Technological solutions to business problems are not a new thing but the added complexity with each level of advancement is what matters most to any business looking to leverage its data, financial resources and future viability on it.
Cloud computing is one such area where businesses are coming to shore in hopes of increasing not only their productivity but to achieve the ultimate aim of the “Lean” organization that such a SAAS tool like cloud computing offers by reducing the efforts required on the part of the business. But are the claims worth it?
Cloud computing will impact your whole organization by aiming to foster not only innovation but providing the solution to for handling big data problems that currently lie on in-house data servers. A refresher on the in-house storage is a long shot from the mobility and virtualization of cloud computing but it is also complicated, which has often led businesses to miscalculate the considerations that make cloud computing viable towards the future of your organization.
To defog this basic list of considerations that will allow you to move more willfully into cloud computing and make you better in terms of competition and relevancy, we have amassed a list of things you should know before you aim to move into enterprise cloud computing:
Security of Data on the hosted servers:
In recent times, data security has become increasingly important and more so in the event of a shift towards cloud computing as you will be compromising it on a third party server which could be available mass data attack or malware, or in some rare cases, vendor decryption.
Data centers are also a cause of concern in this regard as you need to find out where they are located and the premium grade of facilities on offer there. If vendors shy away from disclosing their data storage centers owing to security risks, then it’s time to move on as Telecommunications industry Association has created tiers to identify the levels of data centers with categories 1-4 to allow you to dissect the opportunity at hand to proper measure.
Security risks to data are of a serious concern to your organization. Do not leave them until fully satisfied according to service standards.
The backup facility of cloud vendors and your own redundant subsystems:
When we talk about cloud computing, data loss, even for a short while due to minor or major issues are of an important nature because you wouldn’t want your organization to blacken out in such a scenario waiting for the resumption of services. Even worse can be the loss of all data.
In such a case it’s important to have an in-house, even rudimentary, backup of your data to allow a shift to independent systems in the case of a shutdown and on part of the vendor, it’s advisable to check whether there are make-shift data centers that can be allocated in case of a main system breakup.
Cost and Performance Metrics:
Before getting involved in any such deal, it is advisable to get an independent cloud consultant onboard to check on the parameters of standards in the industry against the cost you are paying for making it a fair deal on your part and the gauges explainable to in-house board members or shareholders.
The verification of elements such as the software running on your dedicated servers, speed of the equipment and efficacy of it to handle large customer data crunches at a single time, connection accessibility and speed and the number of companies using the vendor’s services currently are hugely important on your part to make the plan work for your company and tweaking the agreement or asking for upgrades/downgrades according to company requirements.
Understanding the importance of these factors will increase the value you derive from your cloud services and in no way undermine your efforts to shift to a more efficient system. With the advancements in systems and introduction of cheaper and faster customer access modules like apps, the need for monitoring the subsequent life cycle of the app as well as managing the data that it accrues in the millennial world, cloud computing is inevitable as it is where most of the global data will be in the future but analyzing the best deal is highly important on your part to get your company moving faster in the right direction.