Find the right cloud Provider for you.
There is platform as a service; Infrastructure as a service, software as a service, backup and disaster recovers… etc. You may need all of these, or just some. Just because it is all called cloud does not mean you need all that’s there.
Shadow IT. Prevent multiple versions of the same solution. Innovations are good, incompatible versions are not.
Assess which application to migrate. Consider compatibility, interoperability.
– You can re-host the same application as before, which makes for a quick move, but you will not be optimising the application for the cloud. Consider upgrading as you move.
– Revising an application to suit the Cloud and changing business requirements will take some time, and risks incompatibility if you don’t update everything else at the same time; yet everything will need updating eventually.
– Consider application as given by the service provider, they probably know their own cloud system well.
Realize that moving to the Cloud system might mean being locked in for an extended period of time. Ask is this good or bad in the long term. Are you going to be locked in by penalties?
Always think of Cloud as a move forward, but also a total change in approach. It’s not a better version of the old way of doing things; it is a new way entirely. Consider making changes to the applications and the architecture in order to take advantage of the Cloud system.
Look for redundant issues, including licenses
Don’t limit yourself to short term thinking. Your business should expand; Cloud should have room for this and more.
Find what other companies have done, but realize that they all did it differently. Listen to advice, but find what works for you, and what you what your system to do in the future.

Azure in Australia

Microsoft has announced data centres in Melbourne and Sydney for Azure cloud services. They have also announced Azure app stores and connections dedicated to the new centres. These dedicated connections ensure a high quality of service. Previous Australia’s connections to Azure in Singapore were plagued by slow connection speeds because to the distances involved.

Apart from the availability of Azure the new centres would provide a greatly increases economy of scale, keeping prices down. Each location can accommodate about 600, 000 servers. The fact that there are two data centres means information can be stored at two locations, providing backup.

Previous Australian Business use of Azure meant there were issues about data being offshore. Information time delays were minor compared to varying security and privacy laws in different political jurisdictions. Some Australian companies preferred to keep their information storage local, even if it meant a lesser-known, more expensive provider.

Azure cloud offers many advantages for users. It uses the familiar windows platform and is easily scalable for a very small to vary large number of users. The fact that a business only needs s to pay for what is used means there is no redundant hardware outlay, further reducing running costs.

A recent Azure outage in November had no effect on Australian servers. The outage was found to be in a configuration change recently introduced into the Azure system.