Proactive monitoring and potential risk analysis are crucial for the successful adoption of cloud services across businesses
Although cloud adoption is outpacing the adoption of all other technologies across the globe, local businesses, regardless of their sizes, should never dive into it without proper planning and assessment of the risks. Unlike other technologies that have been deployed, cloud comes with a must-consider ‘buyer beware’ label. Enterprises should focus on each cloud deployment, configuring it to the proper business needs and outcomes. There could be a huge mismatch between expectations, plans, and actual deployment challenges if some basic insights are not kept in focus.
Unexpected expenses: Lack of planning for a buffer for unknown expenses for cloud adoption, can hold up valuable human resources and finances. These resources would need to be pulled out for other potential important activities- but due to wrong planning, their precious skill and time is wasted.
Security and governance issues: Even if the infrastructure is outsourced, enterprises are still on the hook for security due to improper cloud configuration. Regardless of the cloud providers’ assurances of security, the organizations still have to be responsible for confirming proper configurations and governance. With regulators heavily penalizing the organizations which fall foul of data protection laws such as CCPA and GDPR, no one can ignore data governance.
Performance issues for applications spanning multiple platforms: Moving an existing application to the cloud can impact its dependencies on cloud databases and other third-party services in unexpected ways – resulting in poor performance and speed slow down.
Without proper planning and risk estimation, the process of moving to the cloud can result in limited success. Hence, enterprises should focus on implementing a cloud-smart approach to ensure a smooth and efficient deployment.
Here are some pointers on building a cloud-smart strategy:
Defining business goals: It is essential to gain speed to market and improve flexibility to manage the unexpected cloud expenses. Firms should have an established business goal and not merely look for cloud adoption just because everybody else is doing it. Like all other technology implementation, successful cloud deployments are always defined and driven by justifiable business goals.
Determine the workload movements: It is crucial to analyze and determine workload movements based on the cloud types as not all clouds are equal or cost the same. It is critical to compare the cost of running the current workloads on Azure vs. AWS vs. private cloud. Modeling and estimating the potential costs beforehand has enormous advantages as businesses have better visibility on the needed expenditure and the ability to mitigate spikes in data traffic.
Balance the need for access: Cloud services are easy to build and deploy, but the biggest concern is to maintain a delicate balance between the operational needs and access. If the cloud service takes more time to provision than the system it replaced, all the benefits are lost.
Being cloud-smart by no way means setting up the cloud configuration and forgetting it. Consistent and proactive monitoring across cloud services is vital to meet business and customer demands without incurring hidden costs or exposing data to malicious attackers.