cloud network design
the starting point is not the technology
or the hardware layer;
it’s which business services will be delivered
at what service level
The starting point of cloud network design is also the end game
The goal of cloud computing design is to simplify the users’ experience so they can get the benefit of compute resources on demand; or in the language of cloud computing “as a service”.
Enterprises need a cloud operating system that delivers the ability to monitor, manage, and orchestrate across all environments using a single set of tools, while enabling end users to work transparently in any environment.
This will deliver the greatest simplicity for IT management, and the greatest flexibility for your user community.
Future proof your cloud network design
Data from IDC in September 2019 showed that the typical enterprise runs about 50% of IT on premises today, with 50% in the cloud. Therefore, it remains just as important to focus on what you will do on premises as what you will do in the cloud.
The two most important decisions will be:
- deciding on the cloud management framework – the Cloud OS
- determining the best approach to modernise on-premises infrastructure
MobileCorp technical specialists offer their expertise and independence as strategic design consultants, and to design a customised practical cloud deployment roadmap.
MobileCorp cloud network design professional services
MobileCorp has network specialists and the independent positioning to provide a full-service vendor-agnostic design consultancy.
- business case evaluation
- network assessment
- cloud modelling
- hybrid cloud network design
- future-proofed network design
- network documentations and diagrams
Before beginning to architect a cloud solution, it is first necessary to assess the organisation’s current business requirements and anticipated future needs. MobileCorp believes the more detailed this assessment is, the more likely the eventual outcome will deliver the solution envisaged.
Understanding the state of the current network – what is working well and what is not – is critical to decision-making around cloud modelling, and to designing an integrated cloud network environment. MobileCorp will undertake a full network assessment in partnership with the organisation.
Developing an understanding of which cloud model best meets the business need – public, private, hybrid – will inform the network design. MobileCorp will weigh cost and use-case requirements. Decision-making and design will also be influenced by the type of applications and workloads involved. Workloads have different trust requirements – with ‘trust’ also covering speed, performance, and security. For one workload, the economics might suggest staying with a legacy architecture, while for another, both economics and trust might favour either public or private cloud.
MobileCorp will deliver a best practice network design solution that meets the identified business needs and incorporates the following components:
The design will take advantage of cloud computing ability to scale up or down as demand fluctuates.
Unlike traditional IT infrastructure, cloud computing design enables automation of a number of events to improve system stability and efficiency. These will include deployment, continuous integration, monitoring, recovery, rollback, and scaling for continuous delivery.
The design will seek to reduce intra-dependencies. Components will be loosely coupled to avoid changes or failure in one of the components from affecting others.
- Data Management
Above all other components this is likely to be at the centre of design deliberations. Access to data is a core attraction of cloud computing. Where data will be stored, how it will be updated and accessed, will be key deliberations.
- Failover & Redundancy
Avoiding single points of failure is critical to the design. A system is highly available when it can withstand the failure of an individual component or multiple components. Detection and reaction to failure should both be automated as much as possible.
The need to maintain control, integrity and privacy of data at the forefront of design decision-making. However, in many instances a cloud service provider will be able to deliver higher levels of security than an internal team managing an on-premise system.
- Cost Optimisation
MobileCorp will design to avoid un-needed services, to allow understanding and control of where money is spent, to select the most appropriate and right number of resource types, to allow analysis of spend over time, and to delivery scaling to meet business needs without overspending.
- Management Simplicity and Visibility
The complexity, especially of hybrid environments, makes it difficult for IT to have transparency and visibility of cloud performance. Addressing this at design stage can ensure that post-implementation the internal IT resources are freed to focus less on operational tasks allowing more time for transformational work.
It is worth remembering that cloud design is not a one-off exercise. The only constant with network design is change. One of the core characteristics of a cloud-native system is that it’s always evolving, and that’s equally true of the architecture. MobileCorp does not design and ditch. We know there will be a requirement for constant refinement and improvement of the architecture of the system as the needs of the organisation change, the landscape of IT systems change, and the capabilities of cloud providers change. We partner with our customers for the long term.
MobileCorp will deliver a Network Design document which captures the business objectives, current status, inputs and methodology, design recommendation and design diagram.