Adopting a Cloud First Strategy

Organisations are facing a rapidly changing information technology environment. CIO’s are finding themselves under increasing pressure to adopt a “Cloud First” strategy. However, this in many cases is impractical and in other cases is not the best solution financially or from a security perspective.

Cloud environments have some great advantages with certain types of workloads and disadvantages with others. For example, if the availability of applications is critical, then they need to be “on-premises”. Unless of course the connectivity can be absolutely guaranteed, which is seldom the case.

Other factors that will influence the location of the organisation’s applications are:

  • Existing Infrastructure and network reliability
  • & the cloud-readiness of the applications.

Moving high workload applications to the Cloud and running them 24×7 is an expensive option. In most cases, it would be far cheaper to run on-premises or in a local private data centre.

Organisations need to look at alternatives to the traditional infrastructure environment but need their staff to focus on running the business applications and not get bogged down with infrastructure management and data storage retention and protection. So CIO’s are looking for services that provide a managed infrastructure service, a “Black Box” solution that removes the day-to-day management and protection of the underlying infrastructure and data.

An important aspect of any organisation’s journey is the awareness that any current information technology path is extremely volatile and that change is happening at a phenomenal rate. This means any solution roadmap must be extremely agile, ensuring there are no dead ends involving very expensive detours to get back on track.

Citrus Consulting’s PaaS

Citrus Consulting’s PaaS solution offers a design to cater to your bespoke business requirements. Our primary goal with our solutions is to ensure that our customers do not find themselves with islands of infrastructure. With this in mind, we have adopted the NetApp technology philosophy based on the “Data Fabric”.

A Data Fabric is an architecture and a set of data services that provide consistent capabilities across a choice of endpoints spanning on-premises and multiple cloud environments. Data Fabric simplifies and integrates data management across cloud and on-premises to accelerate digital transformation.

Citrus Consulting provides a fully managed PaaS solution in our two data centres in New Zealand. These data centres are fully secured and government approved.

What are the Options?

For those organisations requiring a solution hosted in their own data centres, Citrus has created a solution which can be seamlessly integrated with customer’s data centres, our two Citrus sites, and any of the major public Clouds. We ensure complete data protection, as well as the ability to ensure that the total solution is not just another “island of technology”.

Fundamentally the On-Premises PaaS options are as follows:

  1. Managed monthly PaaS option (as an interim) is to cater to customers who do not yet have a defined Cloud First roadmap or have ageing equipment that can no longer cope with workloads. Also, a long-term investment is out-of-the-question at this point. Alternatively, the organisation may just need a stopgap to add infrastructure resources, while Capex is not sufficient to meet the requirements of the business.This solution allows organisations to continue to operate while personally experiencing the technology capability and flexibility of the Citrus solution.
  2. Fully Managed Long-term solution is primarily to assist customers with an alternative solution to Capex, by providing technology to meet current requirements. A fully managed “Black Box” solution designed to ensure the organisation has a platform for their data that is completely managed and protected by Citrus Consulting.These solutions are specifically tailored to meet exact requirements while ensuring that the organisation’s IT team can focus on running the business applications.

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Data comes in all shapes and sizes, and so do we.

Citrus Consulting will work with an organisation’s team to ascertain their current challenges and their desired outcomes, ensuring we create a road map with the solution that has the agility the customer requires. Each solution is priced up based on the initial solution being supplied, however, the pricing structure will also factor in growth should this be required at a later stage.

Have a chat with us and see how we can help you with your data management. Contact us at Citrus Consulting today and get involved with our new event on how you can better manage your data and IT services.