Cloud/Managed Server

HI all,

this is my first post, so if I get it wrong please just point me in the right direction.

My organisation currently has multiple domains linked together and I would like to move our infrastructure to the cloud, or a manasged server environment. So, the question is, can I keep my servers on site, and add to them via a cloud service or managed server?

The point being I cannot push everything out at one time and will need to push things slowly. I just need to know the possibilities, and currently we do not have the knowledge in house to define what can and cannot be done.

Thanks everyone.

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, this is entirely possible.

I would recommend, that you liaise with a Cloud Partner, that can guide you, and migrate some of your services to the Cloud or Managed Service Environment, with the use of secure VPNs this can be connected back to your internal network securely.

This will give you the time to evaluate and test if Cloud or a Managed Service environment is right for you before migrating the rest of you services to this time of environment.

Are you already Cloud Enabled - what I mean is are you already running some type of Virtual Infrastrucutre, VMware, Hyper-V or Xen - this will make the transistion to the Cloud far easier in the future.

I can speak of VMware, as we are a VMware specalist and Partner, VMware Resellers, offer Cloud based Services. To work with you to plan your journey to the Cloud.

any other questions please ask.
BusbarSolutions ArchitectCommented:
it depends about what is the services you have inside and its ability to host them on the cloud or share them between the internal and cloud servers. short answer yes but it depends
Given recent Amazon outage the CLOUD offers no advantage over rented rack space in city next to yours....
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> Given recent Amazon outage the CLOUD offers no advantage over rented rack space in city next to yours....

sure it does... Amazon and other cloud providers accumulated outage durations are nothing compared to what I experienced with rented space or colocations.

If business continuity is important, you can plan for it and have your applications spread across multiple availability zones for a fraction of the cost that you would need to spend in capital investments in rented space. I know a business that used an active-passive setup with multiple availability zones and they were back on the air in less than an hour. If you use load balancing in an active-active setup with multi regions you are not affected by such an outage.
RichardHansonAuthor Commented:
Thanks everyone for your comments, it sounds like it us definitely possible.

In the cloud, am I able to open firewall ports for my applications, or I'd I want to do that I'd be better with a managed service?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
you can do with both. Find a good partner to partner with.
RichardHansonAuthor Commented:
It did directly answer my question, but pointed me to a partner to work with rather than detailing how it could be done.
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