Computers: Is Your Business Ready To Reach For The Cloud

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Data storage and management can be a problem for many organisations running out of room on their computer systems, and an increasing number have shifted all their assets up to the cloud. Other reasons given for the move, other than lack of computer storage space, are security, disaster recovery and flexibility. But is it wise to join the migration and take such a big step before considering all the implications of such a move, perhaps before your business is ready?

Check Your Data; Ask Why You Want to Move

You could be moving to the cloud because everyone else seems to be doing it, but it’s better to base any decisions on such a migration on your actual financial situation.  Also, it’s crucial that you know what you have in your computer system’s data centre because it’s of immense value to see and account for all your workloads and work out how they will be assigned in the cloud. Make a checklist before you decide what you need to move and what can be left in-house.

Assessing what you have stored in your data centres can help you keep tabs on the number of servers you have. Believe it or not, there are companies who have no idea how many servers they’re paying for, and this can cause costs to rise to huge amounts, some have reported $50,000 a month.

It’s important that your cloud strategy is flexible and that it serves your growing data needs. The tech support teams in your organisation have to balance compatibility, performance, interoperability and compliance, and then decide which applications would be best in the cloud

Then What?

When you have the basic requirements in hand, such as benchmarking, visibility and baselining, the next step is how to go get your data to the cloud. It probably isn’t really efficient for example, to just lob everything on to Amazon AWSc if you’re shifting all your data from one place to another. Most suggest the best way to migrate is to begin checking out ‘application-specific’ workloads and establish whether or not they are able to be lodged in the cloud.

Back-office work such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) moved to the cloud would allow them to be coordinated with regard to the cost per month of each employee. Be aware, though, without careful evaluation you risk huge disruptions to your business and loss in profits by shifting applications developed in-house, or customer-facing products, to the cloud.

An example of an application better moved to the cloud is email; for a very low cost per staff member per month, rather than running an expensive in-house server, an enterprise can easily move its email server to the cloud and save money.

What About the Cloud Provider?

The expertise of the provider you choose is as important as assessing your IT ecosystem to decide which workloads to move to the cloud. Being able to monitor and measure, procure and deploy your IT assets through a web browser is the aim, so with a wide-ranging Data Centre Management (DCM) platform this is possible. You can access the metrics and analytical data necessary to make educated decisions and comprehend the cost savings.

The Big Three:

Flexibility

When it comes to flexibility, tailored applications that are reliable and run steadily without disruptions are the main requirements by users of IT, and to live up to expectations, enterprises need flexible structures with the ability to scale up or down as needed during times of seasonal business affairs. This saves costs by downgrading when needed. 

Security: 

For 2017, security has been the most important priority for operations and infrastructure. Companies are increasingly considering the cloud to help with the protection and management of their valuable data. More are taking advantage of hybrid clouds in which teams can mix the flexibility of a cloud with the security of having in-house infrastructure. 

Disaster Recovery:

There has been a significant increase in the take-up of cloud-based disaster recovery over the past two years and it’s estimated the uptake will continue to add to or replace their computer disaster recovery systems. Growing global organisations with remote offices and branches need to protect their computer systems with faster recovery, lower operating costs and better security offered by cloud technology.

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