Architecte Technologies at Intact Financial Corporation
26 July 20
The licensing, as I understand it, isn't too much, as we're working end to end with Cisco. We have an SLA in place that provides us good pricing and they want us to keep our contracts with them. That said, I don't know the exact cost structure of this solution.
Sorry for the late reply.
TCO is important, but you have to review more than just cost, here is a short list:
What are the advantages moving to Cloud Computing? Will the move help our business?
Will the cloud migration be cost efficient?
Can I reduce the number of servers by moving to the cloud?
What will be our storage requirements on day 1 vs 1 year, 2 year, etc?
How will we perform backup and recovery of the envirnoment during and after the move?
How will we access company information during and after the move?
What Security in the Cloud will be required?
How will we limit Data Attacks / Hacking? Is our data shared with other clients?
We moved 120 servers in 6 months time frame. Some of the servers required zero down time, while others required 48 hours. So the the most important aspect for us was a couple things, one - will the move help improve our business and reduce our expenses; two - how are we going to function after the move?. The first one is simple, but very important. While the second one seems easy to answer, but there are some gotchas! Printing, simple yet very demanding...you print from your office now and pick up the paper just like clock work, then you move and there is a 2 min delay in the print jobs...true story. We had very large print jobs that were overlooked by the analysis team and nobody paid attention to the fact that several workers were printing these large documents. This also goes for CAD systems, video editing, etc.
So, pay attention to the big things, but don't stop there, complete your analysis of the entire business as a whole and idenitfy single points of failures, items that impact the business, special case scenerios, etc.
All in all, do your homework and the migration will go on with little impact to the business.