Moving Your Enterprise Apps
Whether it be enterprise apps or any other, if there is any heavy data that is going to be transacted in and through an app, then affiliating it with the Cloud becomes a must. And then an important question arises: How do you decide when to integrate your enterprise app with the Cloud and when not to?
According to IDG’s Cloud Computing Survey, 69% of businesses have migrated at least one application to the cloud infrastructure (2014) and 18% have migration plans.
The reasons why most companies want at least one of their apps to be migrated to the Cloud are low cost, low maintenance responsibility, less infrastructural expenses and lots of free space for their data. Some business managers even choose to do so just because it is the current trend and everyone else is doing it. But are these the right reasons to make this decision?
One must remember that, after all, the apps that are being considered are business apps. They have been built with a goal to aid companies in whichever way they could. So whether to affiliate the enterprise app to the Cloud should not be a decision made by looking at personal aspects, casually. This decision should be a business decision guided by the factors that affect the company.
Another important point to consider is How serious is the situation?
International Data Corporation (IDC) estimates that IaaS market has already reached $56.6 billion by the end of 2014 and will grow to $127 billion by 2018. This growth, as mentioned above, may be driven by the wrong causes or reasons. Most businesses skip the most integral parts of making a decision: research, analysis, and discussion. Especially in the case of Cloud Integration, most people just assume it to be the right decision and go for it.
So what points should be taken into consideration while making the business decision of integrating an enterprise app with the Cloud?
The reasons and considerations could vary from business to business and are completely dependent on the particular business needs. Here are few of the most relevant points.
- Scale your server requirements depending on the business logic: If your app has a lot of data that needs to be saved, then integrating it with the Cloud is appropriate. An additional important advantage to this is that you can reset the settings and increase or decrease the server’s load-bearing capacity according to the needs of the hour. Even new servers can be brought up in just a few minutes. This saves time and money when sudden changes occur in the incoming or outgoing flow of data.
- Security as a service: Usually companies apply a single sign-on process to give access to the data to all employees. This might prove to be a disastrous situation in certain scenarios. On the Cloud, you can add security for every app by requiring a separate access for each employee to access the data, making security identity centric. Management can then decide what access should be given to whom, based on an employee’s credibility, reliability, position and needs.
- Prioritize servers to be virtualized: Examining the CPU utilization can be a way to get it prioritized. For example, any server that operates at higher levels compared to others and handles important functionality, and should never go down, can be virtualized. This frees up the physical server, thereby avoiding any crashes that may happen in the future due to heavy data.
- Real-time data feeds: This is one of the biggest advantages of integrating apps with the Cloud. It is plausible for there to be an interaction between the Cloud, where the data is being curated to, and the devices (smartphones) where the data is being downloaded, uploaded or edited. There is no requirement for an external device and no time is wasted getting the data first and then working on it. It is much like switching from CDs to Spotify, Pandora, etc. for listening to songs of your choice.
More and more enterprise apps are getting affiliated to the Cloud, which opens up space for security, growth and extensive data. Even as the Cloud has been a part of an enterprise app’s growth, there is still a lot to be learnt from this technological development. With the piling up of experience in Cloud integration, soon newer ways of using it and growing through it will be developed to change the way businesses compete with each other through enterprise apps.
Let’s hope that moving your enterprise apps to the Cloud is efficient and effective for your business.
By Rakesh Patel