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At Cloudvela, we help companies in Singapore and the Philippines simplify the process of digital transformation through IT Resiliency
Check out our IT resilience checklist below so that you will be able to overcome the challenges that many businesses face like continuous availability, cloud adoption, and applications and data migration:
In this digital era, it is always prudent to prepare for unplanned disruptions. Cloud migration helps your businesses maintain the always-on function and adapting to workload mobility. If any of these items in the checklist you would like to fulfill or enhance more, our Cloudvela technical team will be glad to guide you in your digital transformation journey.
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IT Resilience Ensures the Continuity of Business
IT resilience is a set of goals that allows business to speed up the digital transformation by adapting to change while protecting business from the effects of disaster. IT resilience can save your business too by building an “always-on business” and deliver excellent customer experience to clients.
Digital transformation, when applied to business models, becomes digital disruption. The result could be as spectacular as applying new technology to an old business model to create an entirely new business model. Let us look at these popular examples:
Bed and breakfasts - AirBnB
Long distance phone calls - Skype
Movie rental stores- Netflix
Some companies might never recover from a major outage or exponential data loss due to an unexpected incident. And those businesses that do recover might never be able to recover the opportunity cost of handling the disaster instead of utilizing the funds to make further development.
IT resilience consists of a framework for avoiding errors, mitigating risks, and remediating failures of information technology systems, and increasing availability during planned or unplanned outages and migrations.
These are the 3 main components of a robust IT resilience framework:
Provide Continuous Availability
All businesses mobilize their processes with the use of technology. Technology form a vital part of business as customers expect fast and continuous flow of products and services.
With the rising demand of the 24/7 always-on availability of business, unplanned outages negatively affect the reputation of a company. Usually, a real major financial impact comes after. It is important that to be able to survive this modern world of technology, businesses should be able to mitigate extended outages as they happen, repel the effects of ransomware attacks, and reverse the effects of human error.
Enable Workload Mobility
The rate of change in technology is exponential, especially in these recent years. It is a necessary but painful process to move out of the old technology in favor of the new. Most IT professionals faced great challenges in major migration project of their data center that comes with IT infrastructure upgrades.
More and more businesses are recognizing the flexibility and availability of migrating to the cloud.
Replicating workloads from on-premises to the cloud makes the process simpler and faster.
Merger and acquisition of companies also often happens in a business environment. The process of collapsing and decommissioning unneeded systems and the data centers are quite complex but return it should gain financial benefits and even beyond increased utilization. Through data center consolidation, we will recognize the significant reduction in operating costs, hardware maintenance, support contracts, software licensing.
With the flexibility of cloud, IT professionals can clone the latest copy of production to a storage area in the cloud where it will not affect the production users, they apply changes to that copy and observe the changes in order to patch it in during the off-peak hours. Such practice brings out the workload mobility thereby increasing IT resilience.
Cloud adoption is more than just saving money for the company. Its main goal is accelerating business growth, which focused mainly on reducing time to value of new IT initiatives and providing business value.
Migrating applications can be hard, especially those companies who are already used to their legacy systems. Migrating workloads between clouds takes the process in a whole new level. Moving forward, companies will not only adopt just one cloud, but multiple clouds (public, private and hybrid), to increase flexibility, optimize for performance and cost, and prevent vendor lock-in.
IT resilience in the modern day is a “holistic approach to ensuring the systems that are becoming more and more critical to the business are always available and protected from outages, both planned and unplanned.” Backup and Disaster Recovery are just the initial stages of the IT resilience framework.
As businesses depend more and more on their IT systems to carry out their values, companies become very adaptive to change because loss of data or outages can mean huge financial loss and tremendous damage to their brand's reputation.
Before your company embark on the digital transformation journey, Cloudvela is here to help you achieve your goals faster. Through IT resilience, Cloudvela helps customers by eliminating the risk and complexity of modernization and cloud adoption.
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Unforeseen circumstances can happen anytime that can devastate businesses. Whether natural catastrophes like a forest fire, flood, earthquake or pandemic disease outbreaks, or man-made disasters like terrorist attacks, ransomware, and other cyber attacks, organizations should be able to carry out their usual business operations in the quickest time to avoid the risk of losing their important customers or even going out of business.
A Business Continuity Plan (BCP) is a vital strategy for an organization to manage its risk. It should be updated periodically just as the software and hardware of an organization get updated. An ideal BCP should identify all potential risks and their effects on business operations. A series of testing and constant reviews on the processes should be done to ensure success whenever the BCP is activated.
Enumerated below are the major benefits of having a solid Business Continuity Plan:
1. Keeping business operational during and after a disaster
Having an on-site data center backup is not enough. You should have at least one cloud backup in case disasters happen that might damage physical equipment.
2. Building customer trust and confidence
Ensuring your business is always online and available even when disaster strikes attract more customers to patronize your products and services.
3. Safeguarding company reputation
The company's reputation has a great impact on its sales revenue. Positive feedback from customers contributes to a good reputation.
4. Mitigating risk and lowering the financial impact
Business-critical data should be strongly protected and made available during any plan or unplanned outage. This could help lower down the impact of the financial loss incurred during downtime.
5. Complying with regulatory or legal requirements
A good BCP should adhere to the security standards set by the regulatory and compliance entity.
There are five steps to take when building a business continuity plan:
Step 1: Form a business continuity management team.
Assign representatives from each department to join this team. They will be in charge of preparing the standards for the BCP, train additional team members, and identify the processes involved.
Step 2: Conduct a business impact analysis.
The impact analysis will help a company identify the risks and threats to operations, finances, reputation, employees, and supply chains. With the list of potential risks identified, the team will be able to discuss how these risks would affect operations.
Step 3: Identify resources needed through gap analysis.
Since potential risks are identified using impact analysis, a gap analysis will reveal the discrepancies between the resources on hand and resources that your company still lacks. With the gap analysis, it will help you formulate disaster recovery strategies.
Step 4: Explore and implement disaster recovery strategies
Without a disaster recovery plan, it will be difficult for a company to bounce back after the business is impacted and financial losses are incurred. It is crucial to have the recovery strategies established beforehand and reviewed periodically.
Step 5: Test the disaster recovery plan and make further recommendations and improvements.
BCP changes and adapts as the business grows. The best practice is to test and observe the disaster recovery plan every once in a while to make sure it is effective, and make recommendations for future improvement.
A company will easily cope with crisis through a carefully crafted business continuity plan. Failure to plan ahead can be disastrous for any business, as it might risk losing customers or at worst, cease operations. A clear and concise business continuity plan will give the best chances of overcoming a business disaster. The BCP should be tested periodically to ensure smooth rollout whenever is it activated during times of crisis.
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Office workers all over the world were encouraged to work from home since the beginning of the year because of the outbreak of the pandemic COVID-19. Employers faced challenges as there's the sudden rush to implement tools that are needed for their employees to work home-based. Apparently, this might be what the future of work will look like, even after the pandemic is over. Companies will not be able to go back to their usual business that easily because the virus is here to stay, or until the cure is found.
Home-based arrangements can be difficult to implement especially on the technical side, but there are better advantages. Below we can find the top 3 major advantages:
1. Flexible working hours
As long as the employee finds his/her work-life balance, it is not necessary to stick to the nine-to-five schedule. Workers will have more time to focus on the business improvement plans apart from their usual tasks.
2. Improved productivity, health and wellness
Commuting to work can be stressful especially when the office is located in a business district. Employees get more stressed commuting to work. Without the time wasted on stressful commuting, employees will be more productive with lower stress level. Less commuting will also mean less risk exposure to the viruses, road accidents, and air pollution.
Working from home usually leads to fewer interruptions, less office politics, a quieter noise level, and less or more efficient meetings. Workers typically have more time and fewer distractions, which leads to increased productivity—a huge benefit of working from home for both employees and employers alike.
3. Reduced expenses
Working from home means no office or a lot less office space. The amount of money that the employers saved can be used for other productive enhancements like system upgrades and implementing new solutions.
Working from home can be thrilling, motivating and enriching, provided you are realistic about the advantages. Whether you are a freelancer, a part-timer, or a full-time employee who just doesn't go the office for reasons like the current pandemic outbreak, it's a way to balance our daily routine. But there are added responsibilities that come with freedom, not to mention planning, foresight, self-discipline, and focus in order to complete hours of uninterrupted hard work. As many home-based employees will say, it's not easier to work from home—it's just a different location.
Cloudvela can help simplify your home office.
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As your organization prepares for cloud migration, your IT team must maintain a comprehensive view of all infrastructure components and available options for migrating each workload. The better you understand what you’re working with, the easier it is for your project planning and execution. Migrating to the cloud is a complex process, which must be customized to address the technical, functional, and operational needs of the organization. Migrating complex IT systems should be done incrementally through different stages.
To begin with your actionable cloud migration plan, you start with inventorying your systems and in-use applications. Next, you should point out which specific types of cloud migration to be applied to each item.
A successful migration strategy should address short-term aims, like decreasing hosting costs, as well as longer-term goals like better alignment between IT and business objectives.
So, what are the cloud migration types?
These are the five most commonly used approaches:
1. Re-Host (Lift and Shift)
5. Retain or Retire (Lifecycle)
These strategies are commonly referred to as “The 5 R’s of Cloud Migration”. When deciding which “R” to use, prioritize the mission-critical services for optimization and refactoring, and tackle the rest of your workloads with a simple lift-and-shift. It also can be useful to start from some lower risk non-critical workloads as a pilot test to help you refine the migration process as you get to the more critical infrastructure components.
Let's explore these five types of cloud migration.
Re-Host or Lift-and-Shift Model
Re-hosting is the most common yet straightforward cloud migration path.
You lift applications, virtual machines, and server operating systems from the current hosting environment and shift them to public cloud infrastructure without any changes.
This type of migration is easy however there is a drawback: the cloud-native features such as efficient Continuous Integration/ Continuous Development (CI/CD) automatization, monitoring systems, automated recovery, and self-healing, containerized environments, or open-source compatible services are not fully utilized. You simply re-host your application workloads in the public cloud.
This type of cloud migration can also be a starting point for large scale optimization projects or some even a move to the cloud of some legacy systems.
Re-Platform, or Lift-and-Optimize
Re-platforming involves certain optimizations to the operating system, as well as the underlying codebase hence affecting the application program interface (API) of the applications, and also some improvements made with middleware upgrade as you do with the standard lift-and-shift model.
As a result, you can leverage more cloud benefits, reshape the sourcing environment and make it compatible with the cloud, fine-tune the application functionality, and avoid post-migration work. Once you have implemented the planned adjustments and up-versioning, the application can be moved to the optimized platform and cloud servers.
In this strategy, you change the proprietary application in use for the new cloud-based platform or service. Often, that means that you drop the existing license agreement (or it expires) and go for a new platform or service in its place. For example, you may choose to switch from your legacy CRM system to a new SaaS CRM that meets your organization’s requirements better.
Refactor, or Re-Architect
The refactoring approach is the opposite of lift-and-shift migration which is driven by the desire to improve your product and services, it means that you sometimes have to re-engineer your application business logic completely and re-develop to the cloud-native version from scratch.
This cloud migration model may require extensive resources due to the increased complexity of its implementation as well as in-house expertise.
Furthermore, it allows the full use of cloud-native benefits, such as disaster recovery or containerization of the application environment. In the long run, refactoring can be more cost-efficient because these additional features have been added and prepare your environment for a scale-out architecture.
One of the most common examples of refactoring is shifting a mainframe monolithic application (for example, an online travel booking system) to microservices-based infrastructure in the cloud.
Retain or Retire, or Hybrid Model
Some components of your IT infrastructure may be retained on your legacy infrastructure. An organization may want to keep some stand-alone workloads and databases due to security issues or other constraints. For example, you may have to comply with regulatory requirements governing the locations in which certain information is stored. When categorizing the workload for this type of migration, you create a hybrid infrastructure whereby some workloads are hosted in the cloud and some workloads are retained on-premise.
When evaluating which of the “5 R’s” is right for your organization’s migration needs, keep in mind that every cloud migration is unique. These options should serve as a basis from which to develop the final strategy, which will be tailored to your specific business needs. To develop a successful migration strategy, we recommend looking at the migration process from an application-centric view rather than an infrastructure-centric one.
Cloud migration is a tall order: your migration strategy should be robust and it should help achieve key business objectives, all while being executed in agile sprints that allow you to incorporate ongoing feedback.
Here at Cloudvela, we help our clients kick-start their migration projects without losing focus on their end-point objectives and business continuity. To learn how Cloudvela can help you hit the ground running in your migration, schedule a free 1-hour consultation
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When most people think about the cloud, their initial thoughts are to reduce costs and shorten their time-to-market. More experienced buyers will layer on other criteria like performance, security, compliance, workload segmentation, and how to integrate the cloud into their existing environment. Your global cloud footprint however, is an equally important consideration.
For example disruption to the construction industry from the coronavirus has mostly been visible on construction jobsites, with workers furloughed and deliveries delayed or even cancelled. But there are similar interruptions happening at engineering and design firms—and not all companies are able to handle the forced move to a virtual office.
For many, key project files sit inaccessible on isolated servers. Those who have successfully migrated to the cloud say it's not a move that can happen quickly, but there are things that companies can start doing now.
For the firms that made the investment, the current virus pandemic has been an unplanned stress test of their IT infrastructure.
Below are seven reasons why having a global cloud footprint matters:
At Cloudvela, we always consult thoroughly with our customers to understand the challenges they face with their current IT infrastructure so that we can help to customise the most suitable tools and build in the simplicity they need.
We have been helping our clients move towards flexible working and we know the best ways to help your organisation run smoothly with a remote workforce.
Over the years, we have developed strong relationships with global cloud infrastructure providers whose footprints consist of data centres in Singapore, Asia-Pacific, North America, and Europe regions. While the expansion into these data centres has been driven primarily by customer needs, with the advent of digitalization and the recent COVID-19 pandemic, low-cost resources are not enough in leading a successful migration to the cloud. It takes a managed cloud service provider like us to help you streamline your digitalization effort and bring in the best Cloud solutions.
The ways we work and function in the world have forever changed and the new norm even when this pandemic episode is over will be heavily dependent on professional remote servicing with cutting edge technologies. We are ready to help you get there.
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Nothing happens locally on the device, logging is secured via Cloudvela RemoteDesk’s solution or as a Service with built-in Multi-factor Authentication support while your traffic is encrypted.
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1. Securely access your office desktop with your own computer
Connect via the browser to your personal computer (or company laptop) into your desktop which is running at the office. You will not require any additional VDA licensing if you remotely connect from a Windows device to your primary desktop/laptop that is connected to the company network (learn more about how RDS & VDI licensing works here). However, unlike a plain and open RDP access, RemoteDesk as a Service will add layers of security on top of the RDP access to protect your IT assets to the maximum.
2. Plug your existing server-based and computing assets into RemoteDesk workspace
Do you have server-based computing (application server, RDP or VDI setup, file servers, AD, etc.) in store? Use the full capability of RemoteDesk as a Service and make all your assets available under a single pane of glass. Enable your employees to have a highly secure and audited login via the browser, without the need to install anything. Give them access to all apps (legacy via RDP, SaaS and intranet via reverse proxy), VDI capabilities and files and maintain productivity by installing appliance and get your homeworking plan up and running in a few hours, from start to finish.
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