Craft a Cloud Strategy for the Enterprise Database

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Your Challenge

  • You want to leverage cloud deployments to reduce management costs, convert Capex to Opex, and enable scale on demand – all while only paying for resources when used.
  • Enterprise database licensing, deployment, and maintenance are among the most complex and expensive activities in IT.
  • Not all databases present a use case for a cloud deployment.
  • The effort required to re-platform enterprise systems for the cloud can erode perceived savings.
  • IT may not have the skills to deploy, integrate, and support enterprise systems in the cloud.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Don’t focus on whether the cloud is ready for the database – identify whether each database workload is ready for the cloud.
  • Identify database workloads to move to the cloud via a holistic cloud strategy; avoid an ad hoc approach that’s more expensive, time-consuming, and can leave you with blind spots.
  • Look before you leap; identify risks and mitigation strategies associated with moving the enterprise database to the cloud.
  • Vendors will be much more tightly integrated into your ability to deliver services. Review vendor best practices, and move from ad hoc vendor management to a defined process.

Impact and Result

  • Break down the cloud strategy into digestible, concrete steps.
  • Identify and mitigate risks to your database in a cloud computing environment before you migrate.
  • Develop a consistent process for vendor management and database provisioning.

Craft a Cloud Strategy for the Enterprise Database

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to find out why you should craft a cloud strategy for the enterprise database, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand the four ways we can support you in completing this project.


1

Review the value opportunity for moving the database to the cloud

Document drivers and current cloud deployments in the enterprise. Select database workloads that are good candidates for a pilot deployment.

2

Document and mitigate cloud database risks

Identify risks and mitigation strategies, and develop a mitigation roadmap.

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Module 1: Review the Value Opportunity

The Purpose

  • Select database workloads that are good candidates for a pilot deployment.

Key Benefits Achieved

  •  Document the current state and select workloads for a deep dive in Phase 2.

Activities:
Outputs

1.1

Review cloud definitions and assess your current state.

  • Identify drivers, champions, and potential workloads for this project.

1.2

Identify and prioritize use cases for cloud database deployment.

1.3

Assess value and readiness for cloud candidates.

  • Use the Cloud Database Strategy Workbook to create a decision matrix and compare readiness and value.

Module 2: Document and Mitigate Cloud Database Risks

The Purpose

  • Identify and rightsize risks.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Identify risks and mitigation strategies, and develop a mitigation roadmap.

Activities:
Outputs

2.1

Identify the risk to your deployment and develop a risk register.

  • Create a risk register using the Cloud Database Strategy Workbook.

2.2

Develop mitigation strategies.

  • Document mitigation strategies in the Cloud Database Strategy Workbook.

2.3

Evaluate mitigation strategies and develop a roadmap.

  • Score, schedule, and prioritize mitigation strategies in the Cloud Database Strategy Risk Mitigation Roadmap.

Module 3: Complete the Cloud Database Strategy

The Purpose

  • Establish vendor best practices, create repeatable processes, and document the strategy.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Create a plan for the future and communicate the cloud strategy.

Activities:
Outputs

3.1

Review vendors and contractual best practices.

  • Translate mitigation strategies into vendor requirements.

3.2

Measure performance and total cost.

  • Calculate TCO for the deployment using Info-Tech’s TCO calculator.

3.3

Develop SOPs and document strategy.

  • Document and communicate the strategy using Info-Tech’s Executive Presentation and Project Charter for this blueprint.