Aravind Kumar Ramaiah Kothandaramaiah, Shivpalsinh Rana and Marcin Czernicki from the Accenture Google Cloud Business Group (AGBG) in Austria, Switzerland and Germany (ASG) explain why a solid Cloud Landing Zone (CLZ) is key to a successful Cloud Journey. They also set forth how AGBG ASG guides customers to the right setup with a variety of constantly improved core assets.
In military terminology, a Landing Zone is an infrastructure where the aircrafts can land safely. Similarly, a Cloud Landing Zone (CLZ) – often also referred to as Cloud Foundation – is a baseline foundation which provides a secure, flexible, and pre-configured environment to host and deploy cloud services based on best practices. Generally speaking, a CLZ is the first infrastructure to be built when starting a cloud migration/adoption or implementing services in the cloud.
Every organization is different and has different needs and priorities. Hence, there is no CLZ that fits all. But a well-designed and strategically executed landing zone is the next best thing, providing an organization template for deploying workloads into the cloud. A CLZ typically includes building blocks such as Networking, Security & Compliance, Monitoring, Identity & Access Management (IAM) and Billing. Once set up properly, it enables developers to focus more on creating added value without worrying about infrastructure.
As a focus initiatives of our incubator program and central element of our Enterprise Cloud Services offering, the aim of the CLZ initiative is to constantly improve our expertise in building landing zones on the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) by bringing in best practices, blueprints such as project plans, build sheets, terraform modules, test suites, how-to-guides and more. Based on our experience from customer projects, we have defined five core assets that play an important role in almost every CLZ scenario:
Whether a client is already cloud-savvy, on the way to the cloud or only at the beginning of his journey – CLZ with AGBG ASG based on Google’s best practices offers plenty of flexibility to pick a customer up in his current situation and make sure that the journey continues smoothly and rapidly. In addition to the clean CLZ configuration enabling automation and repeated use of GCP projects, AGBG ASG also takes care of project management and implementation.
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