Cloud

We act for the whole of UK education and research to bring you competitive cloud solutions, through a range of frameworks together with consultancy to help you achieve your strategic goals.

Cloud provides an environment for scalable agile technology innovation. To implement cloud successfully you need to resolve complexities relating to security, legal, cost, capability and service assurance.

We can work with you at any stage of your journey, enabling you to formulate your objectives and support your transformation journey through our proven six-step plan. 

Consultancy

Our consultancy service can support you to understand your priorities and develop your digital strategy.

Cloud professional services

With constantly changing market dynamics, we can help you make informed choices. As your trusted partner, we take a vendor-agnostic approach to help you find the most secure and optimised cloud environment to meet your needs.

Alternatively, you may have already migrated services in the appropriate cloud environment but aren’t getting the performance or cost benefits you expected. We can act as a critical friend to help you asses and optimise your setup.

Our range of cloud professional services includes:

  • Microsoft 365 migration – Office 365, Teams, SharePoint, Exchange, PowerBI, PowerApps, telephony, mobility
  • Cloud platforms and applications: Microsoft 365, Azure, AWS
  • Cloud migration – re-host existing infrastructure
  • Cloud design and deployment – greenfield and/or re-architect/re-platform existing applications
  • Cloud application development
  • Optimisation services: cloud architectural review, software asset management as a service

Contact the cloud team to get started.

Cloud managed services

Moving and managing your IT infrastructure into the cloud can be time-consuming and complex. Choosing the right IaaS (infrastructure as a service) solution is key to delivering your cloud strategy and we are here to support you every step of the way.

Depending on your personal IT needs, cloud managed services can also support monitoring and reporting, performance testing, backup and recovery.

Our range of managed services includes:

  • Managed Azure
  • Managed AWS
  • Managed Microsoft 365
  • Managed database
  • Managed cloud application
  • Full management of the relevant environment
  • Contact via online portal, telephone and email for both support and guidance
  • Full management of a cloud only tenant or integration with an existing Active Directory for hybrid user identities
  • End-to-end user administration

Contact the cloud team to get started.

Six steps to the cloud

Strategy

A cloud project relies on effective strategy. By understanding high-level objectives, you can achieve clarity, and avoid falling into the old trap of ‘technology for technology’s sake’.

You may already have a good idea of how the cloud might help you. But you need to also consider how these benefits link to your organisation’s wider digital strategy.

How we can help

Our consultancy service can support you to understand your priorities and develop your digital strategy.

Discovery

With initial vision and objectives in place, it’s time to enter the discovery phase and build a picture of your current environment. This involves a range of steps including:

  • Understanding the needs and motivations of key stakeholders
  • Reviewing existing IT infrastructure and software
  • Understanding how you are using existing resource

How we can help

We can work with you to understand stakeholder needs – the cloud team can signpost you to a range of related services to enable you to assess your readiness and review your estate.

Approach

Having built a picture of your environment, it can now be analysed in detail to formulate your approach to cloud deployment.

At Jisc, we recommend identifying the quick wins and starting those first; these successful early wins can help build an appetite and support for wider use of cloud within your organisation.

How we can help

Our team of cloud experts have vast experience in planning cloud implementations and can support you to identify the quick wins and map out your approach to cloud.

Plan

It’s often said that the ‘devil is in the detail’. With quick wins identified and an outline in place, it’s time to move on to more detailed project design and management. At this stage what needs to be done and by when will be clarified, with essential risk planning included.

How we can help

As part of our strategy and roadmap service, we can work with you to create a detailed implementation plan. This includes key milestones and risk mitigation.

Implement

At last, it’s time to make your plan a reality. But remember that few IT projects turn out as you envisaged at the start – at Jisc we continuously test and review during the implementation to ensure a seamless transition.

How we can help

Our consultants, architects and engineers can support you implement cloud projects and become more agile as an organisation.

Optimise and support

One of the benefits of moving to the cloud is the vast range of technologies and services now at your disposal. At Jisc, we can periodically review your environments with you and identify new areas for innovation.

How we can help

Our cloud team can keep you informed about the relevant updates from your chosen provider, identify ways in which these could be used to benefit your organisation, and provide ongoing support.

Get started with cloud

Speak to the team to find out more

Contact the cloud team