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Gauging Your Organization’s Cloud Aptitude

Gauging Your Organization’s Cloud Aptitude

Cloud computing: is it a cure-all for every technical vice that vexes how an organization manages its data? We at CloudTweaks obviously only answer this question in the affirmative. Though slightly marred by several wrinkles in its ease of use and trustworthiness, the cloud remains an indisputably worthwhile component of any IT-heavy operation. Nevertheless, conducting a thorough aptitude assessment can provide an organization with unique reassurance that cloud computing can dovetail attractively with their aims. Launch such an assessment by considering some of the following questions on cloud’s potential for you.

Is a complete relocation to the cloud worth the hassle and initial financial expense to start?

There’s no other way around it — transitioning from a traditional data management system to one run via the cloud primarily will feel like a discombobulation at first. You can expect the most difficulty in transitioning those hardware and software components that are the most complex and the most integral to your data’s foundation. Yet this hassle is validated by reduced costs to how you manage your data and OS. You can expect to see substantially lessened cost in software and hardware, naturally, but also in costs of labor as well. The monetary advantage of the switch ultimately overshadows the interruption required to make a successful switch.

What needs for quickness and space would your organization face in the cloud?

Unfortunately, creating virtual versions of several applications for use via the cloud remains impossible, as their hardware makeup (and operating speed requirements) prevents such a transition. Transferring these applications to cloud would not be feasible, and it might actually be worth considering remaining localized should managing your organization’s latency be a priority. Instead of endeavoring to relocate an entire operating system to the cloud, you may instead consider cherry-pick cloud services to accent the system, such as selecting your least-risk applications as candidates for a virtualization switch.

Should security concerns halt an effort to enter the cloud?

Firstly, you must remember that data protection begins with human surveillance; the choice of what data to place in the cloud, or anywhere online for that matter, must be carefully weighed. Moving into the cloud requires a tacit agreement with a relinquishing of 100%, watertight control over your data, as cloud computing (like almost every computing option) is by no means foolproof. If you consider your data to be especially sensitive, perhaps a complete transition into cloud should be conducted with baby steps and deliberation before each move.

By Jeff Norman

About 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.