The only thing standing between you and a successful cloud implementation is analysis. It is nothing but the quality of analysis performed that determines how clearly your vendor and you are able to boil down the core requirements and translate them into business success. But analysis is not a well defined term, and several vendors still struggle to figure out where to focus their efforts. Here are some ideas to help.
A typical medium- or large-scale company today deals in multiple cloud environments, which might be physically or logically segregated. Given that the complexity of a single cloud implementation is high, it becomes daunting to try and keep everything in order with multiple servers and configurations running. How do you keep the wheels turning smoothly and make sure processes do not intermix?
Although SaaS was one of the earliest developments in cloud computing, the practice is yet to mature. One problem often faced is that SaaS in the cloud is substantially different from SaaS served through traditional and on-premise methods, which makes correct deployment that much more difficult.The best path to adopt is to follow the best practices accepted across industry.
Regulatory compliance is an important aspect of cloud computing, and this more true than elsewhere in the case of businesses that interact with card payments. Given the sensitive nature of transactions, certain security standards have been evolved by Payment Card Industry (PCI), and need to be woven into your cloud architecture.
It’s a common scenario in enterprise computing: Companies first are drawn to private cloud because of ensured data ownership, but soon begin to realize that in terms of business transformation, the real benefit lies in adopting the public cloud. So now a switch is to be made. Despite appearances, this is not an easy job; rather than mere transfer of data taking place between two servers, the migration involves rethinking everything from data management to security to service architectures.
Given the remote connection model of the cloud, application performance becomes critical. Irrespective of the type of hardware employed at the vendor’s end, the performance is going to depend on various network parameters. For instance, a high-latency network can undermine the whole purpose of a cloud implementation, even though it might use the most efficient resources available.
There has been extremely encouraging growth in cloud computing, but as most experts will tell you, the adopting curve is beginning to flatten a little. Some say that’s just the natural course of adoption—which has to slow down over time—while others maintain that the popularity of the cloud is actually taking a hit. Either way, in the absence of concrete data, it’s very hard to tell. But this scenario does raise some interesting points. As it happens, there are a few impediments which, if left...
For companies that need to develop their own solutions in the cloud, PaaS is a godsend. Having a common platform drive the entire business helps reduce ripple-effects and minimizes maintenance issues. But one important question remains: How do you select a PaaS solution? Simply comparing the features is not much help, as most cloud computing solutions are built on the same technology.
It is said that successful cloud implementation depends on the vendor. On the same note, how effective a vendor proves in the long run is largely determined by how much attention is given to cloud security. But despite what most vendors think, the topic of security in the cloud is not so easily tamed.
Enterprises usually tend to be so fixated on the end-result of cloud computing that they fail to realize that the process of migration is just as important. Of course migration is not complicated, but it does demand carefulness and forethought, without which the switch to cloud computing can be ineffective.So what can vendors and businesses do to make sure the migration goes as smoothly as possible?
With small and medium businesses embracing cloud computing, Business Intelligence (BI) has found a renewed vigor. Solutions that claim to offer incredibly useful data mining tools have made an appearance, and vendors are vying for clients who want to use data to transform their business inside-out. While healthy in its overall outlook, this trend has been carried to the extreme in certain aspects. And for any business looking to benefit from BI, thinking things through is crucial.
There’s no denying that mobility is the need of the hour. Cloud solutions just can’t be served on monolithic desktop machines when employees and clients are always on the move, accessing data through their devices. So to fit the bill, cloud mobility has been developed and is quickly taking roots. But good as it sounds, mobility is not without its troubles and surprise traps that can upset calculations.
Vendors looking to add more value to their service offerings can leverage the cloud to expand their portfolio. But that doesn’t mean they need to step out of their domain; emerging solutions in managed services show examples of services that are closely associated with IT and actually strengthen the position of the vendor when adopted.
For vendors and value-added resellers (VARs), security is the most important parameter to ensure business success. After all, it’s the most important asset at stake when cloud computing is mentioned – data. Moreover, given that most of the cloud offerings are similar in features and pricing, it’s in security and service quality that a vendor can hope to distinguish himself.