Designing Cloud Infrastructure
Designing Cloud Infrastructure for existing Microsoft/UNIX server workloads can be consolidated on fewer on-premise physical and cloud servers, with typical consolidation ratios of 3:1 to 15:1, allowing existing servers to be retired or reallocated with increased Carbon Emission Green IT benefits and lower IT costs. Software applications are deployed and updated faster to the desktop using virtualised cloud application packaging, streaming, isolation and sharing, dramatically reducing IT resourcing and management costs.
Total Cost Of Ownership TCO analysis is the quantification of the financial impact of deploying a technology item during its life cycle. The best way to reduce the full cost of ownership costs and capital expenditure for IT in any organisation is to first to analyse, plan and migrate your on-premise server environments, by building cloud infrastructure with virtual cloud network interfaces and server applications, along with implementing a cloud-based workstation environment. This:
1. Removes data centre floor space
2. Removes electricity costs.
3. Removes operating expenses.
4. Reduces downtime, outage and failure expenses.
5. Reduces long term costs.
6. Reduces purchasing research.
7. Removes hardware warranties and software licence costs.
8. Reduces testing costs.
9. Reduces migration expenses.
10. Reduces technology training.
11. Removes Information technology personnel costs.
12. Reduces corporate management time.
13. Removes future upgrade or scalability expenses.
14. Reduces installation and integration of server/workstation hardware and software.
15. Reduces risks susceptibility to vulnerabilities, availability of updates, patches and future licensing policies, etc.
16. Reduces diminished server and application performance (i.e. users having to wait, diminished money-making ability).
17. Reduces business insurance costs.
18. Removes hardware replacement costs.
19. Removes server and workstation decommissioning costs.
20. Improves virtualised workstation software deployment.
21. Improves security (including breaches, loss of reputation, recovery and prevention).
22. Improves the server and application backup and recovery process.
23. Improves the server and application audit process (internal and external).
In the case of comparing the TCO of existing on-premise IT environments to cloud-based solutions, consideration should be made towards the costs required to maintain the existing IT on-premise environment, which may not be possible to migrate to a proposed cloud solution. By planning your cloud server and cloud workstation infrastructure in this way, your IT ownership costs will reduce significantly by usually a factor of 10 allowing your business to improve its overall profitability and be more competitive.