Cloud Architecture Services
While cloud computing presents several economic and business benefits, in practice it also presents challenges that can diminish those benefits. It’s easy for business managers to acquire and deploy cloud services outside the guidance of IT and the context of an enterprise architecture. This increases the risk of cloud sprawl, resulting in an IT landscape littered with redundant and isolated services. The envisioned productivity gains can be diminished by the often error-prone and lagging manual integration of data with other business solutions. At some point, IT is brought in to address these issues through automated integrations at increased complexity and cost that further diminishes the envisioned benefits.
Why would the business bypass IT? Some feel IT policies and procedures involve too much red tape resulting in lengthy time-to-market for new solutions. Others do not see a need to involve IT or do not recognize the value IT brings to the table. They often don’t have an appreciation for the complexities and risks that cloud services can introduce. Integration with other cloud-based and on-premise business solutions will be required. Data, especially master data, will often need to be synchronized with other solutions. Business event data generated by the cloud solution must find its way into the enterprise data warehouse and business intelligence platform. Compliance with company security policies and industry regulations must be assured, including integrated identity management, entitlement provisioning, access auditing capabilities.
Perficient helps our clients address these issues with a full complement of cloud-centric architecture services from enterprise architecture through infrastructure architecture.
Perficient helps you incorporate the unique challenges introduced by cloud computing into your enterprise architecture program, including EA framework (TOGAF, Zachman, etc.) customization, reference cloud architectures, standards, governance and vendor evaluation and selection.
Many service providers and software products today tend to focus on interoperating with either cloud-based solutions or traditional on-premise solutions. Perficient finds this does not align with the realities of the business IT environment. Solutions and their architectures should address the business problem regardless of the underlying deployment model. Leveraging a business-focused approach, Perficient offers solution architecture services that incorporate cloud computing, including the “as-a-service” and “with-a-service” models, alongside traditional on-premise models.
Private/Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure Architecture
Perficient helps you design private and hybrid infrastructure architectures based on commercial and open source platforms, such as VMWare, Microsoft, IBM, Rackspace, Eucalyptus, and OpenStack.