Posted by Paul Anderson
How to Avoid the Mistakes in Planning Cloud Strategy
Cloud has opened new opportunities for organizations to tap into resource pool to create an efficient and dynamic IT model. Adoption of cloud has helped them in reducing expenses on maintaining and managing a complex volume of hardware and network. The infrastructure requirements now can be outsourced to a third-party, multitenant environment where the enterprise can host its data and applications. Organizations now can acquire server spaces, create storage and backup modules, and more, automatically and can also adjust resource usage according to their fluctuating demand.
Software can also be delivered on internet by hosting them on cloud space. Cloud based software developer hosts his application on a virtual space from where it can be accessed by millions of users or deployed to any thin client environment. However, everyone will define ‘cloud’ in different ways.
The definition of it varies with one’s perception regarding it. Even the most experienced IT professionals will fumble in defining what cloud can and cannot offer. It is its blurred definition that interferes with deriving the best cloud strategy for one’s organization. Following are few of the mistakes to avoid during cloud implementation in your organization.
Look beyond immediate benefits: Do not restrict your cloud strategy only to your immediate goals. It limits your ability to derive the maximum benefit from it. Look at the long time benefits that you can derive from it.
Choose the right model: The word cloud computing is being used in a very general manner. But it is far from being simple. Cloud hosting service providers offer a complex mix of services and solutions through it. You’ll be challenged by the problem of choosing the right computing model for your organization.
Missing the connection: Cloud can actually affect your business process. It is not simply an IT solution but has greater impact in bringing in scalability, agility and dynamism to your existing environment. Further, it can impact your IT resource usage.
Maximizing monetary benefits: Cloud computing can definitely help in saving IT expenses. But, deriving cost benefits from cloud will depend upon your choice of applications to host in it.