There is no one-size fits all solution for cloud. It is important to research and consider different options to find the cloud computing solution that will be the best fit for your business and end users. Any decisions your organisation makes about cloud should integral to achieving your organisations’ broader strategic business technology objectives.
The right cloud solution for your business will offer you a wide range of features and benefits, including:
Cloud infrastructure by design is built and configured across networks of physical servers that may be hosted in different data centres, in different physical locations (even in different countries), all sharing and balancing the load of delivering your valuable line of business applications and associated information. What does this mean? If one of the servers fails, another will immediately cover your service needs with little to no effect on availability.
Professionally managed cloud resources are typically housed within secure, climate controlled data centres. Physical access to the servers is not permitted, nor is it required to facilitate delivery of the services. Cloud service providers are constantly monitoring and maintaining security on a scale that no organisation could ever match on premise. Sophisticated firewalls can be added to the collection of services purchased increasing security to a level that meets your particular needs.
Resources can be easily increased and reduced as the needs within your business change. There is typically no delay in expanding capacity and due to the shared nature of computing resources within a cloud computing environment there is no wastage as released resources become available for someone else to use.
Cloud offers end users in your organisation the flexibity to work securely from wherever their work day takes them. Additionally, modern cloud service providers provide a set of management tools to empower the self management of individualised cloud computing resources. The seemingly infinite array of features available enable any number of possible of cloud computing configurations.
What considerations are there when moving to the cloud?
Before jumping all-in cloud-first, there are some due diligence considerations that are critical to ensure you make the right decision around cloud and that the decision you make will work for your organisation.
Some essential questions to ask in planning your cloud transformation include: