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An 11-Point Health Check for Your Public Cloud

Jumping into the public cloud isn’t as easy as swiping a credit card. Whether it’s blind spots in areas of cost and inventory, configuration missteps, or surprises at the amount of tooling required for deploying in the enterprise, a move to AWS or Azure goes beyond just simply “flipping a switch.”

Whether you’ve already begun or are still contemplating the public cloud journey, use the following questions to begin the process of setting the right foundation. Now you may ask, “Where are the answers?” Fair question. What we’ve found in our work with clients is that the right answers depend heavily on variables specific to your environment—industry, regulations, business functions, etc.

Each question begins with “how” and aligns with one of the 11 pillars that comprise our Public Cloud Operating Model.

#1. Education

a) How are you helping your engineering and operations teams ramp on public cloud services?

b) How are you addressing change that your people experience? Do you have a corresponding organizational change management plan?

#2. Account Structure

a) How are you tracking your public cloud spend, including how that spend relates back to individual business units?

b) How are you designing your account structure so that a core set of services can be shared across disparate business units?

#3. Network

a) How are you architecting your public cloud connectivity to support high availability back to on-premises resources to meet the demands of your specific use cases?

#4. Compute

a) How are you architecting and sizing your hosts to drive the maximum utilization for your investment?

b) How are you managing system images and selecting appropriate instance types to meet the demands of your business?

#5. Storage

a) How are you designing your cloud infrastructure storage needs to align with your existing technological, business, and application requirements (e.g., disaster recovery as a service, native cloud storage, backup as a service, etc.)?

b) How are you architecting your cloud native storage workloads to grow dynamically to meet the current and future demands of your application?

#6. Application Architectures

a) How are you architecting your applications in a way that insulates them from the constant evolution of cloud services?

b) How are you deciding which of the many available application services you will onboard and fully operationalize?

#7. Identity Management

a) How are you architecting your identity solutions in a way that addresses existing on-premises users in conjunction with your public cloud requirements?

#8. Security

a) How are you devising security plans for the control, resource, and data planes of your public cloud?

b) How are you monitoring and enforcing compliance against regulatory standards that are applicable to your organization?

#9. Governance

a) How are you implementing continuous governance to enable developers to quickly take advantage of cloud services, while also meeting the regulatory needs of the business?

#10. Operations and Monitoring

a) How are you planning to utilize monitoring tools and metrics, as well as operational playbooks, to ensure the delivery of high quality public cloud services?

b) How are you changing your support model to adapt to the public cloud?

#11. Systems Management and Automation

a) How are you keeping your public cloud infrastructure and applications up-to-date?

b) How are you applying automation to reallocate time spent on routine work toward more value-add activities?  

We apply these pillars and thought-provoking questions in all our public cloud work with clients, and just as technology evolves, so do these questions.

If you’re interested in learning more about our public cloud capabilities, or how to determine the right answers to these questions, contact our AHEAD Labs and Briefing Center to get started. 

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