Cloud Computing

What is Cloud Computing?

what is cloud computing

When costs of IT have become uncontrollably high. When IT is not flexible enough anymore. When you want to compose new IT services have more manageability. These are the reasons why more and more CIOs decide and enterprise architects facilitate to move to the cloud with their IT.

Read how to design your 'Moving to the Cloud' strategy.

Migration to the Cloud

Migrating to the cloud is best explained as placing all your computing hardware and software applications on a computer network at another location and accessing it via the internet as public and private IT services.

Virtual Desktop Client. Think of switching from your MS Outlook email environment to Gmail or switching from MS PowerPoint to Prezi. Often migration to the cloud comes down to creating a virtual desktop client that offers access to linked business applications. No data storage hardware and application software are available on the end-user computer client.

Issues. But when migrating to the cloud, how do you connect all your business applications and control security? What type of cloud (public or private) and what type of IT services (SaaS, IaaS, or PaaS) do you need for your enterprise?

The 'Cloud' is only a metaphor for the Internet.

Use Dragon1 to design, visualize, and communicate your Cloud Strategy

1. Create your visual cloud terms glossary

It is important to define from the start what you in the company mean with cloud computing and its related terms. What standards and reference models or reference architectures do you use?

2. Sketch your vision on architecture

You can quickly create a reusable sketch, pattern, or diagram and a set of symbols and elements to communicate your vision on a Cloud Strategy.

cloud computing in visual designer

Screenshot of the Dragon1 Visual Designer.

By doing that you can enable others to measure and improve the maturity of the cloud computing concept. You can also get visual feedback from stakeholders and get them involved in maturing concepts. With visuals of your cloud strategy, it is also easier to communicate with suppliers and get the enterprise computing solutions you need.

Watch an example of a Cloud Computing sketch as architecture vision here.

3. Inventory of needs and issues

Dragon1 is a tool for collecting collaboratively the needs and issues of stakeholders. And to point them in the direction of Cloud Computing as a solution.

> Inventory of needs and issues

Screenshot of the Dragon1 Architecture Repository.

But of course further requirements are needed to choose between types of clouds and types of IT services.

4. Clickable Requirements Map

You as an architect or CIO can create a clickable requirements map. All stakeholders can see what requirements they have added. They can comment on the requirements of others. Architects can promote and demote requirements to propose deciding between conflicts by the owner client.

5. Migration Scenario Animation

How to migrate to the cloud in controllable steps is a concern of many stakeholders. You can make these steps as scenarios visible.

migration scenario animation

Screenshot of the Migration Scenario Design Book.

With Dragon1, you as an architect or CIO can create an interactive concept design book showing and communicating the architecture, needs, issues, requirements, strategy, and solution design 'Moving to the Cloud'.

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