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Mike D Kail, CTO of Cybric
Ninety per cent of businesses see themselves moving at least some of their core IT systems to the cloud in the next three years, according to recent Oracle research. As cloud infrastructure models become mainstream for businesses both small and large, the case for adoption is becoming stronger with increased efficiency, scalability, agility and the ability to rapidly innovate being cited as the greatest benefits delivered.
Despite this, many organizations are yet to take the plunge and remain uncertain and clouded in their judgment when it comes to understanding the full benefits of cloud infrastructure. Part of the challenge is having a clear strategy in place to guide IaaS adoption and extract its full potential. If you’re looking at deploying IaaS in your business, here are some points to bear in mind:
Ninety per cent of businesses see themselves moving at least some of their core IT systems to the cloud in the next three
When moving from a world of on-premises to cloud-based infrastructure, businesses often need to make a change in both the technology they use and their mind-set. Specifically, when moving systems and processes to the cloud they need to ask themselves how IaaS can improve their existing security and operational controls. Simply replicating on-premises data center management approaches in the cloud won’t allow companies to benefit from the added-value IaaS offers.
To make the most of the move to the cloud, businesses need to analyze how their IT department is performing. Detailed knowledge around these issues will help identify the best IaaS approach to move forward with.
“Simply replicating on-premises data center management approaches in the cloud won’t allow companies to benefit from the added-value IaaS offers.”
The next step of this is to monitor and measure system performance continuously once IaaS has been adopted. This can help identify cloud processes that aren’t meeting current needs, allowing a company to decommission them and cut unnecessary costs. Businesses go wrong when they assume IaaS requires little attention once implemented, but ongoing monitoring and measurement are core elements of a successful IaaS approach.
Building an infrastructure intended to operate on a global level will save businesses from encountering difficulties when they want to scale up quickly, such as when expanding into new regions. Architecture must also be able to help businesses respond to changing market conditions. For example, increasing an ecommerce site’s capacity to serve global traffic on Black Friday and scaling back down after the intense traffic fades.
“IaaS provides the ability to build, test and deploy new environments in a matter of minutes or hours.”
It’s also critical for a company to have the capability to rapidly build applications that meet customer needs and market demands before their competitors. IaaS provides the ability to build, test and deploy new environments in a matter of minutes or hours , in comparison to the months it can take for physical hardware to be delivered and installed. This can make the difference between retaining or losing market share.
Ultimately, to extract the full potential of IaaS, you need time to build an approach that is tailored to your needs. Viewing the move to IaaS as a gradual process rather than an all-or-nothing approach will be key, as is taking a data-driven approach to identify the most appropriate solutions and evaluate performance once implemented. This will enable businesses to evolve to IaaS in the best way possible and remain competitive in a fast-paced market.