Are you are planning a new cloud deployment, or a move from your data center, colo or managed hosting environment to a public, private, or hybrid cloud?

If you are, then assessing and selecting the right cloud provider is one of the most strategic decisions that you will undertake.

Decision-makers often suffer from confusion over key questions about the true cost, risk, and total economic impact of moving their core applications to the cloud.

Cloud Optimization and Migration provides an objective third-party process and toolset for creating the definitive business case for moving app workloads to an enterprise cloud.  It supports multi-supplier and hybrid deployment scenarios.  The end result is alignment on cost and TCO transparency for business and IT decision makers.

Cloud Optimization and Migration

The solution addresses managed, as well as unmanaged, and “shadow IT” workloads.  It enables buyers to adopt a multi-supplier, best-fit approach for applications.  Such an approach offers buyers a wide range of service provider options, thus ensuring optimal deployment efficiencies.  Enterprises are afforded the freedom to place workloads on cloud infrastructures with the greatest efficiency and least risk, while leveraging best-of-breed managed services and tools for a single point of control for their application life cycles.

Are Your Decisions Fact-based?

There are a large number of critical business and technology factors that IT must weigh before moving workloads to the cloud.  Examples include which workloads are tied to end-of-life platforms, the impact of re-platforming older UNIX-based systems to Linux, and open-computing technologies.
The myriad of decision criteria can seem overwhelming.  Buyer confusion leads to indecision.  Importantly, non-IT decision makers become susceptible to cloud service-provider sales pitches and evidence, then leading to poor decision making.
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Questions You Should Be Asking

Once technical criteria concerning the feasibility and impact of moving workloads are identified, a broader set of business/economic and operational questions will arise:

– The primary question for many companies will be “public cloud” versus “private cloud.”  Will one offer the same scalability and flexibility as the other?

– What aspect of a cloud deployment should be managed internally or taken on by a managed cloud partner?

– What operational, cultural, service-level issues and risks will the client encounter as a result of a move, and what are the best ways to address and mitigate these?

– What are the total economic impact and TCO implications of a move—for specific applications, for a range of applications?

– Which cloud service provider or managed cloud partner offers the best SLAs, performance, risk profile, and cost benefits?

Business and IT executives need an objective, data-driven process to properly guide decision-making.

The process needs to take into account the business, technology, organizational, and operational requirements that are unique to the client organization.  Its outcomes need to provide decision support data that business and IT teams can use to collaborate and reach rapid consensus.

Cloud Optimization and Migration application-centric approach to assessing the operational and TCO implications of moving to a cloud deployment model is the best practice in virtually all cases.

Built on RampRate’s industry-leading SPY Index™, the solution provides an objective planning and decision-making process and toolset that is predicated on accurate and timely supplier data.

The solution takes into account the myriad of decision criteria and parameters that most enterprises are challenged by managing with spreadsheets, third-party methodologies, and an assortment data sources and tools.

RampRate’s Cloud Optimization and Migration solution puts the facts at your fingertips and enables you to make critical cloud deployment decisions with complete precision.

Our Clients


Blizzard Entertainment“RampRate has been my most reliable global resource and is ready to perform for us at a moment’s notice. Their inside knowledge and ability to handle high-level complex negotiations helped us move fast! They made scaling easier.”

Paul Sams, COO, Blizzard Entertainment

 Phil Wiser, CTO Hearst, formerly of Sony and Liquid Audio“For over a dozen years, RampRate helped my companies understand the differences between suppliers and worked with us to create the methodology, define the metrics and utilize the proper QoS tools needed to choose the supplier best suited to our needs or restructuring through tailoring solutions. RampRate knows this business better than anyone. We literally saved months of time and optimized our infrastructure spend time and time again. They saved us millions, created agility and new budget out of thin air.” We use them to source or renegotiate cloud, CDN, data center, telecom, software, and strategic initiatives.

Phil Wiser, CTO Hearst, formerly of Sony and Liquid Audio

eBay“I knew I was leaving a bit on the table in our outsourced contracts. But the corporate mandate is growth and innovation, and when further contract improvement seemed to be marginal, my team’s first priorities had to move elsewhere. We can count on RampRate to be precise, timely and create millions in value.”

Dean Nelson, Vice President of Global Foundation Services, eBay

Accenture“I have had the pleasure of working with the crew at RampRate several times. Each time they have saved significant time in negotiating and closing contracts for data center space, telecom and managed services, which provided at least 20% savings over what we could have done alone and certainly cut processes in half. Tony and team are extremely knowledgeable in this space and always bring innovation and out-of-the-box thinking to the table.” 

Michael Montalto, Accenture

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