The below excerpt is from a Partner Insights paper
By Colin Lacey, Vice President, Data Center Transformation Services and Solutions, Technology Consulting and Integration Services, Unisys Alan Chhabra, Director, Global Services Cloud Practice, BMC Software
Setting up and configuring your cloud infrastructure is the first phase in your cloud journey — and is only the start of gaining value from the cloud. To drive the most business value for your organization, you need to understand what’s involved in the deployment and operations phases, and when and where to turn for outside help.
When to Look for Help
To successfully deploy and operate a cloud environment, you need to understand your application needs and business goals first. Then, you need to implement the tools and processes required to monitor and manage the rich set of integrated technologies that make up the cloud environment. These range from storage to management and virtualization, and all the way through to authentication and billing.
Not all IT organizations will be equally able, or willing, to take on these ongoing deployment and operations chores. There are system integrators (SIs) that offer a full advisory process built around a decision workflow to determine which applications and services should run in which environments, such as a conventional in house data center versus a public or private cloud.
For those applications that are well suited to the cloud, the system integrator should suggest options that will make the use of that cloud more efficient or effective. The SI should be able, for each application, to suggest what changes are required, the level of effort required to modify the application, and whether the benefit is worth the effort.
Investing time and effort upfront to determine how you will populate and manage your cloud is essential to getting the most benefit from cloud computing in the short and long term.