Go Away – You’re Not Serious About The Cloud

Go Away – You’re Not Serious about the Cloud

Quit reading this. Move on. Your business has no chance of cloud prosperity. You’ve chosen to ignore several key tenets of successful integration into the cloud computing sphere, and you now find your business in an IT rut. Should you still continue to be reading this, pat yourself on the back. You’re at least willing to entertain the idea that your cloud acumen could improve. I’ll keep it simple. If you can’t shape up in at least one of these three vital areas to cloud success, you ought to ship out.

Have you embraced service-reverent architecture? Remember that cloud is, at is most elemental, an amalgam of services. Lacking a solid or well-refined strategy that considers how a company may grow into cloud computing can easily create a balloon in unneeded expenditures and services that mimic, rather than compliment, one another. It is worth investigating what Wikipedia describes as service-based architecture: the implementation of a system of services as the bedrock of a business endeavor that can adapt or streamline as needed. Within such architecture, cloud applications are selected based on their capacity to harmonize with the business’ fundamental identity, as well as on how well they synchronize with existent software.

Have you appointed a “cloud mastermind?” Every thriving business operates on some agreement of hierarchy, and this same insistence on leadership should inform a business’ cloud computing aspirations. A well vetted expert should be appointed with the responsibility of determining, for example, the expectations of cloud services, which of those services are purchased, and how the organization will go about bankrolling them. I would go so far as to describe such a professional as a “cloud mastermind.” But the judgment of this figure is not so clouded as to ignore a long-term perspective on cloud within the business. Cloud computing continues to exist cyclically. Healthy businesses regularly grow into and out of services, and any cloud mastermind worth her salt should develop a plan that accounts for a selection of, and a foreshadowing into, cloud-borne resources both today and a year (or two) from now.

Finally, how complex can you stand cloud computing to be? The previously rampant belief in the diametric opposition between public clouds and their private counterparts is now considered an old hat vestige of IT snob appeal. Few tech professionals in today’s landscape will profess an adherence to any one type of cloud, rather opting for a “cloud constellation” that encompasses many a computing system: public, private, hybrid, and independent service providers. A business in pursuit of reaping cloud’s benefits should sow the seeds of a plural cloud mentality at the outset, one that is personalized and adapted to that particular business’ needs. Failure to do so leaves a business susceptible to risks such as vendor/service entrapment, challenges in recalling data on demand, and struggles in scalability calibrated to the ebbs and flows of demand.

By Jeff Norman

Jeff Norman

Jeff Norman is a freelance writer currently based in New York City. He's moved into writing about cloud computing from substantial work in culture and the arts. He earned his undergraduate degree in English at Stanford and has studied at Oxford and Cambridge.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle+Share

2 Responses to Go Away – You’re Not Serious About The Cloud

  1. Resiliency in cloud computing infrastructure and investment that is made on the availability and continuity is the key to success in cloud. Organizations can make sure their cloud contracts cover costs to the business including data corruption. Interoperability and data portability can also be added for a better understanding between customer and provider.

  2. Resiliency in cloud computing infrastructure and investment that is made on the availability and continuity is the key to success in cloud. Organizations can make sure their cloud contracts cover costs to the business including data corruption. Interoperability and data portability can also be added for a better understanding between customer and provider.

Join Our Newsletter

Receive updates each week on news, tips, events, comics and much more...

Advertising Programs

Click To Find Out!

Sponsored Posts

Sponsored Posts

CloudTweaks has enjoyed a great relationship with many businesses, influencers and readers over the years, and it is one that we are interested in continuing. When we meet up with prospective clients, our intent is to establish a more solid relationship in which our clients invest in a campaign that consists of a number of

Popular

Top Viral Impact

Cloud Infographic: Most Used Cloud Apps

Cloud Infographic: Most Used Cloud Apps

Cloud app and analytics company, Netskope released its quarterly Cloud Report. The new report reveals that enterprise employees are using an average of 397 different cloud apps (most of which are unsanctioned), when IT estimated they have 40-50 — that’s a tenfold underestimation. Below is an infographic provided courtesy of the group at Netskope which goes into further detail.

Technology Advice Report: 2014 Business Intelligence Buying Trends

Technology Advice Report: 2014 Business Intelligence Buying Trends

Technology Advice Report: 2014 Business Intelligence Buying Trends For nearly every business, the concept of business intelligence is nothing new. Ambitious organizations have been searching for any type of data-driven advantage for some time now – perhaps for as long as they’ve existed. However, the historical use of competitive intelligence pales in comparison to the

Cloud Infographic – Cloud Computing And SMEs

Cloud Infographic – Cloud Computing And SMEs

Cloud Infographic – Cloud Computing And SMEs SMEs (Small/Medium Sized Enterprises) make up the bulk of businesses today. Most cloud based applications created today are geared toward the SME market. Accounting, Storage, Backup services are just a few of them. According to the European Commission, cloud based technology could help 80% of organisations reduce costs by

Can I Contribute To CloudTweaks?

Yes, much of our focus in 2015 will be on working with other influencers in a collaborative manner. If you're a technology influencer looking to collaborate long term with CloudTweaks – a globally recognized leader in cloud computing information – drop us an email with “tech influencer” in the subject line.

Please review the guidelines before applying.

Whitepapers

Top Research Assets

HP OpenStack® Technology Breaking the Enterprise Barrier

HP OpenStack® Technology Breaking the Enterprise Barrier

Explore how cloud computing is a solution to the problems facing data centers today and highlights the cutting-edge technology (including OpenStack cloud computing) that HP is bringing to the current stage. If you are a CTO, data center administrator, systems architect, or an IT professional looking for an enterprise-grade, hybrid delivery cloud computing solution that’s open,

Public Cloud Flexibility, Private Cloud Security

Public Cloud Flexibility, Private Cloud Security

Public Cloud Flexibility, Private Cloud Security Cloud applications are a priority for every business – the technology is flexible, easy-to-use, and offers compelling economic benefits to the enterprise. The challenge is that cloud applications increase the potential for corporate data to leak, raising compliance and security concerns for IT. A primary security concern facing organizations moving