Cloud computing have become a wide area and topic as many organizations have been migrating their applications and data in to the cloud ERP systems. Cloud computing can be explained to as those practices where we have the network of all the remote servers being hosted on the cloud which is done usually over and across the internet platform. Cloud computing have been known to help when we want to store, manage and process the required information by the company that has hosted its applications and the data. It works the same with what we perform when using the normal personal computers or even the servers locally just that the hardware components are not on the organizations premises but they are stored on a third party who acts as the provider or vendor providing the cloud computing services (Botta A. D., 2016).
Cloud architecture is a very key area that need to be carefully administered and before one think of choosing any of it in all areas. The regional gardens will need to know the benefits they will encounter when they migrate from the physical way of doing things to the cloud computing way of storing their information’s. The main idea here is that Regional Gardens is in need of migrating its active directories and the data storage infrastructure in to the cloud. The main idea was moving only the web services but after the understanding of what the entire package entails they decided to move all their activities from the line of business, micro services, and all their data as it is flexible and scalable and much more there is high availability making it to reduce the cost of maintenance unlike in others. The report is based on explaining all the risk assessment that Metasoft will encounter while migrating to the Hybrid cloud strategy as explained using the following questions as explained here below.
Regional Gardens limited is one of the biggest company that have been known for running a number of enterprises which are related to gardening. It is stated to have a very large display garden that is open for the public inspection for number of countable times in a specific year. The related enterprises which are included in the nursery of Regional garden are known for selling the plants and supplying the garden supplies to the overall public, the planners in the regional gardens provides advice that are related to the garden, design of the garden and lastly offering provision of the consultancy services. Regional garden has been thinking of migrating its services to the cloud infrastructure. It is the mandate of each and every organization to lay some proposals strategy that will be required in doing the analysis.
There is a lot of expectations on the Return-On-Investment in Regional garden which has put some emphasis on the reasons for investing with various aspects describing on the reduction of cost, profits maximization and lastly initiation to decisions support systems in cloud ERP that will help and support Regional Garden in making decisions. The idea behind Regional garden thinking about migrating to a cloud ERP is help in collection, recording, integration, management an delivering data or the information in all specified units in the company and its surroundings. In the enterprise system anticipated we expect the information or the applications being divided in to smaller units that is the inventory system, planning, production level, marketing and sales and the finance departments respectively.
The implementation of the cloud ERP is expected to be of high quality making it easy in reducing the time for going to the market, improving the communications, support the making of the decisions shortening the lead-time and high products being yields. Considering that the cost of maintaining such system will be low now Regional Garden will be to improve its services to its customers which will in turn help to increase the number of sale and market shares with the associated profits. We realize that we must include the internet which will be a necessity in this concept as it will be enhanced the E-commerce capabilities making it able to integrate and collaborate with the suppliers, partners and customer portal which will in turn help following up and tracking all the row materials that comes in and the final product that will help to extend the visibility and control of the internal and the outside of the Regional Garden.
There are several cloud architectures that will be applied by Regional Garden in making it migration a success. The best decision will be made by looking upon the services that we want to achieve by the end of the day. Many are times we need to make a first decision and choose without necessary understanding the idea behind we have chosen that main idea or the concept. It is advisable we take our time and spend at once other than spending to regret in future because of making wrong choices.in this case we will explain the four major cloud architecture that will be applied in explaining the migration process which will be illustrated in details and explaining the reason to as why we have deployed.
Workload Distribution Architecture- this is a cloud architecture which have been known for its decrement to the over-usage of the resources of IT. We can also consider the under-usage besides the over-usage of the IT resources. This cloud architecture is known for its reliance on the time logics and the load balancing which are some of the algorithms applied here in some extent (Wei L. Z., 2014). The reason to why think of deploying the workload distribution cloud architecture just like the name states is because of the inclusion of the Cloud Usage Monitor. The work of cloud monitor usage is performing the runtime workload through tracking. Another reason for its deployment is it being very useful through the process of information.’
Resource Pooling Cloud Architecture- this is a cloud architecture that lies on the ground by relying on the use of resource pools. There is grouping of those resources which are similar to work together as one unit. This cloud architecture also does the control functions. It is known for ensuring that the synchronization is in an automatic way or manner. The reason for deployment of resource pooling cloud architecture is because there is a great number of cloud usage monitors which are used on the runtime process. This has really helped in keeping the track and synchronization of all the elements that are needed by the pooled IT resources. The underlying management is also considered here (Buyya R. V., 2013).
Dynamic Scalability Cloud architecture- this is a cloud architecture that lies on the logics of any system that is predefined in terms of scaling. They are known for triggering the way IT resources are dynamically located. This cloud architecture so that it can support the pooling of resources. The reason for deployment of dynamic scalability cloud architecture is because the foresaid and the particular monitors that are to be used in the specific cloud architecture are able to track the way the runtime is being utilized. It is chosen and deployed also because of its dynamic fluctuations in the particular architecture.
Elasticity Resource Capacity cloud Architecture- this type of cloud architecture is related with the provisioning of servers which are virtual in the cloud in a dynamic manner. The main concept behind this cloud architecture is because of its capability of utilizing the system resources, allocation of such resources and reclaiming the Random Access Memory (RAM) along with the Central Processing Units (CPUs) (Buyya R. V., 2013). The reason for deploying the Elasticity Resource Cloud architecture is because the cloud usage monitoring have been used to gather the data used as resources with regard to the previous IT applied and currently and lastly after the scale is has been done.
Most organisation have to consider a new system just like in any other system and this may us to find ourselves in a situation where we have to look the pros and the cos of such cloud architectures. There are four benefits that we came up with and the reason against their implementation.
Cost- in this case the cost will be reduced in that the cost that was to be used in buying the hardware components will be absent as now the services of such components can be done on the cloud. We realize that there will be no computing or the hardware components or resources waiting to be catered for or waiting for the balance sheets. This has led to the depreciation and monthly review of such system usage to be absent during the report preparation. The issue with regard to the cost benefit is that if the company is unable to cater for the maintenance fee then the license will expire and the vendor will not the services to Regional gardens. The entire cost of the hardware will be reduced as no computing resources will be needed in the organisation (Botta A. D., 2016). The will be depreciation and reduction of the monthly cost making the monthly review of system usage to be very much absent (Wei L. Z., Information Sciences, 2014). The introduction of this cloud architecture will make the hardware’s used before to fade and much ensuring that the cost that was in maintaining the data will be used in paying the services provided by the AWS.
Scale- the scalability and flexibility is where we have some extension and expansion being allowed in case in future we want to add devices or applications to the cloud. It is reliable in that one has advantages like that of being scalable, reliable and hence having a secure computing infrastructure globally (Tran, 2017)..In this case of the flexibility we can be able to move our data and information from the private networks to the public networks which is done where we need to test the latest applications. The issue behinds it is that it will be hand to migrate data from the Cloud ERP to the On-Premise because of the nature of the cloud architecture. The flexibility and extensibility of the cloud computing has made it possible in transferring files and information from private clouds to public cloud networks for the purpose of testing all the latest applications.
It is easy to use in that it allows the application providers such as the ISV and the vendors in quickly accessing and securely hosting the user applications One and the major issue is the security. The main reason that is hard in implementing is safeguarding the safety of the sensitive data. The externalization of such data may lead issues such as the protection of data and the management of the identity (Micore, 2017).
It is cost effective as only pays for the computer power, capacity storage used and the resources that are used with contracts that are long-terms. The issue here is against the handling large volumes of data which may be hard to the cloud management of such data.
Integration- this benefit will help to deliver the easy access of the traditional SQL dbs. This will give analytical opportunities which will not limit the requirements of the business. The idea here is that through the use of internet in accessing the cloud we can be able to perform various services which are integrated together as a team. There is a lot of complexity when it comes to integrating. The issue of compatibility may make it hard for the integration of the data and hence making it very complex.
Lastly is the speed- where we use the virtual resources which are used as they adopt all the requirements of business objectives. The requirements of the business is the one which determines the expansions of the bandwidth in terms of the speed and how fast is needed in accessing it. . This resources are said to be virtual in that they adopt the objectives of the business very easily. . There has been fast expansion of the speeds of bandwidth according to requirements (Buyya R. V., Mastering cloud computing: foundations and applications programming. Newnes, 2013).
The planning of the hybrid approach may come with so many challenges but in real sense they are not impossible to overcome. The network design will determine the success of hybrid model especially on the cloud. When the hybrid cloud plan is approached in a way that will allow on to manage all the workloads and hence various applications in running on different platforms as necessary. Benefits of hybrid cloud extends to both the public and the private networks which have helped in utilizing the resources of IT that are used in the cloud architecture. There are challenges and risks which are associated when we are planning the hybrid cloud approach migration process such as the security risk, migration troubles and the challenges of execution.
And execution. In this case we have analysed three cases of the risks associated with the hybrid cloud planning and the overall approach.
3. Describe the general Information Security steps and controls that you would recommend to the Board to secure the Hybrid Cloud. You will need to explain to the Board your reasons for recommending these particular security steps.
Step 1 is determining the model of cloud that will be deployed for the data.
This is a very critical step as it one will be needed to identify and define the specific data that need to be migrated to the hybrid cloud. There are various options that Regional gardens can consider such as the use the on- premises ERP systems, Public Clouds ERP systems, Private ERP systems, Software as a Service (SaaS) ERP systems and the hosted ERP systems.
Step 2 is to integrate the enterprise systems currently used.
In the second step there are controlled interfaces that are needed to be put in to place. When we gain the understanding and the help of the cloud service components we can be able to do some intrusion in to the already on premise ERP systems. This will be done by Regional garden applying such technologies such as the use of the API management. We will need to consider all the aspects of the business and that of the Regional Gardens. This may also include all the functional systems used for integrating. When we consider the demands of the services offered by the cloud then we will deliver the standards for back-up for the interfaces of the cloud services (tao, 2016).
Step 3 is to address the connectivity requirements:
In step 3 we must consider every link in the components. The used components are based on the spanning of the various services offered by the cloud computing providers. There been an assurance when it comes to the connectivity that is available for the given requirements. In this step we will have to consider the usage of the network virtualization which is available. When we consider the capabilities of those connectivity’s that support resilience and making sure that the requirements of disaster recovery are always ensured.
Step 4 is to develop all service agreements and policies of the governance:
In this step the assessment of this current governance framework and the way it comply with the policies must be done. In addition we will do the harmonization process and identify the gaps that are performed in the strategy. In this case we must consider the efficiency and how the management change will be thoroughly ensured. We will have to allow enough time here in habituating and educating all the alterations that are across the Regional Garden Ltd. The gaps with regard to the management and the visibility to be measured are identified (Rittinghouse, 2016).
Step 5 is to assess and to resolve all the privacy and the related challenges in security
In this step we have to understand the interfaces between the parts that runs in the administration of the private are done. Here we may include all the open cloud admin and the on premises ERP systems. We must do some appropriate, proper, steady and accurate measures of security to all systems and applications that will be applied. We will have to evaluate the position of each datasets that is used within the arrangement of the hybrid cloud is done appropriately Lastly we are guaranteed that the utilization of steady access to the encryption and all the controls are ensured when we are in need of relocating the segments in the application between the environment we must check the privacy controls.
4. Discuss briefly what you would recommend should be included in Regional Gardens’ BCP as a result of their adoption of a Hybrid Cloud and Microservices approach. You will need to consider, as a minimum, the issues of application resilience, backup and disaster recovery in a Hybrid Cloud environment. This section should be no more than 2 pages. (10 marks)
There are some condition that have been related to when the cloud can run home due to various causes. Some of these various causes are such as the business resilience, recuperation of the disaster and the reinforcement. The main reason for above causes being considered to be significant during migration to the hybrid cloud environment is to give the adaptability in which can be able to do spanning of the local and the remote storages.
Hybrid cloud can be used to enable other alternatives. This can occur in situation especially in the off chance that are used in the open cloud which will be leveraged more and backing up the data. When we want to achieve at the end of the day is utilization of the cloud which is seen as something that have gone beyond the set objective of Regional gardens to where we have dumping of information in all the required events. There are sets in the phases in the cloud computing that are used when we want to restart or even reestablishing, continuing, revamping, reconstituting and remaking of the conditions of the on premises for recovering any disasters (Hwang, 2014).
An environment in the hybrid cloud which is anticipated to run on homes because of its adjustment to the resources currently used. The infrastructure currently used can be worked in such a manner it will be more secure. In addition there are cloud capabilities that can be leveraged in improvement of the atmosphere. This may occur in a scenario that is perfect in creating a dynamic and a flexible condition that is intended to be used by regional garden.
Furthermore the cloud’s abilities could be leveraged to improve the atmosphere. This occurs in the perfect scenario where creation of a dynamic, flexible condition is intended.
5. Discuss the requirements that Regional Gardens will need to consider in order to conduct remote server administration, resource management and SLA management for its proposed IaaS and PaaS instances (it may be useful to consider Morad and Dalbhanjan’s operational checklists for this section). This section should be no more than two to three pages in length.
5.1 Remote Server Administration Tools
There are a lot of requirements that are needed when remotely accessing the server administration tools which are in a remote place (microsoft, 2017). In this case we consider the windows 8 which is incorporating the windows 8 server manager with all the tools such as the management Console (snaps in), Cmdlets of the windows PowerShell and the suppliers involved (Lu, 2015). The tools that are included are such as the Command line tools (using CMD) used for controlling all the responsibilities and features that are used for running the window server of 2012. In some cases it may occur that some restriction may be put in place such that the instruments that need utilization in overseeing all the parts and components that it runs on which may be the Window Server 2008 R2 or the Window server 2008 itself. The requirements that are used in windows Server 2008 R2 and those of Windows server 2008 will perform the same controls as those of windows 2003 though in a more advance way.
5.2 Requirements of resource management
The second part of the requirements is understanding what is required in the management of resources remotely (Zhang, 2014). In this case we may require the OnCommand cloud manager in utilizing the ways we can use in delivering the core point to manage all endpoint of the data fabric (Li, 2015). All of this done is on the cloud (Leymann, 2015). This has helped in replicating the information that surrounds the multiple clouds and the storage of hybrid. The OnCommand tool may further be managed on the expense of storage in the cloud.
5.3 SLA Management.
The movement in the cloud has a number of consequences that it encounters. Most of these changes are very imperative using the standards of SLA. In the past the IT teams who were undertaking the SLA had finished the control over all assets they owned and characterizing their SLAs with regards to the abilities their domain can dominate in situations when it is closed or even in the on-premises. The open cloud presentation in that it does the separation of conventional boundaries of all data in the data center. Nevertheless, since the hybrid cloud contains the on-premises and the different off-premises assets then it may need to cover up all its abilities in the atmosphere of the Information Technology.
6 (A). The Regional Gardens board has also decided to move their email instance to the AWS cloud in order to begin the migration process, and test their strategy. Describe the steps that you would include in the plan to migrate these services.
(i) Description of the steps included in plan asked
In this case the AWS will be run in that we specifically use the SharePoint. The reason for the deployment of AWS over the Amazon Website Service is scaling, performing and making it’s to collaborate its platform very fast (Pluzhnik, 2014). The advantages of SharePoint in AWS cloud in that they are used in benefiting the clients and users of such services and must be considered in all ways. The key steps that are used from migrating the email instance from its current service to AWS cloud is as follows.
How scalable the SharePoint over the Amazon Website Service Cloud will be when we migrate. In this case we have to ask so many questions with regards to what we want in future with regards to storage and access. This is a very key point for any migration process and If the platform will not allow expansion or extensibility then it might be hard for a company to adapt to such services as it will not meet their requirements.
The second and very major step is the integrity of the data. As Regional gardens is very new in using the cloud computing platforms it is their mandate to do a research in the AWS SharePoint in where they will have to consider the privacy of the stored information and much more the confidentiality when it comes to accessing of the information.
Prices set for running the Current SharePoint workloads on the Amazon Website Service Cloud must be understood and considered in all ways before we migrate. The idea behind understanding the price will be because used for planning a budget and making decisions that are informed and decisive in all ways. With the help of Microsoft in using all current licenses, its integration with Amazon Website Service Cloud has helped in delivering its cloud computing servicesWhat are the critical points and issues that you see occurring at each of these steps? Explain why you see these points or issues as critical.
When we check on the above key points we can deduct some critical issues that needs to be addressed when migrating the email instance to AWS SharePoint we have to perform a checklist that check the appropriate entries in the table on the routes that we access the KMS (Kalloniatis, omputer Standards & Interfaces, 2013). The metadata was done as follows.
Comparison of the regulations of the groups set for AWS performance with those rules used in creating windows firewalls.
The version must be checked so that we understand the PV Driver used (Jula, 2014)
To check if the registry keys of the specific real times universals has already been set and if they are done in a correct manner.
In cases where we utilize the many different NICs we will need to implement the default settings of the gateway.
We have do a checking on codes and do thorough checking on the mini dump file (Gai, 2016).
In regional gardens the major objective is the use of cloud computing where they have made a decision. Their reluctant in transferring their information and all the workloads has adversely been affected by great fear and lack of security awareness packages that they may encounter if they migrate their services to the cloud (Hu, 2016). The idea is not only moving its services to the cloud but it is also picking the solid footing in the line of the business and this is the AWS hybrid cloud. The selection of AWS hybrid cloud has been successful in many ways venturing all the goals of Regional Gardens concentrating much on the privacy and the physical demands in existence. Nevertheless, there has been reported cases where there are some extraordinary hazards limiting the framework of AWS hybrid Cloud which have permitted the access in all open cloud which is capable remotely as it seen to be uncertain. (Grewal, 2013) Finally, is that the use of hybrid cloud.
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