CLOUDTWEAKS CONTRIBUTOR PROGRAM

Join the CloudTweaks thought leadership contributor program which includes a customized profile, branded identity page, newsletter marketing, social amplification and more...

The program is currently available to consultants, influencers or executive level contributors.

Sarah Patrick_Headshot

3 Considerations To Help Businesses Navigate Cloud Implementation

Cloud Implementation

Cloud computing technology has improved significantly in the past year, making it an appealing tool for businesses of all sizes. Cloud computing can benefit businesses in many ways, from cutting costs, to increasing business efficiency, to guaranteeing data recovery in case of an accident. In fact, 47 percent of medium and large enterprises say increased efficiency is the main benefit of cloud computing, according to a new survey data on enterprise cloud computing.

service_providers_-_enterprise_cloud_computing_2

What common mistakes should companies be aware of as they begin the migration process? What steps should they take when implementing cloud infrastructure?

Moving to the Cloud can be complicated. Not all data, applications, and files are suited for cloud storage and security issues may arise if proper safeguards are not implemented properly.

cloud-image-migration

(Image Source: Shutterstock)

Some common cloud implementation mistakes include,

  • Solely relying on in-house resources
  • Selecting a cloud service provider that does not meet you company’s needs
  • Starting off with a complex cloud solution before acquiring the necessary knowledge and resources to maintain and secure the system properly

Three crucial considerations will help businesses navigate these mistakes as they prepare to adopt cloud infrastructure.

1. Determine Business’ Cloud Computing Needs and Goals

Before adopting a new technology, the crucial question to ask is, “How can it meet the company’s needs?

These considerations require evaluating the following:

  • Type and breadth of data a company needs to store
  • Tasks they need to accomplish
  • Level of security and privacy they need to maintain
  • Standards and regulations to which they need to be compliant
  • Features they need to ensure quality performance and enhanced business function.

For example, if a company is choosing between the big four cloud providers – Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, and IBM Cloud – AWS may stand out because of its reputation as the cloud computing service that dominates the market. However, if the company already uses Microsoft applications, Azure may be the better choice.

The most popular cloud vendor is Amazon. They are ahead of the game because they offer services that are easy to implement and use. Then, Microsoft Azure and Google follow Amazon. … But, if a company or enterprise is attached to Microsoft products, then Microsoft Azure may be a better fit for them. It depends on the company’s requirements.” – Jose Alvarez, director of IT infrastructure, Auxis

2. Choose A Cloud Solution that Meets Your Company’s Needs

The three cloud systems, public, private, and hybrid, have advantages and disadvantages. Before adopting cloud infrastructure, it is important for businesses to understand the similarities and differences of each cloud solution in order to select the type that is most appropriate for their business goals.

First, the public cloud provides resources publicly over the Internet. While data scalability and price flexibility are key advantages of this cloud solution, a business that does not know how to monitor data security risks security breaches.

Data Breach Comic

Second, private cloud solutions service a single company and are managed in-house by the IT department. The main advantage of the private cloud is the high level of security it offers. Businesses are responsible for the infrastructure. However, maintaining a private cloud solution is more expensive and less flexible than the public cloud.

Third, hybrid cloud solutions combine characteristics from both public and private clouds. However, a business needs a knowledgeable IT staff on-hand to combat the complexities inherent in this solution.

3. Evaluate Knowledge and Resource Gaps in IT Department

Especially in the SMB market, cloud infrastructure adoption often slows due to a fear of the Cloud. One explanation for this fear is the lack of knowledge and resources available in-house to implement and maintain cloud solutions, according to David Amaya, a consultant at Cardinal Solutions.

Many [businesses] know just enough about the Cloud to be afraid of it and say, ‘I’m not touching that.’” – David Amaya

Another explanation highlights ever-present security and compliance concerns.

I see the challenge of cloud security as an educational issue. People have to understand and learn more about the Cloud to use it effectively.” – Randy Bias, vice president of technology at EMC

To ensure your IT department can confront this fear of the cloud head on, it is necessary to consider the following questions:

  • Does the company have a dedicated IT team in-house?
  • What roles will the IT team play after cloud infrastructure implementation?
  • What additional resources and training are needed to prepare the IT team for the transition?

Takeaways

Cloud computing opens up numerous opportunities for businesses, and the complexities inherent in adopting cloud infrastructure should not dissuade businesses from embracing this technology. Outlining business needs and goals, comparing these needs to the cloud solutions and services available, and determining the resources required to facilitate the transition are key to a successful and effective cloud implementation process.

By Sarah Patrick

Sarah Patrick

Sarah is an analyst at Clutch. As a member of the marketing team, she conducts research that aims to help consumers select agencies and firms and use IT services and software that enhance their business. Clutch is a Washington, DC-based research, reviews, and ratings platform for B2B. It identifies leading software and professional services firms that deliver results for their clients.

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud - Yahoo!!
The Lighter Side Of The Cloud - iPhone Anticipation
The Lighter Side Of The Cloud - Staff Notice Board
The Lighter Side Of The Cloud - Private Cloud
The Lighter Side Of The Cloud: Passing By
How prepared are you to overcome the misuse of AI

How prepared are you to overcome the misuse of AI

Overcome the Misuse of AI Have you ever considered that the AI system integrated into your organisation's computing infrastructure could ...
Four Cloud Security Mega Trends

Four Cloud Security Mega Trends

Cloud Security Trends Last year was a big year for the cloud. Cloud adoption continued to grow at a rapid ...
Ransomware Cyber-Attacks: Best Practices and Preventative Measures

Ransomware Cyber-Attacks: Best Practices and Preventative Measures

Ransomware Cyber-Attacks “WanaCrypt0r 2.0” or “WannaCry,” an unprecedented global ransomware cyber-attack recently hit over 200,000 banking institutions, hospitals, government agencies, ...
Why ‘Data Hoarding’ Increases Cybersecurity Risk

Why ‘Data Hoarding’ Increases Cybersecurity Risk

Data Hoarding The proliferation of data and constant growth of content saved on premise, in cloud storage, or a non-integrated ...
The UK Tech Sector: The Gender Gap

The UK Tech Sector: The Gender Gap

The Tech Sector Gender Gap In conversation with Co-Founder and Creative Director of North West Web Design Studio, MadeByShape Andy ...
David

Future Data Storage Needs Increasing At A Rate Of Nearly 25X By The Year 2021

The Future of Data Storage Data is everywhere. In the security industry, there are close to 300 million surveillance cameras ...
A Closer Look at the Hidden Costs of Collaboration Solutions

A Closer Look at the Hidden Costs of Collaboration Solutions

The Hidden Costs of Collaboration Solutions Collaboration technology is key to efficient communication and productivity for a dispersed and global ...
Data Vulnerability Tools

Data Vulnerability Tools

Provided is a list of popular data vulnerability tools to help your company keep an eye out for any security related exploits that you should be made aware of ...
The Developer’s Guide to Azure

The Developer’s Guide to Azure

Develop on a cloud platform designed for you. In this update of the Developer’s Guide to Azure, see how the comprehensive set of Azure app platform services fits your needs. Use it to navigate the architectural approaches and most common ...
Business Analytics Vs Data Science

Business Analytics Vs Data Science

Big Data Continues To Grow Big Data continues to be a much discussed topic of interest and for good reason.  According to a recent report from International Data Corporation (IDC), "worldwide revenues for big data and business analytics will grow ...
HTML5 Speed Test

HTML5 Speed Test

HTML5 SPEED TEST SERVICES There is no made-for-all solution when it comes to optimizing a website for speed, and while putting a cloud platform in place is a good start, every cloud startup should ensure that they have an optimization ...
12 WordPress Managed Hosting Services

12 WordPress Managed Hosting Services

WordPress Hosting Services WordPress hosting services has exploded in popularity as a blogging tool and content management system in recent years, and is now used by more than 23.3 percent (2018 Edit: 53%) of the top 10 million websites worldwide. Due ...
Network Management Software Buyer Guide 2018

Network Management Software Buyer Guide 2018

This concise data-driven report covers the Network Management software landscape, as of August 2018. he 24-page report includes: Market Overview - Top 10 Network Management products in 2018, User reviews and vendor size data, In-depth look at the Top 3 ...