Leveraging the Cloud: Table of Contents

Leveraging the Cloud Marketplace

to Mitigate Risks, Costs and Complexities.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION 1
Why Read This Book 1
For Whom the Book Is Written 4

CHAPTER 1: THE CLOUD VALUE PROPOSITION, INCLUDING ITS CHALLENGES 9
Chapter Outline 9
Chapter Introduction: Business Productivity Benefits 11
A Brief Cloud Definition 13
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) 13
Platform as a Service (PaaS) 13
Software as a Service (SaaS) 14
Outlining Cloud Transition Challenges 14
What to Expect from the Cloud, if Managed Correctly 15
The Opportunity to Completely Redesign the
Information Infrastructure 15
Quicken Time to Value 16
The Ability to Retain Value from Sunk Software
Investments 16
A Development Platform that Provides an Integrated
and Life Cycle Approach to Managing Application Deployment 17
The Need to Loosen Control and Trust Your Cloud
Providers 17
Streamlining Processes, Tasks, Self-Service Interfaces
and Provisioning 17
Resource Usage Improvement 18
Capacity Utilization 18
Time Utilization 19
Enabling Real-Time Scalability 19
An Improved Environment that Attracts and Retains
the Brightest Staff 19
The Opportunity to Ensure Your Infrastructure Is Continuously Refreshed 20
Living in Both Worlds for Many Years to Come 20
Switching from a CapEx to OpEx Model 20
Minimizing Disruption 20
Vendor Lock-In 21
What Not to Expect from the Cloud, Anytime Soon 21
A Short Transition 21
Reduced Risk 21
Building an Entrance Strategy Without an Exit Strategy 22
Reduced Complexity 22
Reduced Costs 22
Immediately Innovate 22

CHAPTER 2: BUSINESS IMPACT WHILE

TRANSITIONING TO THE CLOUD 23
Chapter Outline 23
Chapter Introduction 25
Business Impact While Improving Business Outcomes 25
Building a Roadmap to the Cloud 26
Key Factors Influencing Cloud Adoption 27
Documenting the Current Environment 27
Questions to Inform the Strategy 28
Decision Points and Their Trade-Offs 29
Cloud Planning Action Items 30
Outsourcing and Service-Level Agreements 31
Is the Cloud Outsourcing? 31
Why Outsource? 31
Service Level Agreements (SLA) and Their Value 31
Typical Elements of a Traditional SLA 32
Newer SLA Concepts Used in the Cloud 32
Methods of Cloud Adoption 33
Design Principles and Considerations 33
Cloud-Related Strategic Goals: Speed Is Paramount 35
Preparatory, Transition and Deployment Actions 38
Conduct a Needs Assessment 38
Analyze the Data 38
Other Preparatory, Transition and Deployment
Actions 39
Develop a Cost Management Strategy to Assess
Cloud Provider Pricing Differences 40
Cloud Pricing 41

CHAPTER 3: UNDERSTANDING THE CLOUD GIANTS’ PRODUCTS AND SERVICES 42
Chapter Outline 42
Chapter Purpose: Review the Cloud Giants’ Products and Services 45
Categorizing Cloud Giant Products and Services 46
Cloud Giants: The Environment They Have Created and
Live In 47
The Cloud Is Constantly Changing 47
Co-Mingling 47
Among the Cloud Giants, You Can’t Go Wrong 47
Technology Stalwarts Sell Their Products to Reside on Multiple Cloud Giant Platforms 48
Software Licensing Options are Plentiful 48
Standards are Great; There Is One for Everyone! 48
Cloud Product Choices Can Be Found Multiple Ways 49
One Stop Shopping Is Here 49
Cloud Tools are Interleaved with all of Their Product Offerings 50
Getting Out of the Plumbing Business by Entering the
Cloud. Not So Much! 50
Blurring Lines Between the Giants and the Surrounding Cloud Vendor Marketplace 51
Cloud Giant Backgrounds 51
Born-in-the-Cloud Giants (AWS, Google, Salesforce, Workforce) 52
AWS 52
Google 53
Salesforce and Workday 54
Salesforce 54
Salesforce Products and Environment Attributes 56
Workday 56
Workday’s Platform Attributes Include 57
Legacy Companies with Products and Pricing Models
Not Originally Designed to Run in the Cloud
(Microsoft and IBM) 58
Summary Observations 60
Cloud Giant Product Reviews (AWS, Microsoft, Google,
IBM) 61
Cloud Infrastructure, Management Tools and Utilities 61
Product Review: Provisioning, Orchestration and Container Management Tools 61
Product Review: Compute Platform 63
Product Review: Storage Solutions 65
Product Review: Content Delivery Network and Acceleration 67
Product Review: Security, Compliance, and Identity Management Service 69
Product Review: Migration Tools 72
Product Review: Management Tools for All
Operations Management 74
Product Review: Databases 76
Product Review: Analytic Tools 78
Introduction to the Third of the Product Review
Categories: Application Services 80
Application Services 81
Product Review: Development Tools 81
Product Review: Mobile Application Development Platform 83
Product Review: Machine Learning/Artificial
Intelligence 84
Product Review: Internet of Things 86

CHAPTER 4: UNDERSTANDING THE CLOUD MARKETPLACE 88
Chapter Outline 88
Chapter Purpose: How to Use the Cloud Marketplace 89
A Marketplace with Global Reach: The Real Secret Sauce 90
The Cloud Marketplace Defined 91
Cloud Marketplace Vendor Considerations 93
Everyone Wins! Relationships Between Giants, the Marketplace Vendors, and the Customer 94
Partnership Requirements (as Imposed by Cloud Giants) 94
Tiered Partnership Structure Between the Cloud Giants
and Their Partners 95
Sample Listing of Cloud Marketplace Vendor Product Categories and Services 96
Cloud Infrastructure, Management Tools and Utilities 96
Data Management and Analytics 96
Application Services 96
Example 1: Sample Functionality of a Marketplace
Vendor Security Product (Security) 97
Example 2: Sample of Cloud Marketplace Partnering (VMware & AWS, VMware & IBM) 98
Workday Marketplace 99
Salesforce Marketplace 100

CHAPTER 5: CLOUD SOLUTIONS 101
Chapter Outline 101
Chapter Introduction 102
Use Case 1: Migrating Data, Applications and Servers to
the Cloud 105
Primary Rehosting or Replatforming Choices 107
Current Environment Inventory 108
Tool Selection 110
Vendor Migration Services 111
Use Case 2: Developing a Cloud Integration Platform 112
Use Case 3: Preparing for Cloud Storage 114
Steps to Create a Storage Sourcing Strategy 114
Spending More Time at the ‘Wisdom’ Layer 115
Elements of a Reliable, Secure, and Retrievable
Storage System 118
Use Case 4: Data Management 120
More on Data Housekeeping 122
Master Data Management (MDM): One Source of the
Truth 124
Use Case 5: Analytics 125
Use Case 6: Content Delivery Services 127
Cloud Network Tools 128
Use Case 7: Security, Risk Management and Identity Management Systems 130
Use Case 8: Machine Language Modeling 133
Use Case 9: Application Development in the Cloud 136
Use Case 10: Database Decisions 139

APPENDIX: DATA COLLECTION GROUP TABLES 141
GLOSSARY 171
BIBLIOGRAPHY 185

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