Cloud Computing is a proven delivery platform leveraging imperative technologies. There is an ever-increasing popularity for Cloud and hybrid solutions. More enterprises are focusing on improving the security as sharing of critical applications and sensitive data to public cloud environments has always been a concern.
Here are 6 comprehensive strategies that ensure cloud computing a successful and safe experience:
1. Judicious Evaluation
As the cloud providers are maturing, nearly everything can now run on cloud. But, every application in IT world should be properly evaluated before taking a final call. The stakes are extremely high in case of cloud computing not only on for the organization but also for its users. Various factors such as Vendor licensing agreements, legal compliance, return on investment and corporate policies must be checked before turning to cloud based application.
2. Disposable computing
Some On-premises applications still works on the traditional method of deploying tailored servers. Customers are better served by developing a strategy with applications having the ability to be built or torn down indiscriminately being abstracted from physical sources. Today, many administrators don’t even know what server the application is using, nor do they care. A cloud strategy built upon resource Servers that is consumed on needed basis and then disposed later should be used instead of keeping the server around.
3. Scalable Architectures
The wise thing for any organization is to simply lift-and-shift an application into VMs running in the cloud. Most systems perform better when scaled up, not out. A key indication of a well-built, cloud-first architecture is you can take down individual components without breaking the system ultimately finding great success of your cloud environment.
4. Growth Plan
While cloud providers assure guarantee based on uptime, data needs to be protected the same way in the cloud, as it is on-premises. It requires setting up and maintaining backup and disaster-recovery plans. It is possible that a data center can go down if there’s a regional disaster or if a user overwrites an important file. All these issues need to be fixed before moving to cloud.
5. Efficient Cost Management
There are few ways to have an effective cloud strategy/solution that provides savings and cost management. Now, it is feasible to build as per the requirement. Also, cloud allows you to only pay for what you use. Development environments don’t run outside of business hours. Large cost savings is possible by shutting these systems off overnight and on weekends.
6. Work on PaaS and SaaS
PaaS allows the developer to utilize pre-built resources as hosted by a provider like Microsoft Azure Service Bus reducing the amount of overhead. SaaS on the other hand is a complete solution from a cloud provider. This solution requires minimal, if any development like Microsoft Office 365. There is a greater need to work on SaaS and PaaS than IaaS as they are more cost effective solutions.