HP Applications Suitability Mapping for Cloud
Taking applications to the cloud

Understanding the cloud
It is challenging to make sense of cloud computing. Hype, misconceptions, and the lack of defined nomenclature make it hard to understand how the cloud creates value. HP defines cloud computing as enabling highly scalable, elastic, technology-enabled services that can be easily consumed over the Internet as needed on a pay-per-use basis. HP sees the cloud as the next stage in the evolution of the Internet. The cloud enables new services, new connections, and new business value by enabling everything to be delivered as a service—from computing power to business processes and personal interactions— whenever and however it’s needed. Instant availability of information at any location will change how organizations communicate and collaborate. Cloud computing is a way to refer to the underlying technologies that make it possible to scale services horizontally, flex internal resources rapidly, and correlate workload processing to achieve predictable throughput when there is variable demand. Like any new technology paradigm, cloud services are additive— they are likely to be blended into a hybrid environment. Companies should look holistically at their service portfolio, which will comprise in-house, hosted, managed, and cloud services.

At HP, we have made it our job to ensure you understand all aspects of the cloud—from overall landscape to precise strategy and delivery.

Evaluating your cloud fitness
Applications Suitability for Cloud is a consultative service, directed at evaluating an application’s fit to a cloud environment. The service is typically delivered as a component to our Applications Transformation to Cloud Services. The service consists of the following functions: • Initiation phase HP consultants hold an Application Transformation to Cloud Workshop to review completeness of your HP Cloud Suitability Questionnaire with your subject-matter experts. • Analysis phase We evaluate each application for its suitability to cloud in accordance with the Business and Technical Alignment models as shown in Figure 1. • Reporting phase HP consultants conduct a meeting with you to review the analysis and suitability of each application.

Figure 1. Business and Technical Alignment models

Investigating your options
Before you can get the most from using the cloud, you need a clear understanding of what you can accomplish with it. Without question, the promise of the cloud is appealing. When organizations talk about leveraging cloud services, one of the main benefits they talk about is lowering costs. But cloud services are not just about cost … that is too simplistic. What they should be thinking about is how cloud services might save time, provide a competitive advantage, enable organizations to be more responsive, and provide cost savings. Businesses we talk with are asking key questions, such as: • Can cloud computing reduce IT costs and deliver attractive return on investment? • Can you control your services and information over the cloud—do you have visibility to services over cloud and their impact? • Can you govern cloud delivery? Do cloud or other sources fit your governance model? • How do you manage security for services from the cloud? • How can virtualization and automation deliver cloud benefits? • Can you meet compliance requirements with services delivered across multiple sources?

Business alignment
Context vs. core Service availability

Native cloud Shared off premise Shared on premise Dedicated Project mapping Service-level agreement

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Technical alignment
Architecture suitability


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Development and management

Performance match

Interface match

Providing benefits you need
Applications Suitability Mapping for Cloud will help your business and technical teams gain a common understanding of cloud by: • Mobilizing teams for fast decision-making • Evaluating cloud opportunity and risks associated with migrating applications to a cloud environment • Sharing cloud best practices • Identifying strategic cloud-related initiatives • Exploring HP Converged Infrastructure Architecture and technologies Figure 1 illustrates the kind of analysis performed for each of the applications included in the service scope. As shown, there are a number of business and technical alignment aspects that are analyzed and evaluated as part of the service. Based on the findings, we provide a set of recommendations.

enabled services. Applications Suitability Mapping for Cloud, is a good first step toward cloud computing,but there are other HP offerings you can leverage: • Cloud Discovery Workshop • Applications Transformation Experience Workshop • Applications Transformation to Cloud Services • Applications Rationalization • Data Center Modernization Services • Converged Infrastructure Consulting Services • HP Cloud Design Service • Enterprise Cloud Services–Virtual Private Cloud • Enterprise Cloud Services–Private Cloud

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Experiencing the HP advantage
HP was evolving delivery models to the cloud even before it was formally defined throughout the industry. We originated the concept of an Adaptive Infrastructure to help you evolve your data center from high-cost silos to low-cost, pooled assets and also created IT-shared services, the foundation of a service-centric, cloud-based operating model. At HP, we enable IT organizations like yours to take full advantage of cloud computing by helping you select the most suitable platform for your needs. Our array of cloud solutions encompass an “everything-as-a-service” capability that provides all the expertise to implement your chosen strategy. HP is committed to building the infrastructure, providing services, and driving innovation related to the cloud.

Getting the most from cloud computing
We provide the building blocks—foundational and enabling technologies and services—to help you get the most from cloud computing. These building blocks help your organization to source, deliver, transform, and manage a hybrid environment of technology-

Leveraging our cloud services Cloud computing gives your enterprise choice— choice in how you source and deliver services to speed delivery time and cut costs. HP cloud solutions are designed to help CIOs and their IT organizations become the builder and broker of IT services—maintaining control, building value, and leveraging the power of private and public cloud services. Most enterprises are creating a hybrid service portfolio, comprising services from many sources—traditional services, private cloud services, and public cloud services. It’s critical that you align the right model to the right service. This means you need to build, consume, and manage the right cloud services in an effective and secure way.

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