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5 steps to help you to transform your network and become cloud-ready

More and more of us are embracing the cloud. It’s the driving force behind increased collaboration and productivity, where communities, citizens and employees can share data anytime, from any device, so they can do more together, and do it better.

There are other, well-recognised business drivers for companies to adopt a cloud strategy too, including commercial, compliance, operational and business continuity demands, as well as the ability to remain agile in today’s competitive marketplace.

Cloud computing provides tremendous value to organisations, by reducing reliance on legacy data centre infrastructure and delivering cost-effective access to a comprehensive range of publicly available services and networks, such as Health and Social care through HSCN, or education and research through JANET.

However, the cloud, and its capabilities, do not exist in a vacuum. To ensure maximum value from cloud, enterprises must examine certain criteria, including the best network connectivity model and service provider for their business requirements.

Whatever your business challenges, a reliable and resilient network means you have an enabling platform that supports your transformational cloud connectivity strategy.

We’ve identified five steps to help you to transform your network and become cloud-ready:

Step 1: Get device ready

Look at your existing endpoint devices, such as laptops, mobiles and tablets, and make sure they have the capability to connect to cloud-enabled infrastructure.

Step 2: Ensure your apps are cloud ready

Identify all the applications you use across the business and determine which ones can be effectively deployed into a public or private cloud.

Step 3: Virtualise your infrastructure

Consider consolidating multiple servers onto fewer physical devices, which in turn helps reduce your hardware and maintenance costs and lowers your company’s energy bill.

Step 4: Assess your bandwidth needs

Look at a number of factors including employee numbers and internet consumption, to ensure your cloud solution provides enough Internet bandwidth to cover your current requirements today and any future growth projections.

Step 5: Define your approach

Compare public, private and hybrid clouds, including a look at the different levels of security and management, to find the best fit cloud solution for your business needs.

Your network is fundamental to cloud connectivity success. 

First published by Capita IT and networks

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Dominic Birch

Solution director, Capita IT and Networks

Dominic has led and secured public sector WAN deals throughout the UK in a career spanning over 20 years. He has a background in IT outsourcing covering networking, voice, and security platforms. He is driven by success and providing transformational savings to local authorities.

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