Where are you on the road to cloud maturity?

The cloud isn’t just about scaling. It’s about making workflows faster, easier and more affordable. Real cloud success requires more than a “lift and shift” of existing applications. Moving to the cloud is an opportunity to reimagine and reengineer workflows.

The Cloud Maturity Model: Five progressive levels of maturity.

This “blueprint” from the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) is designed to help enterprises achieve:

  • Secure federation of cloud services
  • Automation of IT infrastructure
  • Common management and policy for data center resources
  • Transparency in cloud service capability and metrics

The ODCA recommends using the Cloud Maturity Model to:

  1. Analyze your cloud strategy.
  2. Plan your cloud investments.
  3. Evaluate cloud offerings.
  4. Plan and define your target state.

Doing this can help you effectively:

  • Implement cloud services and solutions
  • Obtain meaningful and measurable results
  • Outline future plans for achieving business objectives

Assess your current level of maturity.

Which cloud service models are right for you?

As you rethink your approach to content creation, production and delivery, you need to determine which cloud services make sense for you. Basic cloud services include:

  • Software as a service (SaaS) - outsource specific services only for the applications needed
  • Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) - outsource infrastructure such as (storage, virtualization, media libraries and analytics)
  • Platform as a service (PaaS) - outsource core operating system and building block services that allow you to run your own applications

Simple SaaS will be deployed by media enterprises in stages 1 and 2 of the Cloud Maturity Model, delivering production capabilities on demand. During stages 3 and 4 complex, cloud-aware SaaS and hybrid SaaS will be adopted.

What is the optimum deployment for each service?

Every service has unique characteristics. Here are some basic considerations.

  • Services with constant high usage and low latency requirements are best deployed on-premises. 
  • Services with fluctuating or temporary usage—where latency is acceptable—are best deployed in the cloud. 
  • Services that require moving content to and from the cloud take time and may incur data transfer costs...and hybrid infrastructure still requires a high level of IT skills.

These different requirements are one of the many reasons we recommend taking a consultative approach for your cloud journey.

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