At an increasing pace, organizations are now understanding the significance of cloud computing. SaaS has proven to be one of the topmost cloud growth segment and IaaS and PaaS are in the line following the prior one. Owing to its scalability and savings on cost, infrastructure and resources, Cloud Computing has become the most sought after technology and today, organizations blindly want to adapt it.
‘All that glitters is not gold’ as popularly said, cloud computing is no doubt, as rewarding as gold, but assuming that moving onto the cloud is a very easy task is surely bound to create hazards. It is not. There are certain significant considerations that need to be taken into account, before transferring yours system and information onto the cloud. We also need to think about the network infrastructure, WAN, internet connectivity matters, server dependencies and capacity planning.
In order to make your transition to the cloud a safe, secure and smart move, let me give you certain points to ponder on while doing the entire task. This is sure to wary you of any hurdles and hiccups along the way and hence, assure you of a smooth task execution.
There are umpteen cloud service providers in the IT market today. How to select, why to select and whom to select is the key question that must arise in the minds of the organization decision makers while moving onto the cloud.
Let us have a peek through what major considerations should be made before transition to the cloud:
• Type of Cloud – Public, Private or Hybrid
As per requirements, organizations need to decide on which type of cloud is best suited for their kind of setup. As we know, a Public cloud is meant for one and all. Best suited for applications which have most common usage, simplistic control, lesser security needs and less competitive. Then comes a hybrid model which is a merger of public as well as private cloud and a tint of dedicated hosting, with a defined mechanism to keep changing amongst the three as desired and as required. It offers the correct flexibility to fit the architecture rather than compulsorily fitting like the public cloud. Private cloud would be a completely private affair, which may not be viable in most cases.
• Thorough synchronization between Business Insights and Technology Moves
Beware! Don’t move onto the cloud only because everyone is. It is very vital for the organization stake holders to firstly and keenly observe if their business motives and objectives are in sync with the technology decisions or not. If they donot match, it is bound to create a havoc while it is implemented. We cannot risk our critical business peripheries for the sake of technology advancement, which some companies blindly do.
• Scrutiny of Security T & C
Since a cloud partnership is a deal between the solution provider and the organization adapting to it, it is significantly important that they both, mutually are aware and properly define the terms and conditions of roles and responsibilities that fall under each one’s category.
• Hope for the best, be prepared for the worst
As rightly said, we cannot assume success all the time, whenever any cloud transition is done. There are chances of occurrences of a failure due to certain unforeseen circumstances. In such cases, we need to be fully armed with a risk and mitigation strategy which will in turn, dilute the loss or harm caused due to the failure.
• Stage wise and careful transition of applications
In case of multiple applications moving to the cloud, it is imperative not to take all the applications at a time and have a proper shifting strategy in place, which defines which application and why should be moved to the cloud, in which order.