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Switch to the cloud

You or your client has decided to work in the cloud. Good, because there are many advantages, but how do you actually switch to the cloud? And what do you or your customer need think about?

 

Roadmap

The preparation

Before switching, it’s important to ask the following questions:

How much can be changed to the work processes or applications?

Software is used in your organisation. For example, for processing financial or customer data. If there already is a cloud variant for this software, also known as the SaaS variant, switching is often easy. If, however, it’s necessary to switch to completely different software or software has to be made, this means that data must be migrated and processes must be revised. It may also be necessary to train staff in using the new software.

How much time and effort can it take to switch?

The cloud has different layers, namely Infrastructure-as-a-service (Iaas), Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-service (SaaS). The higher building takes place in the layers, the more effort and costs are associated with this. IaaS is the bottom layer on which the other layers rest. If it is only necessary to switch to this layer, the time and effort will be limited. If software has to be developed for the SaaS layer, this will take considerably more time and effort.

Which laws and regulations apply to the organisation?

Is there a supervisory authority (Orde van Advocaten, DNB, Autoriteit Financiële Markten, etc.) that sets certain rules? Do you need/want to conclude a processor agreement with the cloud provider? How does the provider comply with the extra-legal obligations regarding data security? Do they have the necessary certificates?

It’s important to know what your organisation needs to comply with, before you decide where to store your data and how that happens. For example, there are large service providers that work with data centres all over the world, but legislation can state that your data may only be stored in the Netherlands or the EU. A party like Fundaments is a better choice, since we only work with data centres in our own country.

After answering these questions, you will get a good idea of ​​what your cloud should look like. Based on this you can then determine which building blocks are needed and which parties are best suited. This is often a collaboration between different service providers. Fundaments is the party that provides the stable basis. How we do this you can read here.

Migration

If the requirements and needs for the cloud are known and the right service provider(s) is chosen, it’s time for migration. First, it has to be determined how this migration will take place. Can a logical step-by-step plan be followed? Can certain applications be provided in a different way so migration can take place gradually? In short, a plan-of-approach is developed and migration is set in motion. After the (test)migration, there’s one more thing to do. Testing scenarios as they were conceived. Does the (external) backup really work? Does the organisation know the procedures? Does the authorisation matrix work as desired? Yes?! Congratulations, you can now work in the cloud. If the answer is no, we’ll work on it until it’s all working as it should.

Is that it? Yes, it can be that easy. With a good plan and the right service provider migrating (NL) doesn’t have to be very complicated. By using software that has been specially developed for this purpose, Fundaments can ensure that all your valuable data is securely transferred to the cloud.

Continue to evaluate

The switch has been made. Now it’s important to keep evaluating whether you are still using the right solution(s) for your organisation. After all, your organization is always on the move and to keep the cloud ‘perfect’, it’s wise to periodically check whether the cloud still meets all needs.

The evaluation can be done from the organisation, for example by system administrators. When cloud is used, system management is still necessary. The role only changes from purely technical and facility to a role that is more ‘within the organisation’. System management can ensure that the cloud permanently connects with the business processes. This can be done, for example, by visiting trade fairs and conferences, by speaking to colleagues, gathering information and talking to users and suppliers.

Together with our partners, Fundaments ensure that you or your customer can switch to the cloud in the best possible way. Would you like to know more? Please contact us.

Do you want to switch to the cloud?
A leap forward
“By using Fundaments’ platform and expertise we have made a leap forward as a company in professionalising our part of the chain.’’
Jeroen Mahler
Managing Director of CoBrowser
Excellent flexibility
“Fundaments’ excellent flexibility is also an important factor. The viewpoint of making sure something is fixed before talking about the invoice is very helpful to us.”
Jeroen Mahler
Managing Director of CoBrowser
Modern smart firewall
"We were looking for a solution that would help defend us against every possible vector attack. We really needed a modern, smart firewall and with the Fundaments Next Generation Redundant Firewall offer, based on Fortinet technology, we have got exactly what we wanted. It was a logical choice for us.”
Maarten Huijs
Engineer at Kempen Automatisering
Trusting a partner
"Sometimes specific knowledge is imperative and it isn’t always profitable to acquire this in-house. It’s great to be able to trust a partner who takes that worry away, who’s familiar with the subject and doesn’t immediately send an invoice for every little thing. This partner will have an ongoing conversation with you: what is it you need, how can we tackle this and find a solution? That’s what Fundaments does."
Richard Hagen of the Rolf group
Multiple physical locations
"If the customer wants to have their data stored in several physical locations in view of DR, this is possible. But whether it’s a customised option or well-planned standard options, the customer doesn’t have to worry about a thing. That’s the beauty of the new ways of BU and DR"
Michel Erkens and Alexander van Bruchem of Onguard
Good solution with less costs
“When you look at the connectivity costs, meaning the private connections, as a part of migrating to the cloud, where you no longer need your own hardware or maintenance, your insurance policy is reduced, the company’s energy expenditure goes down and other expenses become smaller, you will see that this is really a good solution.”
Jeroen Bruggeman
Enterprise Administrator at CNS-IT
Security is no.1
At Cobrowser they’ve noticed a huge difference in how companies deal with security. “There are companies who consider this not so important. It’s essential to us to find a partner who takes security seriously. That’s why we’ve chosen Fundaments. Security is a very natural element of our collaboration.”
Frank Leegstra
Director and security officer of CoBrowser
Time saving and significantly reduced down time
“We can now reduce the actual down time with a migration to minutes instead of hours. This means many advantages for our customers and that’s the most important thing. In addition, it saves time for our engineers.”
Harm Jan Stam
Technical Supervisor at Oxilion