How To Accelerate The Cloud Adoption With Azure Landing Zones?

Cloud adoption may be extremely difficult to master. It carries with it a slew of new problems, complexity, and dangers that must be properly handled if the numerous benefits of cloud computing are to be realised.

Landing zones are a powerful tool for simplifying and de-risking cloud adoption. They provide developers with a pre-configured basis on which to build in the huge cloud ecosystem. In reality, they are the foundation of a quick, safe, and cost-effective cloud adoption plan, addressing possible difficulties early on to avoid problems later.

Let’s have a look at why Azure Landing Zones ought to be at the heart of Cloud Adoption

What is a Cloud Landing Zone?

Every organisation moving to or deploying in the cloud has unique requirements and goals, therefore there is no one-size-fits-all best practises template. A well-designed and strategically implemented landing zone, on the other hand, is the next best thing, serving as an organisational template for moving workloads to the cloud.

Put simply, ‘A configured environment with a common set of secured cloud infrastructure, rules, best practises, guidelines, and centrally managed services.’ Customers may use this to rapidly set up a secure, multi-account Cloud environment based on industry best practices. Setting up a multi-account environment can take a substantial amount of time due to the configuration of many accounts and services, which necessitates a thorough grasp of cloud provider services (AWS/GCP/Google).

This solution can save time by automating the setup of an environment for running safe and scalable workloads while establishing an initial security baseline through the establishment of basic accounts and resources.

Critical hygiene considerations, such as security and compliance, are built in, allowing developers to devote more time and attention to activities that provide value. When these foundations are in place, they may be allowed more freedom to explore the full potential of the cloud. Meanwhile, the total risk is decreased since landing zones serve as guardrails, preventing the environment from becoming an unmanageable, invisible, and costly entity that is impossible to govern.

Fundamentals of the Cloud Landing Zone:

Prior to deciding on a cloud provider (such as AWS, GCP, or Azure Cloud), it’s critical to weigh some fundamental factors, such as the following:

  1. Compliance & Security
    A landing zone enables you to manage security on a worldwide and account-by-account basis. Baseline security with proactive and detective controls. Landing zones enable the implementation of company-wide compliance and data residency regulations. Consistent architecture is used as part of this approach for concerns such as edge security, threat management, vulnerability management, and transmission security, among many others.

The Cloud Landing Zone’s benefits include the following:

  • Automated environment configuration

The Cloud Landing Zone’s Optimum Practices

  • Organizations Master Account: This is the root account that is responsible for provisioning and managing member accounts at the organisation level through Organizations Services.

Additionally, you can select the sort of connection you wish to utilise. By configuring networking patterns and integrating them with other data centres, you may implement a hybrid system or multi-cloud adoption.

Baseline of Security:

  • Each account archiving logs in a centralised log archiving account.

Automation guarantees that your infrastructure is configured in a repeatable manner that may develop as your use evolves and your requirements rise.

Tagging resources can assist the client in a variety of ways, including cost analysis and optimisation.

The Life Cycle of a Cloud Landing Zone

Let’s discuss the various phases of a landing zone’s lifetime!

  • Design

In the field of software development, you will frequently hear the phrases.

“Day 0/Day 1” and “Day 2”

These terms relate to the many stages of a software’s lifecycle: from requirements and design (Day 0), to development and deployment (Day 1), and finally to operations (Day 2). We’re going to utilise this nomenclature to explain the phases of the landing zone lifecycle in this blog article.

Day 0: Landing Zone Design

Landing zones, as the starting point of your cloud journey and a critical component of your cloud environment, should be carefully thought out and strategized — particularly with Day 1 and Day 2 in mind. Let us expand on the four factors that a well-designed cloud landing zone should consider:

  • Security and Compliance: Consolidate your approach to security, monitoring, and logging. Landing zones can be used to create company-wide compliance and data residency requirements, for example. In this manner, you can assure compliance on a fundamental level across numerous tenants or settings.

Day 1: Landing Zone Deployment

On Day 1, the landing zone is customised and deployed according to the design and specifications established on Day 0. Each public cloud service provider approaches the landing zone idea differently.

Consider the following three major CSPs:

  • Microsoft Azure: The Cloud Adoption Framework, a component of Microsoft’s public cloud platform, incorporates the idea of landing zones. Azure blueprints are a critical tool: Within Azure, you may select and build migration landing zone blueprints for configuring your cloud environments. Alternatively, you may make use of third-party services such as terraform.

Day 2: Landing Zone Operations

Cloud infrastructures and their associated usage patterns are never constant. This requires continual work to maintain and operate the underlying landing zones.

It is a continuous endeavour to improve how you manage and run landing zones. The operations workstream’s aim is to assess your existing operational model and design a strategy for operations integration that will enable future-state operational models when you migrate to the cloud. Infrastructure-as-Code is used to guarantee that your settings are handled consistently, developing through DevOps practises and tools. Additionally, we leverage several logging technologies. Using Cloud provider services or technologies to implement different backup and patching procedures. Disaster recovery planning and design are critical components of ensuring the infrastructure’s high availability.

Three ways that landing zones facilitate cloud adoption are as follows:

  1. Landing zones assist teams in realising the benefits of cloud computing.

By centralising and automating administrative duties and heavy lifting, landing zones assist teams in realising the benefits of cloud computing. This enables the cloud’s broader benefits — such as agility, scalability, and simpler deployment — to be realised sooner. When application teams are relieved of platform administration responsibilities, they can devote their time and skills to activities that add value to the client.

  1. They contribute to the overall security of the cloud environment.

They increase the overall security of the cloud environment by establishing a centralised security baseline for all implementations. The setup of the landing zone should adhere to the cloud provider’s well-architected security standards, as well as any industry- or organization-specific needs. This provides application teams with the confidence and freedom to develop while being secure.

  1. They may be utilised to include a cost-effective strategy.

Finally, they may be utilised to institutionalise a cost-effective strategy through cost management consolidation. With technologies like CloudCheckr may help you save money on cloud computing operations. These may be linked with landing zones created with the assistance of third-party vendors such as AWS Control Tower.

Platingnum’s perspective on Landing Zones

Platingnum‘s perspective on the landing zone idea is as follows: we support native tools supplied by many cloud platforms and suppliers. In this manner, we assure seamless integration of current operational capabilities and make the most of each platform’s most powerful and well-integrated tools. Generally, this technology adheres to an infrastructure-as-code paradigm, which fits well with platingnum’s approach to multi-cloud orchestration. Contact us now and get a consultation.

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