It’s important to ask the right questions before shifting your infrastructure to a new technology. That’s why when we hear certain questions being repeated we feel it’s in everyone’s best interest to answer them publicly. After all, if five people have the same question chances are more do, so why not answer them all in one place?
Find out the answers to the most commonly asked enterprise questions regarding the cloud below:
1.) What is the right perspective?
As with any organization, you should initially start by deciding what your enterprise can and should use the cloud for. Most decisions in this case will jump right on to the CTO’s desk, however keep in mind this is something that should get your CEO just as excited. The cloud is something that could be the change you need, depending on how it’s implemented.
2.) what is the right pace for cloud adoption?
The short answer is whatever feels right for your organization. However, with the increasing rates of industries migrating to the cloud, the lines start to blur between comfort and keeping up. Take a look at your industry, see who has starting shifting their IT needs to the cloud, has there been a major rush and you’re the only one left behind? Maybe it’s time to start migrating some data. Or perhaps your industry is starting the slow and steady race, would you want to be the one to lead them into the future? The best way to gauge how you’re doing (and if it’s the right move for you) is by looking at your “peer companies,” see where they are in the process. However, just make sure your enterprise is working at a pace that’s relevant to your industry sector.
3.) what’s the right model for cloud adoption?
This is a difficult question, and again it depends on what you’re most comfortable with. One of the biggest differences between Public and Private cloud models is how they are managed. In a private cloud, the IT user has control over cloud management, whereas in a public cloud it is managed by the provider. If you can’t make up your mind try a hybrid cloud, it’s a great way to test the waters and see what is working for your particular organization. The other option, is finding a provider who offers a private cloud, dedicated, single-tenant cloud, within a public cloud environment. This allows users to maintain control, but also eliminates some of the high cost of the private cloud.
4.) What’s the right destination?
After deciding to adopt a cloud strategy, the next question becomes “What is the goal of your organization?” One of the main goals from using the cloud is to create a more agile work environment, one that is able to adept quickly to not only new technology, but daily changes as well. With each solution being tailored to a different business, it’s important for you to understand that big questions “what is the goal.”
Head over to Computer World to find out the other four most commonly asked enterprise questions about the cloud.