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Mistakes to Avoid When Migrating to the Cloud

Migrating computing environments to the cloud offers organizations many benefits if done correctly. Companies can take advantage of the scalability and flexibility offered by cloud providers which can often lead to cost savings as resources are used more efficiently. For many small and mid-size enterprises, the cloud offers the only way to gain access to cutting-edge technology and high-performance computing solutions. Software as a service (SaaS) enables the introduction of new applications into the environment without the overhead of in-house support. 


Clouds Make '-as-a-Service' Reality

Although there have been fears about issues such as reliability and security, companies are increasingly moving their applications and services to the cloud. This migration is going to change organizations in big ways. Despite the concept of cloud computing being there since 60’s it was not widely known by consumers until decades later. With the launch of Amazon Web Services (AWS) by Amazon in 2006 and other cloud solutions that followed, cloud computing became a household name. Microsoft, Google, and Apple among others are today some of the famous cloud service providers in the world. These companies offer different cloud experiences such as storage, computing space, and other services that are usually metered. They have consequently changed how businesses are conducted and lifestyles in general. Here are some ways in which cloud computing is making “as a service” a reality:


Complying with Data Privacy Regulations in the Cloud

Data privacy regulations are becoming more prevalent and stringent in many parts of the world. Led by the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), nations and other jurisdictions such as U.S. states have developed and implemented standards regarding the use of their citizens’ personal information. Organizations risk substantial financial penalties and the loss of customer confidence if they fail to comply with data privacy standards.


The Cloud Can Solve Your Seasonal Demand Issues

One of the fundamental benefits of using the services of public cloud providers is the flexibility and scalability they offer. Using the vast resources of a cloud vendor, a customer can increase and diminish their computing, network bandwidth, and storage capacity much more easily than with an on-premises data center. Instead of the capital expense involved in procuring more hardware that may only be needed for a short time, organizations can scale up to address seasonal or unexpected demand spikes. When the demand on their systems returns to normal levels, they can scale back down to avoid paying for unnecessary capacity.


Which of These Trends Will Affect Your Cloud Computing Initiatives?

Cloud computing industry has been changing at a maddening pace that is almost impossible to predict. To make it worse, the events of 2021 has led cloud computing to a direction that no one could have imagined before. Regardless of the changes, cloud computing continues to occupy an important part in almost every industry. With the changing times, the cloud will change significantly. Here are some changes that can affect your cloud computing initiatives:


Look for Changes in Cloud Offerings in 2021

The happenings of this year have turned the forecasts made about 2020 on their head. Although some of the trends in industries such as supply chain and logistics have suffered the most due to coronavirus, cloud computing has continued to define how companies work as most operations have shifted to remote environments. The adoption of cloud computing is promising to increase productivity and reduce operations costs by ensuring a limited investment in infrastructure and office space. With the rise of technologies such as AI, IoT, and blockchain, the cloud is expected to improve substantially. For the coming year, here are some cloud computing trends that will change the existing enterprise set up.


Protecting Your Environment with Disaster Recovery as a Service 

As another hurricane season becomes a harrowing memory, the specter of blizzards and ice storms begin to appear just over the horizon. Power outages can happen at the most inopportune time, and the incidence of ransomware attacks continues to increase at an alarming rate. There is an ever-present potential for an event that could be classified as a disaster impacting your business’s IT infrastructure. If your organization is not prepared, there can be long-lasting ramifications that affect your business in multiple ways.


High Performance Computing Opportunities in the Cloud

High performance computing (HPC) is a method for solving large and complex problems in business, science, and engineering. By aggregating available computing power, higher performance can be provided than that which is possible with standard hardware and software. Cutting-edge research in many fields relies on the power available in HPC systems.


The Federal Government's Use of the Public Cloud

The United States’ federal government is a major consumer of computing services. Previous articles have talked about the FedRAMP approval process used to ensure the security and functionality of cloud services before they can be adopted by any federal agencies. This time, we are going to look at how cloud services are being used by the civilian arm of the Federal Government.


Here's What to Watch with Cloud Pricing

Cloud computing has matured significantly in 2020 than it was the case in the past decade. This has been true in different areas such as pricing, technology and availability of many cloud options. With the increased number of players, picking the best provider has become a challenge which is hard to address because the options you choose depends on the platform and the pricing. Although initial prices are what many people focus on, there is much more in running a cloud than the subscription costs and server capacity. If organizations fail to take charge, the cost of operating cloud can spiral fast and out of control.

Before moving any service to the cloud, there is need for a deeper understanding of some aspects such as the amount of data that flow between servers and between applications, dependencies, and security, access and authentication requirements. Also, understand the services that are offered by the cloud services and the pricing models of providers.

The public cloud is one of the options that you are likely to consider when migrating. One thing you should know is that before anything, a public cloud is like an empty house that you can live in, but you must buy some utilities and install some things if your life is to be good. Unlike private clouds or on-premise services, you share many things with other organizations in the public cloud. In such a shared environment, security is an area of major concern because it is provided just for the data centre. With this in mind, be aware of the cost of running cloud applications such as network costs, firewalls time that the application will be running. Also, take into consideration the cost of migration, disaster recovery plans and staff who are needed to operate the new systems. With all these aspects, what might have appeared as a low-cost system might become too expensive for your organization.

Understanding the characteristics of your service is also crucial. This is the first step before migrating to the cloud. Ensure that you know the features and requirements of the applications that you want to migrate and their design. Although some things might be straightforward, you must always try to understand how applications function before moving them to avoid unnecessary hassles along the way. The best way you can attain this is by ensuring that your internal IT personnel classify data and ask ever department the importance of data.

It would also help if you learned how to calculate charges. Doing this will reveal additional costs for miscellaneous requirements such as IP address, data transfer costs, domain resilience and other things and add to the cost of servers and storage. Always try as much as possible to understand the additional costs and calculate whatever you believe will make migration expensive. Include things such as resilience and service recovery, that are all needed for a safe and secure data migration strategy. For unnecessary cost to be avoided, look closely at the different types of services that are in the market and match your workload and requirements with these options. Consider keeping some applications in-house if migrating to the cloud cannot change things much.

Although everyone looks for services with low cost, it is also important to also compare the quality of service with the prices. A choice might appear less costly, but the services offered may be bad and may cost you in the long run. Never overlook essential elements, such as service delivery and proper risk management strategies. You can run some services in the public cloud, while you can decide to run others on private cloud and leave others in on-premise.


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