Cloud Computing Checklist

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            Cloud Computing Checklist

Note: If you are considering moving some or all of your infrastructure and/or applications to the cloud, it can be a complex process, including developing the business case for changing the way IT resources are managed. Therefore, this checklist should be used as a guide and a planning tool to help determine the feasibility of cloud computing to your organization. If the checklist indicates that it looks feasible to move some or all of your resources, than we strongly recommend a more in depth study should be performed.   If you do determine that cloud computing might be a possible option for your organization, then contact   us to learn about our cloud computing program.

Here are the major items one should consider when looking at cloud computing as a resource. We are assuming that this checklist is filled out by a multi- disciplinary team.

Legend:     Potential Cloud Candidate = PCC     Not a good Cloud Candidate = NCC   

  More Information Needed = MIN

Business Environment YES NO
  Define Cloud Computing for your organization    
  Research the Service Providers (SP) and/or vendors that best     align with your definition.    
  Are your resources and applications labor intensive(>75% personnel involved versus automation or software)?   NCC
  Are  your product/services based on proprietary software?   NCC
  Is your  network hardware based on proprietary design?   NCC
  Are your products and/or services based on Intellectual Properties?   NCC
  Construct a Business Model   ROI, TCO analysis    
  Are  your Company, IT and cloud computing strategies integrated?    
  Which business and/or applications are core and which are potential candidates for the cloud?    
  Who internally manages the cloud and the cloud provider?    
  Are other functions (i.e. marketing, finance, etc) impacted by moving to the cloud?    
Your IT      
  Will Cloud Computing reduce or Increase in resources?    
  Do you have the correct skill set for cloud computing?    
  What will IT's role be regarding cloud computing?    
       
Governance/Regulatory/Compliance Considerations    
  If your business is in the following markets:    
      Government ( All levels) main business   NCC
      Health industry oriented   NCC
      Compliance required   NCC
      Certain  Financial sectors MIN  
       
Business Applications    
  How well do your applications align with the key Cloud Computing characteristics( Scale, flexibility, Access, Cost, and Security)    
      Standard CRM, SAP, ERP, etc. PCC  
      HR Functions PCC  
      Standard Payroll, etc. PCC  
      Unique or highly specialized applications   NCC
  Will mobility be part of the cloud computing strategy? (Additional considerations)    
       
Cloud Computing Key Attributes    
  Cloud Computing postures to offer  these key characteristics    
  Scalability    
  How quickly can your Service Provider add resources, grow your network or number of users?    
  Access    
  Will there be  many users and  multiple access to multiple applications or fewer users, but multiple applications or various  combination?    
  Cost    
  Is the cost based on Utility , user based or contract and how will it be measured, monitored and charged?    
   Are there additional investments internally to operate and support the cloud?   NCC
  Flexibility/portability    
  How easy is it to add, change, or port  resources and applications?    
  Support Required    
    Internal resources needed (existing or new)    
    External resources needed    
  Security    
  Probably the most discussed/ concerned about attributes     
     What form(s) of security is  provided by the Service Provider?    
     Access Security    
     Transmission security    
     Application protection / intrusion/ vulnerability    
     Information protection    
     Compliance to various standards    
    "firewalled" from other companies, networks, infrastructures, rest of the world    
Type of Cloud    
  Which best fits your strategy; Private, public, or  hybrid cloud?    
  Is the cloud for network only?    
  Is the cloud for business application only?    
  Is the cloud for storage only?    
  Is the cloud on premise , off premise or  virtual?    
       
Service Provider (SP)  or Vendors    
  Service Level Agreement (SLA)    
  Does it cover performance, security, scaling, support, compliance?    
   Is it a license, contract or pay as you go?    
   Is back up, disaster recovery, redundancy provided?    
  What form of compensation is provided when the contract is not met ?    
  Who and how is the SLA monitored, recorded and validated?    
  Does the SP have references?    
  Will the SP provide Beta test and dry runs before going live?    
Your Competition    
   Will you be sharing the same "cloud"?   NCC
   What happens if Information is  "lost"?    
  What form of firewalling is provided to keep information, application and traffic separate from other companies?