Transitioning an IT infrastructure to cloud is no small task. With multicloud, you need a clear strategy to target the best solutions, manage security risks and streamline DevOps factories as well as the cloud profile and competencies to deal with each provider.
The last thing a CIO wants to worry about is whether the enterprise’s infrastructure can keep up with business demands and innovation projects. Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) provides a very effective answer. It is scalable, agile and flexible, which helps speed up time to market, providing easy access to key computing requirements. Nevertheless, most legacy applications must be re-architected or re-platformed to take advantage of the scalability of IaaS.
IaaS represents a new consumption model for IT resources. With IaaS, IT services can be delivered via a subscription model, instead of installing them internally, eliminating up-front costs and reducing support spend.
In the past few years, cloud providers have developed value-added services such as database as a service (DbaaS) together with analytics, cognitive and machine learning services (MLaaS). Enterprises should focus on consuming these value-added services directly. They are natively scalable and resilient as opposed to raw infrastructure services, but with so much choice it is easy to end up with a patchwork of cloud solutions that can actually undermine your business goals. Complexity is one of the reasons enterprises are increasingly turning to a managed-IaaS multicloud solution.
Key service features
- Rapid deployment
- Move from a CAPEX model to an OPEX model
- Predictable uptime
- Services available via self-service and on-demand
- Delivery on subscription basis
Managed IaaS from Orange Business Services
At Orange Business Services we believe that the focus needs to be on the applications and services that cloud delivers, rather than on the IaaS itself. We offer you the capability to outsource your applications via an a la carte solution designed to match your specific business IT requirements from a fully-managed IaaS, irrespective of the cloud provider.
Our Managed Applications services are available on Orange IaaS, Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure. So you have the choice of staying with your existing cloud platform or moving to multicloud management. You can choose the location of your data based on your business requirements, as we have data centers around the globe.
Our global team of experts, with extensive experience in cloud architecture, design, migration, application testing and optimization, can ensure that your cloud migration is as smooth as possible.
Multicloud is the norm
IDC estimates that 9 out of 10 enterprises will have some part of their infrastructure or applications in the cloud this year, with the rest following by 2021.
Multicloud architecture is becoming the chosen route for enterprises looking to leverage the power of several clouds to avoid vendor lock-in, choose the best available platform for workflow/development projects and minimize risk. On average our customers use between four and five clouds, which is typical worldwide.
Transitioning an IT infrastructure to cloud is not as simple as it sounds. With multicloud, for example, you need the cloud profile, skills and competencies to deal with each cloud provider and track any changes or innovations. With Orange Business Services, you are free to choose the IaaS you want to work with. We can manage as much or as little as you want us to on your behalf. We take time to understand your business model and roadmap to ensure your enterprise gets the optimized cloud experience it needs to improve efficiencies, productivity and processes.
Cloud infrastructure security
A robust security strategy is critical. When you open up a virtual machine to the Internet, the average time before it is attacked is a matter of a few minutes. Orange Cloud is strongly secured by design. We leverage Orange Cyberdefense to ensure we are using the right levels of security for your business and follow the recommendations of cloud providers. We offer an encryption service if required. Our Cyber Security Operations Center (CyberSOC) detects cyberattacks and fraud attempts to fight against cybercrime.
The complexities associated with multicloud are a major challenge. It is essential to have end-to-end visibility across cloud resources to monitor and manage the services and ensure that provisioning is optimized. Multicloud requires that you manage contracts from multiple suppliers, use strong governance in creating service catalogs and have a single portal to manage the multicloud estate. A multicloud management service provider can take over operations management on your behalf, so that your IT teams can concentrate their efforts on pushing the business forward.
Five steps to multicloud with Orange Business Services
1. Assess your current IT legacy system with discovery tools that give a comprehensive view of the apps, flows, etc. This will help define your cloud trajectory and build a migration roadmap. It may also help you to select a suitable cloud. If you have several Microsoft licenses, for example, it may be practical to run with Azure. With the roadmap complete, we migrate the apps from the enterprise data center to the cloud. If you already have applications running in different clouds and want Orange Business Services to manage them, we assess the architecture by running our monitoring tools on top. We check application construction and what they do and then commit to running them.
2. Implementing a multicloud strategy requires clarity on workloads and individual user needs to use the best services for mission-critical applications, high-volume workloads, etc. We can help you map your workloads to make the most efficient use of your infrastructure and applications – ensuring you have scalability and performance for your future needs.
3. The real benefits of cloud come from building and deploying cloud-native applications that leverage automated cloud services proposed by providers. We support this transformation by integrating your CI/CD chain in the cloud ecosystem and setting up a DevOps factory that matches your processes. We can also help in the scripting and automation of your cloud services.
4. Governance mechanisms must be in place from the beginning. This should cover data governance, privacy and security. We work in close collaboration with Orange Cyberdefense, applying vulnerability scans, distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) protection and so forth.
5. Avoid patchwork, ad hoc cloud adoption. This isn’t sustainable in terms of security, cost and operational efficiencies. You must have a comprehensive cloud strategy based on what works for your unique business requirements. There is no one-size-fits-all to cloud adoption.