Multi-cloud webinar by Nordcloud and SSH

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Join our 60 min webinar on Feb 21!

The public cloud promises to bring savings, agility and scalability. All of this is attainable provided that you know which services to choose for your purpose, and how to set up your environment following best practises.

Join multi-cloud experts from Nordcloud and SSH.COM for this exclusive webinar hosted by Cloud Security Alliance where we will discuss the following topics:
  • Why vendor-lock might not be your best option in the cloud
  • Why ensuring the best possible privileged access experience for developers and administrators is vital for your business
  • How to make daily access routines operationally efficient with automation
  • How to choose best-of-breed services for the cloud based on your business needs
  • Why existing cloud vendor or legacy solutions might sometimes add increase costs

Date: Feb 21, 8:00 pm EET  Finland – Helsinki  – or after on demand. 

Presented by Petri Kallberg, CTO at Nordcloud Finland and Markku Rossi,CTO at SSH.COM 

Register now!

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    Many organisations recognise that becoming more agile is vital to a successful digital transformation. This agility comes hand in hand with the cloud, but businesses find it challenging to find the right operational model for leveraging this.

    Getting the most out of the investment into public cloud requires changing or adjusting many aspects of work outside of technology. Supporting this cloud journey is the core focus of Nordcloud’s Consultancy & Advisory services.

    Our cloud advisory services have been built around the common experiences and customer needs which we have seen in hundreds of public cloud projects we’ve undertaken since 2011. We also work and in close co-operation with the hyper-scale professional service, like those of AWS, Azure and GCP. These experiences we have refined into the method we call Cloud Journey.

    The 5 steps of Cloud Journey

    Our five-step process is an approach which is both in line with industry best practices and based on our real-life experiences from real projects.

    1. Strategy

    Strategy is about setting and validating the goals and high-level roadmap for your organisation’s cloud journey. Our services for this phase include cloud strategy projects, vision workshops, and building directional business cases for cloud adoption. We also help with identify the capabilities needed for reaching those goals.

    2. Foundation

    For us, foundation is about both the technology and the organisation and processes for public cloud. In practice, this means defining things like a cloud governance model, the role of cloud competence centre, defining policies, security controls and the scope for the cloud core infrastructure in terms of tooling and architecture (for example networks and accounts).

    3. Innovation

    Innovation means taking full advantage of the capabilities of the public cloud and being able to quickly build new solutions for your business needs. For this, Nordcloud offers help with design services, setting up DevOps practices and in taking advantage of the data related possibilities of cloud.

    4. Migration

    Migration focuses on ensuring the existing application portfolio is also treated to the benefits of cloud. A typical advisory service would be (for example) planning the migration project, assessing the application portfolio for migration (6R analysis), or building a detailed business case for migration. We also help customers lead the transformation of their IT assets and organisation as cloud migration is different from a data centre migration and the work does not stop with the completion of the migration project.

    5. Optimisation

    After migration, optimisation helps with the transformation of ways of working, as does refactoring applications and improving the cloud core infrastructure itself. The goal for optimisation is ensuring cloud produces the needed business outcomes. Typical services could include cost optimisation services and best practice reviews, or for example, helping define and implement the next steps in the evolution of customer’s cloud centre of excellence.

    By working exclusively with the public cloud, we aim at maximising value for our customers. With this is mind, the goal for our advisory services is to produce actionable, practical recommendations.

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      How and Why Leaders Must Implement Cloud Computing

      “Organizations that do not have a high-level cloud strategy driven by their business strategy will significantly increase their risk of failure and wasted investment,” says David Cearley, vice president and Gartner Fellow.

      According to Gartner, a cloud strategy defines the business outcomes the enterprise seeks, and how to get there. Instead of thinking about it as installing new technologies, adopt a cloud service from an outcome perspective. What do you want the cloud to accomplish, and the enterprise to gain?

      Gartner highlights 4 key points for creating a cloud strategy:

      1. Select the right cloud option: it is vital that technology strategic planners select the option most aligned with the enterprise goals and needs .
      2. Think bimodal: a cloud strategy must address both modes based on the overall business strategy and the degree to which the business is focused on aggressively pursuing digital business.
      3. Categorize cloud service options based on benefits and challenges.
      4. Define guiding principles for the ideal way for cloud adoption to occur within the enterprise.

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      Wall Street Journal reports on two recent separate surveys on the adoption of cloud services:

      According to a study by Forrester

      • 86% of firms already in the cloud have a multi-cloud strategy.
      • Over half of the respondents said they have been spending between $10 million to $100 million a year on multi-cloud services.
      • Why multi-cloud then? Reasons for that vary from safeguarding data by backing it up in cloud storage across different vendors, to taking advantage of different services offered by competing platforms, or simply as a bargaining for better prices.

      IHS Markit Ltd., a London-based data and analytics research firm found that

      • Midsize to large companies currently use an average of 8 different cloud providers – and this number is expected to rise to 11 within the next two years.
      • Most firms plan to “adjust their cloud strategy” within the next two years, aiming to improve performance.

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      “Public cloud has been growing the most. Digital transformation initiatives such as edge computing and machine learning have been bringing new enterprise workloads into the cloud, driving up the demand for higher density configurations of cores, memory, and storage”, says Kuba Stolarski, research director for Infrastructure Platforms and Technologies at IDC.

      Vendor revenue from sales of infrastructure products for cloud IT grew 45.5% year over year in the first quarter of 2018 (1Q18), reaching $12.9 billion. IDC also raised its forecast for total spending on cloud IT infrastructure in 2018 to $57.2 billion. Of this forecast, the public cloud will account for 67.0% of the total, growing at an annual rate of 23.6%

      Public cloud infrastructure quarterly revenue has more than doubled in the past three years to $9.0 billion in 1Q18, growing 55.8% year over year. Traditional (non-cloud) IT infrastructure revenue grew 22.0% from a year ago.

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