Things Not To Do When Cloud Computing
While cloud computing can offer many benefits to a company, many make the mistake of implementing methods and practices that can cause potential problems. Many businesses choose to switch to cloud computing solely to drive down costs by migrating their applications to it. However, there are very few applications that are ready to seamlessly move to the cloud, as most have not been configured to do so yet. Instead, it is recommended to move applications to a managed hosting provider.
It is also important to remember that by just switching to the cloud, their business will not instantly be like other cloud-based applications such as Facebook. While I wish this were true, it takes many complex solutions such as using a wide range of vendors, extensive mainframe technologies, and an abundance of hardware for this to happen. It is suggested to slowly switch to cloud computing in small increments. Security is the next area that needs attention. If appropriately configured, cloud computing can offer enhanced security than most on-site data centers. However, very few organizations know enough to be able to accomplish this. To help prevent this, hiring an excellent IT team that fully understands cloud-based security is ideal.
Vendor selection should also be a significant decision. While most of us tend to favor a specific vendor, it is crucial to pick one based on performance, and not just by the name itself. Understanding the different cloud service models and which one will be optimal to fulfill a company’s needs is a great idea. Cloud computing can be financially confusing to many. Monthly subscription and IT costs can blindside an organization if there isn’t someone who is monitoring how much data the company uses, needs, and how the entire network is managed. By following these guidelines, the transition to cloud computing can be somewhat easier.
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