What Is a Readiness Assessment?

A cloud readiness or migration assessment determines the capability and needs of an organization to migrate IT resources to the cloud. Cloud assessments can reduce costs and save time by preparing a cloud migration plan to ensure a streamlined process.

Blade's cloud assessments include five key steps: consultation, planning, implementation, training, and follow-up.

First, we consider your current systems, how they're operating, and what's missing. Then, we start designing your cloud based around what we found and what best fits your needs.

The design comes to life once we start planning out the project build and making sure all data and applications are set up for success. The cloud plan is then implemented with the highest level of skill and tested to make sure everything is working.

After the cloud is in place, we train your team and show the full capabilities of your new technology. We provide documentation, answer questions, and educate customers on the new systems.

Finally, we continue to follow-up after the implementation to make sure systems are still the most agile and elastic as they can be for your business after moving to the cloud.


Benefits of Blade’s Cloud Onboarding Services

Cloud operating & onboarding services from Blade provide several benefits to your business and technology. Increased protection, added value, and efficiencies are just a few. Learn more about the benefits below.


Determining Value of Cloud Computing for Business

Blade begins migration assessments by evaluating the storage and structure of your current network. We determine if moving to the cloud is the best choice for your business. In most cases, it's a good move to protect data, reduce investment costs, aid in disaster recovery, and improve flexibility. We also conduct cloud security and compliance assessments to ensure your new network is secure.

Providing the Best Resources, Tools & Framework

At Blade, we're technology experts, so we only use the most expert resources in cloud assessments and migration. Our professional services experts use the best readiness tools and frameworks when assessing and implementing a cloud solution.

Through detailed plans and education, we then use these resources to ensure your business and team is set up for success.


Aligning Business & Cloud Computing Strategies

Every business is different, and all clouds are built differently. At Blade, we take into account your business' objectives, strategies, and growth when considering cloud adoption.

It's important to create a cloud solution that meets the unique requirements of your business. Data security requirements, storage, and applications are all taken into consideration.


Questions to Ask When Moving to the Cloud

  • What cloud provider(s) best align with my organization's needs and goals?
  • What is the cost structure and how can I estimate my monthly cloud costs?
  • How will the migration process work and what resources will I need?
  • What security measures are in place to protect my data and applications?
  • How will I manage and monitor the performance and availability of my applications in the cloud?
  • How will I integrate existing on-premises infrastructure with the cloud environment?
  • What resources and tools are available to ensure compliance with relevant regulations and standards?
  • How will I ensure business continuity and disaster recovery in the cloud?
  • What support and service level agreements are offered by the cloud provider?
  • How will I manage access and identity for my users in the cloud?


Cloud Readiness Assessment Checklist

Businesses can ensure a smooth, successful cloud migration with the following attributes:


Clear Business Requirements

The business has a clear understanding of its goals, objectives, and operating model for moving to the cloud, and the potential benefits it seeks to achieve.

Technical Readiness

The business has evaluated its existing infrastructure and applications, and determined which can be easily moved to the cloud, which may need modification, and which should be replaced.

Security & Compliance

The business has assessed its security and compliance requirements and determined that they can be met in the cloud.

Budget & Cost

The business has evaluated the costs of migration, ongoing operation, and support, and has determined that the benefits of moving to the cloud outweigh the costs.

Organizational Culture

The business has assessed its organizational culture and determined that it is supportive of and ready for a move to the cloud.

Skills & Expertise

The business has identified the skills and expertise required to manage and support a cloud environment and has determined that they are available within the organization or can be acquired.

Service Level Agreements (SLAs)

The business has evaluated the quality of service offered by cloud providers and determined that their SLAs meet the organization’s requirements.



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Cloud Management

Cloud computing solutions are not “set it and forget it”; regular inspection, evaluation, and management can make or break a cloud solution. Blade offers managed cloud services, which allows our customers to have a more “hands-off” approach to their cloud solution.

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