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The cloud has become a synonymous with 21st century computing in business, and for good reason.
It offers flexibility, both in functionality and in price; agility in its capacity to offer pay-as-required arrangements, and cutting edge storage and application-supporting performance.
Transcending the confines of the traditional on-site data centre, the cloud is as an antacid to IT indigestion caused by clunky, expensive and restrictive HDDs, bringing sweet relief to bosses, budgets and business around the world.
It is no surprise, therefore, that 88 per cent of IT decision-makers and 80 per cent of business decision-makers globally say their organisation is considering adopting the software-defined data centre. The cloud is no less appealing at government level, with 91 per cent of surveyed federal IT leaders recognising the technology as an important trend to their agencies.
If bosses share an admiration for this weightless, data utopia in the sky, then not all that have reached for it have done so successfully. Reasons for this are often rooted in failure to adopt a cloud strategy: for businesses to reap the advantages of cloud technology, a clear understanding of how it will deliver business outcomes is essential.
Understanding the cloud’s nature
The cloud as a delivery of services, rather than a technology to procure, is fundamental to understanding how business can expect to benefit from its use.
Clients forward service requests to providers and pay for what is used; these can be anything from unique automated IT duties to application support systems and full infrastructural platforms that are meshed into business operations.
IT bosses must identify the services that are needed and match these to desired enterprise outcomes, such as; cost savings; time to market, and enhanced service offerings. Underlying these issues will be knowledge regarding which users will need the cloud services, in what quantities and when, according to peak or slump times.
Cloud climate change
Cloud automation will change business processes, so prepare to analyse where streamlining may be possible or necessary and be ready to make refinements in those areas.
The aim is to reduce how much goes into creating services, in order to make deployment and support more efficient and financially healthy. Look for resonances across IT system silos that support certain applications, and consider how these might be realigned to automation.
Ideally, any operations that could benefit from automation, should be upgraded to become more resilient, reliable and cost-effective.
The cloud can bring enhanced agility to applications, so IT bosses should be aware of application process chains to see how automation might oil the cogs of testing, development and production through various environments.
Knowledge will be needed regarding the tools and technologies application scientists are employing and of how applications transition through each development phase.
Once new environments have been provisioned, focus on how they can be observed and kept in good working order. A system and accompanying operations need to be put in place as support mechanisms, each of which should be linked back to automation so that measures can be taken before human interaction is required.
Security will always be a fundamental and overarching concern to any new IT deployments. For cloud technology, this will refer to identity and access management for both infrastructure users and providers.
This will often involve embedding new security measures into current safeguards, with key management for encryption highly relevant for data stored off-site.
Both private and public cloud-based solutions are increasingly being chosen for their state-of-the-art security and future compliance with changes in data law. With a reputable industry-leading service provider, businesses can leverage cloud capabilities with enhanced data protection solutions that are purpose-built for all workloads.
While these pointers apply to the general migration process, each organisation’s situation will be unique.
Companies around the world are being invigorated by cloud technology, and in today’s fast-paced, market, your firm can’t afford to miss out on the agility and resilience that comes through data centre transformation.
By contacting Dell EMC, you can tap into the industry’s most thorough portfolio of cloud-based solutions that can support all your firm’s applications, workloads and infrastructures, enabling your firm to provision for future resilience.