Cloud computing, with all its features and benefits, also comes with some multidimensional perks. The cloud computing paradigm has been driving innovation in almost all sectors of the market; contrary to the popular belief that cloud computing is just beneficial for computing applications.
To make full use of the cloud computing arena, one needs to have a strong cloud strategy in place. One that works for the business as a whole, and also one that works for the employees. There are some brilliant options to choose from and some great support services to avail but which one to choose? And what investment to make? We look at some cloud computing strategies that a business should keep in mind while building up from the bottom up.
Private cloud or public cloud or hybrid: One of the most important, and confusing decisions you have to make is to choose the type of cloud. A private cloud is more secure and robust but costs more. A public cloud is lean and relatively cost-less, but come with security concerns. A hybrid cloud needs expert developers and careful planning to deploy, which increases operating costs as a whole. A careful consideration should be done while selecting the cloud and pros and cons should be weighed against each other.
Value your options and choose: Choosing a cloud computing platform is all about dealing with trade-offs. Cloud computing was first adopted by small and medium-size companies for simple and low-cost solutions, because their needs dictated that. Many large organizations are adopting cloud computing for the cost-cutting and speed-to-market benefits. They view clouds primarily as an enabler of process improvement and a means of reducing costs in specific pockets across IT. You need to see where you fit, and what the purpose for the shift is. Do you need it for IT support or you want to induce the BYOD paradigm in your workspace. Your choice would also depend on your bandwidth needs.
Plan your budget: According to what you choose that fits your needs, choose you IT support backbone. There would be minimal investment in the storage hardware, but you might have to invest in hiring the proper workforce for cloud development.
Technology: After you have done considering your needs and the budget and resources available for it, you need to look at the best technology stack available for the task in the money that you have allocated to the cloud computing shift. Keeping in mind your go to market strategy, choose from among the many cloud service providers in the market. A lot of them would provide additional features like social media integration and higher security measures, which might be valuable to you, so choose wisely.
Disaster Recovery, Backup, Test/Dev and other capabilities of the cloud have helped create an interesting solution set for organizations to choose from. The power of the cloud lies in its versatility. With more resources available to the average user, cloud computing is capable of delivering more content faster, and to more devices. There are many ways to utilize the cloud and each can have its own considerations and best practices. Aligning those best practices with your business goals is the key strategy that should be followed.