Dana Gardner

How Unisys and Microsoft team up to ease complex cloud adoption for governments and enterprises

Unisys and Microsoft team up

The path to cloud computing adoption persistently appears complex and risky to both government and enterprise IT leaders, recent surveys show.

This next BriefingsDirect managed cloud methodologies discussion explores how tackling complexity and security requirements upfront helps ease the adoption of cloud architectures. By combining managed services, security solutions, and hybrid cloud standardization, both public and private sector organizations are now making the cloud journey a steppingstone to larger business transformation success.

We’ll now explore how cloud-native apps and services modernization benefit from prebuilt solutions with embedded best practices and automation. To learn how, we welcome Raj Raman, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Cloud at Unisys, and Jerry Rhoads, Cloud Solutions Architect at Microsoft. The discussion is moderated by Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions.

Here are some excerpts:

Gardner: Raj, why are we still managing cloud adoption expectations around complexity and security? Why has it taken so long to make the path to cloud more smooth — and even routine?

Raman: Well, Dana, I spend quite a bit of time with our customers. A common theme we see — be it a government agency or a commercial customer – is that many of them are driven by organizational mandates and getting those organizational mandates in place often proves challenging, more so than what one thinks.

Cloud adoption challenges

The other part is that while Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure may be very easy to get on to, the question then becomes how do you scale up? They have to either figure out how to develop in-house capabilities or they look to a partner like Unisys to help them out.

Cloud security adoption continues to be a challenge because enterprises still try and wish to apply traditional security practices to the cloud. Having a security and risk posture on AWS or Azure means having a good understanding of the shared security model across user level, application and infrastructure layers of the cloud.

And last, but not least, a very clear mandate such as digital transformation or a specific initiative, where there is a core sponsor around it, oftentimes does ease the whole focus on some of these.

These are some of the reasons we see for cloud complexity. The applications transformation can also be quite arduous for many of our clients.

Gardner: Jerry, what are you seeing for helping organizations get cloud-ready? What best practices make for a smoother on-ramp?

Rhoads: One of the best practices beforehand is to determine what your endgame is going to look like. What is your overall cloud strategy going to look like?

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