Companies and individuals everywhere have surely heard about cloud computing in one form or another by now, but not everyone knows how to make sure that cloud security can be safely implemented from the start. Gordon Makryllos wrote on CSO Online that only a few people truly understand what is required to set the stage for a safe and speedy journey into the cloud.
"When it comes to benefits, they are well explored and discussed," he wrote. "We know cloud delivers better organizational flexibility, quick and timely deployment, cost effective infrastructure solutions, the opportunity to refocus IT resources and more often than not the creation of new business models. But when it comes to safety, the jury is still out. The below five tips will help shine some light on how to make a smart, safe and tailored decision based upon your individual organization's needs when it comes to cloud."
The first step toward having a clear cloud computing path for any company, Makryllos wrote, is having a solid understanding of the organization's functional requirements. This means uncovering any sort of processes that may inhibit performance or security and making sure they can be shored up with a cloud solution. Depending on the organization, something completely different could be needed, as there is no one-size-fits-all cloud solution.
After figuring out the needs of the business, it must be decided which option will be used, as each model of the cloud may offer something unique. For those that want to go beyond the public or private cloud, the hybrid can bring these two together for even better efficiency in many cases.
"A partnership between the two finds the middle ground between accessibility and security – an organization can take advantage of the cost effectiveness and scalability of public cloud, but can still control the security around specific applications and information," Makryllos said on CSO. "The increased flexibility of computing is what makes this solution the most attractive, and often the most popular, solution for businesses entering the cloud space."
Factors to consider in a cloud migration
After this, some other factors that should be figured into a cloud computing adoption include:
- What kind of control and access will be given across the company
- Whether data will be backed up and how often it will be
- How a policy will be drafted and implemented by the business
One very important aspect to remember, according to Bob Lewis on InfoWorld, is that companies need to consider the sensitivity of data you are migrating/hosting in the cloud. This means being very careful when moving over to a cloud environment. After bringing one application or database to a cloud hosting service, Lewis said it cannot be a "rinse and repeat" method after this, as companies will need to realize that each area of the business has unique needs that need to be met.
"If you port everything you have to the cloud, you're paving a cow path," he said, referring to taking the milquetoast path other companies have taken that may not work for others. "But redesigning the entire applications portfolio so that it's clean and consistent isn't going to happen any time soon. If it was, it would have already happened because the savings from managing an elegant IT architecture would have been enormous, even when hosted inside a corporation's own data center."
Although the move to the cloud certainly isn't easy, Makryllos said it is scalable and create a business path with more benefits than other IT services out there right now. Companies should start small at first but gradually increase how they use the cloud over time as they start seeing how it is benefiting them.
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