ACA Conversation Questionnaire

As part of our first conversation it is very helpful to have some basic information to help guide the conversation towards your goals. We have less than 20 questions to learn the fundamentals of what is in place today and your desires from a business and technical perspective.




Company Name


Contact Name


Contact Email


Contact Phone


Partner Name






BUSINESS QUESTIONS


  1. Do you utilize any cost monitoring or recommendation engine tools for your current cloud environment?
  2. Do you have any revenue generating production applications running with your current cloud service provider?
    None       Minor       Some       Most       All
  3. Rank your business reasons for using your current cloud service provider? (1=Low 10=High)

        Price

        Agility

        Scale

        Ease of API

        Service Mix

        Development

  4. At what savings per month would cause you to Re-Deploy using expertly engineered solutions to more closely align your workloads with the right IaaS products and processes?
    10%-20%
    20%-30%
    30%-40%
    40%-50%


    50%-60%
    60%-70%
    over 70%
     


  5. How important is continuous recurring optimization of your workloads?
    Not Important       Little       Some       Very Important      
  6. Do you have a cloud related project to control costs?
    Yes       No      
  7. How do you determine which workloads are to run on your current cloud service provider versus build your own compute resources?(Select all that apply)
    IT Operations Decides
    IT & Finance Decides

    Developer Decides
    Controller / Procurement Decides

    IT Management Decides
    Reports

    IT Security Decides
    Just Grow Existing Usage



  8. How do you calculate the cost of running your applications/workload?
    Tag instances with application name and show back usage
    Have separate accounts by department or business unit and bill usage
    Measure the amount of instances & services allocated & billed per month
    Meter the amount of work actually done by the workloads
    Add all services & support charges plus our staff & licenses costs
    Other



  9. How do you know if your company is getting better or less efficient with your current cloud spend?
    Divide total cost per month by number of instances to get $/OS ratio
    Review amount of waste reduced
    Use purchase recommendations from trusted advisor or other cloud tool
    Use 3rd party consultants or platforms
    Compare the amount of work completed per total monthly spend
    Use software & automation platforms to produce reports with value ratios


  10. How do you approach the challenges of your current cloud service provider price changes?
    Estimate costs of running internally & compare to your current cloud service provider
    Manually do a spreadsheet of unit costs & compare to your current cloud service provider
    I don't know
    Nothing, just keep current cloud environment running
    Price out the options of spot, on-demand and reserved

TECHNICAL QUESTIONS


  1. Indicate level of performance tuning already completed on your current cloud services

            None            Minor           Standard       Intermediate     Advanced
    Xen Hypervisor     
    Linux Kernel
    Networking
    I/O
    Middleware
    Application

  2. Indicate the quantity of machines running during an average of 3 months?

    Compute Instances         Monthly Average Quantity        
     
      Monthly Peak Quantity
     
    Java Virtual Machines         Monthly Average Quantity        
     
      Monthly Peak Quantity
  3. Estimate the top instances used today from inventory report:

    Quantity Instance Type Main Purpose
     


    Purpose Description

    Non Production Web
    Non Production App
    Non Production DB
    Production Web
    Production App
    Production DB



  4. How do you decide which instance type is best to deploy an application onto?

    Best match RAM
    Best match CPU
    Best match Storage GB
    Best match by combination of RAM, CPU, Storage GB and Storage I/O
    Utilize standard benchmark for score comparison
    Utilize existing type for similarity
    Other


GOALS


  1. Please tell us which you prefer as the better outcome?
    Using the first row as an example, would you prefer a solution with a "high "value yet "low" complexity.

            High       Medium       Low         High       Medium       Low  
    Value                      Versus                 Complexity
    Price                      Versus                 Performance
    Performance                      Versus                 Quality
    Quality                      Versus                 Price
    Effectiveness                      Versus                 Quality
    Value                      Versus                 Performance
    Price                      Versus                 Effectiveness

    Please select one box per outcome on each row.
  2. Weigh the items that you need to achieve within the next 30-60 days:
    (1 is low and 10 is must achieve)

    Reduce or remove idle resources

    Reduce or stop over provisioning

    Better uptime

    Lower bills

    Have a more predictable or less variable monthly bill

    Better Performance

  3. Weigh the items that you need to achieve within the next 6 months:
    (1 is low and 10 is must achieve)

    Increase usage of current cloud service provider

    Move workload off your curretn cloud service provider to inHouse or other cloud

    Replatform or redeploy Applications using certified Professionals

    Get more value out of current cloud service provider offerings

    Better resiliency and uptime

    Better security

    Decrease usage of current cloud service provider

  4. Please select the desire to have a continuous optimization platform evaluate your current environments:
    Hourly       Weekly       Quarterly       Annually      

    Daily       Monthly       Semi Annual      
  5. Please share how you intend to achieve quality, value, performance and price optimization over the next 6 months (Select all that apply):
    Use internal certified professionals
    Hire consultants with certified professionals
    Use software solutions
    Use free software or tools
    Need a recommendation
  6. In order to run most efficiently and effectively which would you prefer (Select one):
    Buy & use two or more software tools
    Hire & train certified staff
    Utilize an intelligent infrastructure resource management platform

Please up-load the following files in order for us to complete our Micro Assessment based on your current cloud service provider:

CLOUD SERVICE PROVIDER OPTIONS


  • Usage Report for the last 3 months
  • Inventory Report for last 3 months
  • Billing reports for last 3 months

  • Usage Report for the last 3 months
  • Inventory Report for last 3 months
  • Billing reports for last 3 months

  • Usage Report for the last 3 months
  • Inventory Report for last 3 months
  • Billing reports for last 3 months

  • Usage Report for the last 3 months
  • Inventory Report for last 3 months
  • Billing reports for last 3 months

  • Usage Report for the last 3 months
  • Inventory Report for last 3 months
  • Billing reports for last 3 months

  • Usage Report for the last 3 months
  • Inventory Report for last 3 months
  • Billing reports for last 3 months