Cloud adoption is on the rise. So many organizations have already realized the ability of the Cloud to address both operational costs and budget constraints that Gartner predicts corporate “no-cloud” policies to be as rare by 2020 as “no-internet” policies are today.
“Cloud will increasingly be the default option for software deployment. The same is true for custom software, which increasingly is designed for some variation of public or private cloud,” says Gartner analyst Jeffrey Mann.
While business-critical workloads in the public cloud are set to double in the next 24 months, according to a survey of 1,800 IT executives conducted by Veritas Technologies, many businesses are still not sure whether they are ready to make the switch. Below are five important questions that every organization should try to answer before moving to the Cloud.
1. Can You Afford to Switch?
The fact that the Cloud can help organizations reduce their costs is now well established. But companies should also think about migration costs as they can be quite high depending on their current business processes.
“The cost of switching is primarily related to the fact that your business processes tend to be set by whichever application you’re using. The users get used to a workflow. If you move to the Cloud, some of those flows will change,” says Giorgio Nebuloni, IDC’s multi-cloud research director.
In the long run, the cost-saving benefits of the Cloud always outweigh any initial investment that must be made to make the switch, but it’s crucial to know ahead of time how high the investment will likely be.
2. Does the Cloud Meet Your Needs?
The advantages of cloud adoption are numerous, but it wouldn’t be right to say that all organizations need to embrace the Cloud in the same way. Generally, cloud-based solutions are best-suited for businesses that heavily depend on their information technology infrastructure and have a geographically dispersed user base.
The Cloud allows such organizations to focus on their core business, instantly scale to meet growing demand and keep sensitive data protected. However, there are still some industries where in-house servers meet all business needs.
3. Do You Understand the Differences Between Private, Public & Hybrid Clouds?
The Cloud can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different organizations depending on which cloud model they choose and how they implement it. The three main cloud deployment models are public, private and hybrid.
Public cloud services can be used by anyone as they are exposed to the public. On the other hand, private cloud services are not exposed to the public and reside inside the organization, which manages them and is the only one that can access them. Somewhere between public and private cloud services are hybrid cloud services, which use a mix of on-premises, private cloud and third-party, public cloud services.
4. Can the Cloud Meet Your Compliance Requirements?
As soon as an organization makes use of cloud storage or backup services, cloud compliance issues arise. Moving data from their internal storage to someone else’s infrastructure forces the company to closely examine how the cloud provider stores the data and whether various compliance requirements are still being met.
“It’s important to understand that for security and compliance reasons, organizations may decide that some highly confidential data will always remain on an internal network and will not move to the Cloud,” states Mathieu Gorge, CEO of VigiTrust. This is especially true now, in the era of GDPR, a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union and the European Economic Area.
5. Do You Know How to Select the Right Vendor?
Choosing the right Cloud Services Provider (CSP) can be the difference between a successful cloud migration and utter failure. The best CSPs have an excellent reputation, offer clear service-level agreements that are consistent with your business objectives and have a flawless security track record.
As one of the world’s top Cloud Services Providers on the 2017 Talkin’ Cloud 100 list, Vology has the technical capabilities and personal experience necessary to help organizations of all sizes successfully migrate to the Cloud and have already done so countless times. Visit vology.com or call (888) 808-2199 to learn more about our services and discover what makes us the right CSP for you.
Before migrating to the Cloud, organizations should ask themselves several important questions to determine whether they are ready for the Cloud. In this article, we’ve presented five such questions and explained how choosing the right Cloud Services Provider can be the difference between a successful cloud migration and failure.