everywhere,” Jani states.

Fun place to work and learn

In Jani’s opinion, Nordcloud has been the best employer so far in his career. That is due to the open culture, sharing of knowledge, learning opportunities, and specializing options. “Nordcloud is a fun place to work,” he says.

“We are really eager to get new people in and offer them opportunities to grow their expertise,” Jani sums up.

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Done in co-operation with Duunitori, writer Meri-Tuuli Talsi/Duunitori.

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Nordcloud: a finalist for Microsoft partner of the year 2018

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Nordcloud is a finalist for Microsoft Partner of the Year 2018

Microsoft Microsoft Corp. has announced the winners and finalists of the Microsoft 2018 Partner of the Year Awards. Nordcloud is proud to be the first finalist in the global series of partners for Open Source Applications & Infrastructure on Azure.

”This is the first time Nordcloud applied for the partner of the year title. This nomination recognises Nordcloud’s unique expertise, capabilities, leadership and results in Azure and in Open Source technologies. Nordcloud has been investing heavily into Azure competencies and we are extremely happy to be able to help our customers on their digital journey”, says Sari Aumo, Microsoft Partner Director at Nordcloud.

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Security in the Public Cloud: Finding what is right for you

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Security concerns in the cloud pop up every now and then, especially when there has been a public breach of some sort. What many businesses still don’t realise is that the public cloud is a shared responsibility, from both the cloud provider and customer. Unfortunately, 99% of these breaches are down to the customer, not the cloud provider. Some of these cases are due simply to the customer not having the competences in building a secure service in the public cloud.

Cloud comes in many shapes and sizes

  • Public cloud platforms like AWS, Azure and GCP
  • Medium cloud players
  • Local hosting provider offerings
  • SaaS providers of variable capabilities and services: From Office 365 to Dropbox

However, if the alternative is to use your own datacenter, the data center of a local provider, or a SaaS service, it’s worth building a pros and cons table and making a selection after that.

Own data centre Local hosting provider Public cloud
  • Most responsibility
  • Competence varies
  • Variable processes
  • Large costs

However – Most choice in tech

  • A lot of responsibility
  • Competence varies
  • Variable processes
  • Large costs

– Some choice in tech

  • Least responsibility
  • Proven competence & investment
  • Fully automated with APIs
  • Consumption-based

-Least amount of choice in tech

Lack of competence is typical when a business ventures into the public cloud on their own, without a partner with expertise. Luckily:

  • Nordcloud has the most relevant certifications on all of the major cloud platforms
  • Nordcloud is ISO/IEC 27001 certified to ensure our own services security is appropriately addressed
  • Typically Nordcloud builds and operates customer environments to meet customer policies, guidelines and requirements

Security responsibilities shift towards the platform provider the more high value services like IaaS, PaaS, SaaS are used. All major public cloud platform providers have proven security practices with many certifications such as:

  • ISO/IEC 27001:2013 27013, 27017:2015
  • PCI-DSS
  • SOC 1-3
  • FIPS 140-2
  • HIPAA
  • NIST

Gain the full benefits of the public cloud

The more cloud capacity shifts towards the SaaS end of the offering, the less the business needs to build the controls on their own. However, existing applications are not built for the public cloud and therefore if the application is migrated to the public cloud as it is, similar controls need to be migrated too. Here’s another opportunity to build pros & cons table: Applications considered for public cloud migration ‘as is’, vs app modernisation.

‘As is’ migration Modernise 
  • Less benefit of cloud platform
  • IT-driven

BUT

  • You start the cloud journey early
  • Larger portfolio migration
  • Time to decommission old infra is fast
  • Slower decommissioning
  • Individual modernisations

BUT

  • You can start you cloud-native journey
  • Use DevOps with improved productivity
  • You have the most benefit from using cloud platforms

Another suggestion would be to draw out a priority table of your applications so that you gain the full benefits of the public cloud.

In any case, the baseline security, architecture, cloud platform services need to be created to fulfil requirements in the company security policies, guidelines and instructions. For example:

  • Appropriate access controls to data
  • Appropriate encryption controls based on policy/guideline statements matching the classification
  • Appropriate baseline security services, such as application level firewalls and intrusion detection and prevention services
  • Security Information and Event Management solution (SIEM)

The areas listed above should be placed into a roadmap or project with strong ownership to ensure that the platform evolves to meet the demands of applications at various stages in their cloud journey. Once the organisation and governance are in place, the application and cloud platform roadmaps can be aligned for smooth sailing into the cloud where appropriate, and the cloud-native security controls and services are available. Nordcloud’s cloud experts would be able to help you and your business out here.

Find out how Nordcloud helped Unidays become more confident in the security and scalability of their platform.

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Public cloud cost clarity and optimisation – at no additional cost

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Ensuring cost clarity and optimisation on any public cloud platform is valuable. Unfortunately, most companies struggle with attaining either or both of these goals. We at Nordcloud believe that a real Solution Provider should do this for the customer. At no additional cost.

For years public cloud has delivered IT Infrastructure as it should be, an on-demand service charging only for the actual use. Resources and services can be fired up and turned off instantly and programmatically as they are needed. More often than not, users are quick to move ahead in resource and service use – but a lot slower in cleaning up or shutting down unnecessary resources.

Public cloud cost clarity and optimisation

Billing data is very granular and can even go down to the level of cost of an individual request, delivered kilobyte or second of resource use. This granularity delivers the ultimate “pay only for what you use” promise. The flip side is that with any significant public cloud use, the billing data becomes huge and eventually a nightmare to make any sense of. We have all heard which road is paved with good intentions!

Public cloud cost clarity means really understanding what is driving its costs, how costs could be contained – and ultimately who should pay for these costs. A pay-as-you-go model does not really work if the costs are allocated inaccurately in the organisation. To add to the mix, providers offer several ways to reduce service costs by choosing the right service types, through volume discounts, reservations or discounts from continued use. While buying public cloud services has become more flexible it has also become more complex.

Our customers are undisputed leaders in their respective fields. They use the public cloud to make product and service innovations, deliver value to their customers every day and disrupt their industries. This is their core competence – not necessarily the public cloud itself. A master carpenter often does not know how to make the best possible chisel, he just uses it artfully. Why should a world leader in specialist travel experiences shift their focus to public cloud cost reporting, sorting out allocations every month or try to learn ways to save money?

Monitor and analyse the public cloud spend

Public cloud cost optimisation requires deep and consistently current understanding of the many ways to purchase it – and how they would fit the organisation’s current and planned use. You pay too much If you don’t do anything – you may pay too much if you optimise the wrong way. Our customers’ experiences and skills in cost optimisation vary greatly and results follow this variance. As with many other things in life – optimisation is best left to experts.

We at Nordcloud help our customers with both cost clarity and cost optimisation. We provide our customers with Nordcloud Insight, a proprietary tool, enabling our customers to view, monitor and analyse their public cloud spend in various ways. We also provide regular cost optimisation proposals driven by both artificial and real intelligence on how to save costs from the public cloud. Most importantly, we do this as continuous operations – professional cost optimisation is not a one-time event.

So far we have found meaningful cost savings opportunities from all of our customers – even those considered widely as best practitioners in the field. Typically we find opportunities ranging from 20-30% of their current public cloud costs. In the “best practitioner” category, our findings have still been well over 10%.

We deliver cost clarity and cost optimisation at no additional cost to our customers. We believe public cloud is different. We believe our customers should also be treated differently from the traditional hosting company customers.

Why not contact us and see how we could not only deliver cost clarity to you but also lower your cost of public cloud.

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