“cloud computing gives start-ups and small to mid-sized businesses access to enterprise grade IT technology”
But the cloud is not a “one size fits all” solution. And also, cloud services are paid for, and if cloud adoption is not properly managed, start up’s and small businesses run the risk of buying services they don’t need (yet). More established businesses, those with an on-site IT infrastructure and who are planning a move to the cloud, need to plan this transition properly, or run the risk of transitioning core business related data and client sensitive information to an untried and possibly non-compliant platform.
What are the benefits of using of cloud services?
Start ups benefit because they do not have to capitalize a server, on site storage hardware and backup services.
Further savings are achieved by leveraging cloud facilities such as “software as a service” (SAAS), enabling them to use and pay for application software only when they need it.
- IT costs are confined to the purchase of on-site desktop computers, the local LAN and internet breakout.
Established businesses benefit by not having to re-invest in data center hardware, and software technology that is at end of life.
⇒ However, migrating an established business to the cloud has to be done in a strategic and methodical manner:
- Existing enterprise applications have to be thoroughly assessed to determine which workloads and information bundles can benefit most from early migration to the cloud.
- The level of service provided in the cloud environment must at least be comparable to the service provided by the business’s traditional IT environment.
Failure to properly migrate applications to the cloud could ultimately result in higher costs and potential loss of business, thus cancelling any of the potential benefits of cloud computing.
So how can businesses transition to the cloud with the minimum of risk?
- By adopting a Hybrid Cloud Solution.
Simply put, in a hybrid cloud environment, core high-risk data and applications are retained on in-house servers, or in the “private cloud”.
Low risk information and information that needs to be easily accessed by the mobile workforce while in the field, can safely be put into the “public cloud” as part of an early migration package and to test the cloud infrastructure.
The private and public clouds communicate, with the public cloud being constantly updated with information from the in-house data center.
How can SortedIT help organizations adopt cloud technology and migrate to the cloud?
We adopt the following integration roadmap:
- Assess your Applications and Workloads;
- Build the Business Case;
- Develop the Technical Approach;
- Adopt a Hybrid Integration Model;
- Address Security and Privacy Requirements;
- Manage the Migration.