As businesses continue to depend on the cloud for conducting their daily duties, it is important to understand how functions need to be carried out in order to ensure stability and scalability in the long run. While most businesses may have already settled in with cloud-based services, chances are that many aspects may still be fragmented.
Irrespective of whether you already use the cloud, or are looking to make the big move, blueprinting a cloud strategy is essential to keep all your cloud-based functionalities in check. Although not an exhaustive list, here are a few factors to take note of.
Ultimately, it all boils down to what your company exclusively needs. Gather relevant team members to assess what problems, concerns and bottlenecks are being faced, so that these factors can be considered when building the final cloud architecture for your business – or updating your existing cloud architecture.
Cloud may be the rage owing to its unmatched flexibility and ability to scale up or down, but that doesn’t mean your business needs to depend on it solely. Especially if you’ve been using on-premise infrastructure (or your business model is dependent on on-premise infrastructure) consider a hybrid model that gives you the best of both.
Migration is an intricate process, and the slightest errors can make your data unusable. So consider an incremental approach when it comes to the migration element of your cloud strategy.
With cyber breaches continuously on the rise, it’s imperative to have a robust security posture in place. While shared cloud services can be more prone to breaches, all other forms of cloud services are also just as susceptible. Cybersecurity can be as complex as the cloud, so use the advice of your IT teams and a dedicated cloud consultant to guide you on which cybersecurity components your business needs in order to stay protected at all times.
Scalability has always been the champion value proposition of cloud computing – and for good reason. After all, the ability to scale up or down at a moment’s notice has been incredibly beneficial on every level for businesses of all sizes. From saving money to making productive use of idle resources elsewhere, the element of scalability has been one of the biggest reasons for businesses to consider moving to the cloud.
However, this can be taken a notch higher, with automation. By configuring rule-based workflows to conduct operations based on certain actions or triggers, you will free your team from monotonous duties that may also be prone to human error, while elevating security and compliance standards for your organization.
An intelligent cloud strategy will go above and beyond simply helping your organization safely migrate to the cloud – it will govern every area of your business’s cloud infrastructure. From databases to microservices, everything is dependent on concise cloud architecture – and a robust cloud strategy will make the most productive use of all your resources, while heightening security and lowering costs.