This has been quite a week for GlobalOne. Actually, it has been quite a year – but this week stands out with the major announcement of our company merging with Cloud Sherpas. For those of you who haven’t yet heard, we announced on Tuesday, March 6th the joining together of Cloud Sherpas and GlobalOne to become one of the largest Cloud Service Providers focused on helping customers adopt and enhance cloud solutions. It is obvious from the coverage we have received that there is tremendous interest in the marketplace for companies to move into the cloud.
Coverage ranged from the WSJ noting that as “an international cloud service provider, (the merged company will be) helping businesses in the US and Asia Pacific move their computing to the cloud,” to Talking Cloud saying “A blockbuster cloud services provider (CSP) merger involving Cloud Sherpas and GlobalOne, potentially forming a next-generation cloud consulting company.” Brandon Butler, Network World,(Cloud consultants Cloud Sherpas, Global One merge) quoted Jeffrey Kaplan’s perspective: “The SaaS-based cloud industry has proliferated and is beginning to consolidate — the consultancy world is a shadow of that,” Kaplan says. “It’s all about moving from best of breed offerings to more stand-alone, all-encompassing, strategic suppliers of services.”
And a favorite is the one from Channel Nomics where Larry Walsh called our “Monster Merger” the “Deal of the Year” so far in 2012, saying “Perhaps it (the merged company) will draw the new blueprint for what solutions providers should be in the cloud era.”
What do you think such a blueprint should be? What are your expectations from a strategic cloud service provider like us?
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In world of enterprise computing there is no shortage of industry buzz words. Cloud computing is no exception and one of the latest topics du jour is known as Cloud Rationalization. As CIO’s are constantly being challenged to maximize the ROI of their enterprise technology stack, many are looking to cloud based solutions (Iaas/PaaS/Saas) to reduce IT complexity and gain competitive advantage. Those that have not already deployed a cloud solution are likely investigating what benefits the cloud offers their firm. In doing so technology leaders are being forced to determine what they can and cannot leverage with cloud solutions.
The Global Architecture Group at GlobalOne is frequently called upon to help clients understand the cloud paradigm particularly as it applies to enterprise computing. An element of that exploration is helping clients to determine what applications are good candidates for cloud deployment and which will likely not yield the sought after ROI and value to the firm. Cloud Rationalization is an iterative process with which a firm assesses their computing needs and aligns them with the value drivers and capabilities of cloud based solutions. Some applications are just not best served by the cloud right now. Other solutions are perfectly suited. So how do you decide?
Using a straightforward “What are my options?” approach to Cloud Rationalization a CIO can ascertain what deployment options are viable and quickly arrive at a cloud short list. So, let’s ask the question: “What are my options”?
- Run the application as-is, no modification to current architecture
- Move it offshore in its’ current state in order to reduce expense
- Use someone else’s flexible hardware offering (IaaS) but maintain administrative control
- Replace existing application with a 3rd party SaaS application
- Rewrite existing application for a PaaS platform and migrate to cloud
While this list (like the cloud) will not address all scenarios, it does a good job of illustrating what a CIO can do to start understanding the initial steps to Cloud Rationalization and developing a short list of applications that may or may not be good candidates for cloud deployment. It is important to note that the organization should conduct a thorough requirement and business impact analysis once they decide what applications to cloud enable.
Many of the pundits state that immediate cost savings of jettisoning hardware and administration overhead, while beneficial, are short lived wins. The challenge is to make these moves understanding the long term strategic value of the applications and aligning the firms current and future needs in concert with any cloud architectural assessments. While many are drawn to the flexibility and openness of the cloud, technology leaders need to be watchful for common mistakes such as “fork lifting” applications. Fork lifting is another buzzword for migrating an application from one deployment model to to another without strategic review or modification, just movement. Normally a quick win from a infrastructure point of view but often a lost opportunity for strategic alignment and application consolidation. If the application is still in a silo and doesn’t add any more value in it’s new form the return on the migration expense may be negligible. Moving to the cloud is not a solution in and of itself, rather one of the tools a CIO has to meet the ever changing needs of enterprise computing.
In the next installment of GlobalOne’s Global Architecture Review, we will look at what classes of applications are experiencing high rates of cloud adoption and how CIO’s can re-purpose infrastructure using Hybrid Cloud technology to maximize utilization and investment in hardware and staff.
For those of you who have been watching GlobalOne, the announcement being made today should not come as a surprise. Since GlobalOne’s founding, our vision was to enable companies to transform their businesses by leveraging the power of the cloud. Today we advance that vision forward by joining together our company and the top Google Enterprise Partner, Cloud Sherpas. This union joins together two market leaders, united in our mission to deliver cloud advisory and implementation services to assist you with your journey into the cloud.
We have seen first-hand, customers struggling with multi-location and global teams trying to run mid- to large enterprises with traditional on premise tools. That is yesterday’s approach. Today’s enterprises are integrating cloud based applications such as Google and Salesforce.com and others into their technical architectures. This brings new, quickly evolving capabilities for collaboration, sales, service and workforce management, marketing and many more tools into the hands of the user. And all this is being done at a fraction of the cost it would take to even try and do the same with traditional on premise solutions. The browser is the new desktop and the cloud is the enabler of that reality, a reality that exists not just in the office, but anywhere a tablet or smart phone can go. As a combined company, Cloud Sherpas and GlobalOne, now operating as Cloud Sherpas can help you plot a course, plan specific projects, execute those projects and enable the new cloud reality in your company.
More details of the announcement can be found on PR Newswire as well as the Cloud Sherpas’ blog.