Cloud Computing

Moving to Cloud Computing starts with Dragon1


When costs of IT have become uncontrollably high. When IT is not flexible enough anymore. When you want to compose new IT services having 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 on this page how you can design your 'Moving to the Cloud' strategy.

What is 'Moving to Cloud Computing'?

Moving to the cloud is at best explained as placing all your computing hardware and software applications on a computer network at another location and access 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 moving to the cloud comes down to creating a virtual desktop client that offers access to linked business applications. And no data storage hardware and application software is any more available on the end user computer client.

Issues. But when moving to the cloud, how do you connect all your business applications and control security? And 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 very 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?

Watch an example of a Cloud Computing Reference Architecture as information library in the Resource Center here.

2. Sketch your vision on architecture


Screenshot of the Dragon1 Visual Designer

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.

By doing that you can enable other 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.

And with visuals of your cloud strategy it is also easier to communicate with suppliers and get the solution you need.

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

3. Inventory of needs and issues


Screenshot of the Dragon1 Architecture Repository

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

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

Watch an example of a Cloud Computing Elements & Definitions administration here.

4. Clickable Requirements Map

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

5. Dragon1 Concept Design Book

With Dragon1 you as 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'.

6. Dragon1 Migration Scenario Animation

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

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