Cloud solutions offer great potential for flexible and scalable infrastructure, which makes them a popular choice for universities and colleges. But many organisations migrate to the cloud without a clear understanding of how take-up might grow, how much data will be transferred and what their bandwidth requirements might be.
This matters because you need a solution that matches your organisation’s needs; one that doesn’t under or over-deliver so you can strike the right balance between connectivity performance and value for money.
Here’s a few things to think about:
Only buy what you need
If you need a path, buy a path. Don’t build a motorway in case you need it later.
Most members probably don't need a direct connection, at least for now. You might need a dedicated, purpose-built connection to your cloud provider in the future and, if you have a three-year strategy and you know what your data and bandwidth requirements look like over that time, you may even know when that will be.
In the first two or three years of a cloud project, most members will find the Janet Network provides enough (if you find you need something more purpose-built at a later date, we can offer that too).
Ensure a good user experience for everyone
Everyone should get a good experience, from the senior leadership team using Office 365 to students streaming tutorials.
Don’t tie yourselves down to multi-year contracts
However carefully you’ve planned your cloud strategy, you’ll understand your requirements more as you make progress.
Although the timescales on contracts seem to lend themselves to long-term commitments it’s usually better to hold back. Consider letting your strategy run and review it every other year.
Joined-up thinking means better value
Early joined-up thinking between research projects and university IT departments helps you get better deals and more value, especially if the IT department can collate the research needs of different groups so that they can make more efficient, common-sense decisions about how to approach provisioning.
Get advice from our experts
Don’t automatically assume that a direct connection to your cloud provider is the best way forward.
It’s worth talking to your Jisc account manager to discuss your needs and the benefits of different types of connectivity. They may then suggest a conversation with our cloud team (or you can email them directly at firstname.lastname@example.org) to explore a solution that offers you the best value.
- Read our quick guide to cloud computing, and explore our specialist cloud consultancy to help you define your cloud strategy, develop a roadmap for implementing it successfully and select the most appropriate platform
- Keep an eye on our connectivity page for information on how we can support purpose connections and support access and roaming services for staff, students and researchers
- Concerned about cyber security? We provide a suite of cyber security services to protect your networks and infrastructure
- Our vendor-agnostic purchasing frameworks can help you purchase exactly what you need, cost-effectively and with confidence that the legal due diligence has been done
- Our training pages offer a range of training programmes on connectivity issues and our cloud-based services
To start a conversation with us, please contact your account manager.