Ready for the Cloud (3): Best Practices Combined in the Cloud Framework

When you’re building a house, you follow a plan – and consult an architect as well. If you’re building a cloud landscape, you’re actually doing exactly the same thing. Of course, you can easily integrate some individual cloud services into your existing IT landscape yourself. But if you are facing a more complex cloud transition, some guidance is more than welcome. In Blog 3 of our ‘Ready for the Cloud’ series, read how an opinionated Cloud Adoption Framework can offer the guidance you need.

This blog series makes no bones about it: a cloud implementation will take your organization, and certainly your IT team, outside their comfort zone. Therefore, it is best to draw up a strategy and adapt your organization (people) accordingly. Are you wondering how other companies tackle such a migration? Cloud providers, such as Amazon and Microsoft, combine best practices from a wide variety of sectors in their Cloud Adoption Framework (CAF), which is a roadmap that helps you roll out your cloud infrastructure as efficiently and as quickly as possible.

Cloud Adoption Framework: what is it?

Everything ranging from your strategy, roadmap and migration to governance and management: a Cloud Adoption Framework guides you step by step through every phase of your cloud project, with scenarios, templates, tools and documentation.

A few examples: The Cloud Adoption Strategy Evaluator in the CAF for Azure asks you a series of questions to determine the quality of your strategy and offer recommendations based on that. Via the Skills Readiness Path, you follow the steps needed to get your team ready  for the cloud. The Strategic Migration Assessment and Readiness Tool (SMART) provides a questionnaire that assesses how ‘ready’ you are for the cloud . And Microsoft’s framework contains best practices for data management. You determine your migration approach based on all the insights provided by the CAF. The result is a configuration file that will be closely monitored during the implementation.

Technical background: about landing zones and the Terraform framework

The CAF for Azure provides best practices relating to governance, networking and identity management at two levels of your enterprise-wide architecture:

  • At a basic level: scenarios that are relevant to your overall cloud landscape
  • At the level of your landing zones: scenarios for pre-configured environments where you host specific solutions or sets of solutions

To ensure a rapid rollout, Microsoft uses Terraform, an open-source infrastructure, as a service framework. Developers define the infrastructure they need using the tool and Terraform then creates the plan and implements it.

Microsoft CAF tailored to your needs: Ordina opinionated framework

The Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure is designed for organizations of all sizes and from all sectors. This makes it incredibly useful but, at the same time, difficult to apply to the specific situation in your organization. Enter the Ordina opinionated cloud framework for Azure: a set of preconfigured solutions that combine relevant scenarios and insights from the Azure CAF with our experience. This ensures that you get a solution tailored to your needs. For example, if you are active in the financial sector and want to move your IoT applications to the cloud, you do not need to follow all the steps of the CAF for Azure. Our framework provides everything you need to accelerate your migration.

The Ordina opinionated cloud framework for Azure combines the best of both worlds: relevant scenarios from the Azure CAF as well as our experience and expertise.

What’s in it for you?

Acceleration is only one of the – major – benefits of an opinionated framework. Since you follow the best practices of numerous companies worldwide, and the framework therefore ensures structure and consistency, you don’t lose any time in taking decisions and can quickly launch and roll out any cloud project you want. In addition, there are many more benefits for you:

  • Cost savings: you work more efficiently and make fewer mistakes and you have a clear idea of the cost of each decision
  • Fewer risks: you migrate in a scalable manner and the platform forces you to establish a strong security policy (with segregation of duties, without losing DevOps flexibility)
  • More flexibility within your team: if everyone works in the same way, your people can move between teams more smoothly
  • Better collaboration: because everyone – internally as well as externally – are following the same scenarios, they speak the same language
  • Predictable and repeatable: you have an idea of the next steps and can consistently ‘copy’ each successful implementation and migration

No successful tool without expertise

Convinced and want to get started right away? Before starting, take a minute to read through this: a Cloud Adoption Framework offers a fantastic – and completely free – foundation to start from but working with it does require some expertise. Ordina helps you make the most of this reliable foundation.  We organize workshops to help your teams understand the CAF’s recommendations, decide which decisions are important for your organization and how to apply them. This ensures that you start getting value from your cloud journey right away.

Naturally, it goes without saying that our expertise extends beyond the Cloud Adoption Framework. In our next ‘Ready for the Cloud’ blog, we’ll explain how we help you with data migration.

About this blog series: what to expect

New to the world of the cloud or already have some experience? The cloud is complex anyway – if you really want to take advantage of it. That’s why we’re launching our ‘Ready for the Cloud’ blog series, packed with best practices. You will discover:

+ how Ordina can help you with all this.