Is Your Network Cloud Ready?

Peter Welcher
Architect, Operations Technical Advisor

Is your network cloud ready? We at NetCraftsmen, a Cisco Gold Partner, are hearing this question more often.

In a blog just posted on Cisco’s site, we discuss why the cloud is important for your business, and then how to prepare your business for increasing use of private, public, and hybrid cloud. You’ll learn how to tell if your network is cloud ready, and how to get there if you’re not. Even if your organization already has a public cloud presence, you’ll find some ideas in this blog.

Click here to read the full blog posted on Cisco’s blog site.

It’s time to start getting your network, your security practices, your staff, and your organization Cloud Ready. Business reasons to use the cloud abound. You may not put your “crown jewels” in the cloud, but do take a look at how to leverage the cloud to reduce costs, speed development and deployment time, and offer better services to your staff and your customers.

Do reach out to Cisco or NetCraftsmen for a conversation about how you and your network can become Cloud Ready.

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Comments are welcome, both in agreement or informative disagreement with the above. Thanks in advance!

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Nick Kelly

Cybersecurity Engineer, Cisco

Nick has over 20 years of experience in Security Operations and Security Sales. He is an avid student of cybersecurity and regularly engages with the Infosec community at events like BSides, RVASec, Derbycon and more. The son of an FBI forensics director, Nick holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice and is one of Cisco’s Fire Jumper Elite members. When he’s not working, he writes cyberpunk and punches aliens on his Playstation.


Virgilio “BONG” dela Cruz Jr.

CCDP, CCNA V, CCNP, Cisco IPS Express Security for AM/EE
Field Solutions Architect, Tech Data

Virgilio “Bong” has sixteen years of professional experience in IT industry from academe, technical and customer support, pre-sales, post sales, project management, training and enablement. He has worked in Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) as a member of the WAN and LAN Switching team. Bong now works for Tech Data as the Field Solutions Architect with a focus on Cisco Security and holds a few Cisco certifications including Fire Jumper Elite.


John Cavanaugh

CCIE #1066, CCDE #20070002, CCAr
Chief Technology Officer, Practice Lead Security Services, NetCraftsmen

John is our CTO and the practice lead for a talented team of consultants focused on designing and delivering scalable and secure infrastructure solutions to customers across multiple industry verticals and technologies. Previously he has held several positions including Executive Director/Chief Architect for Global Network Services at JPMorgan Chase. In that capacity, he led a team managing network architecture and services.  Prior to his role at JPMorgan Chase, John was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco working across a number of verticals including Higher Education, Finance, Retail, Government, and Health Care.

He is an expert in working with groups to identify business needs, and align technology strategies to enable business strategies, building in agility and scalability to allow for future changes. John is experienced in the architecture and design of highly available, secure, network infrastructure and data centers, and has worked on projects worldwide. He has worked in both the business and regulatory environments for the design and deployment of complex IT infrastructures.