Cloud management is such a common buzzword these days that every business has at least heard of it. While it may seem like just the next technological fad, there are some major benefits a company can reap by choosing to build a cloud; asking the right questions is imperative. Should the cloud be private, public, or hybrid? Should the company merge the cloud with IT or keep it separate? Of course, the bottom line is, how much is it going to cost?
Even after the cloud is built, more questions pop up. What about management? How does a business keep a cloud running? Can it scale? What are the benefits this business can get from its cloud?
Making the Cloud Work for You
Any business with a thriving IT section knows that technology isn’t a magic bullet. Setting up the system is just one part. The rest is putting in the effort to make it work for the company. There are two levels to maintaining a cloud: First, maintaining the user-facing parts of the cloud, like the service catalog; second, maintaining the infrastructure platform–unless you opted for a pure public cloud.
But maintaining the cloud’s infrastructure isn’t really that different than maintaining any data center. It’s perfectly set up for automation with minimal manual work. The service catalog, on the other hand, will require more maintenance. A business should pick a technology to mediate between the users and IT; preferably, that technology would make the process as easy as possible.
The selling point of cloud infrastructure is that it is efficient in-house and helps deal with peak loads on the public side. But in order to take advantage of that, the right applications are necessary. A business should manage the cloud just like IT with all of the same approvals, audit trails, and processes. But they’ll need to be automated, considering the speed of the cloud.
A business shouldn’t be asking what a cloud costs but, instead, what it can earn. The initial benefits can be murky, but the trends and KPIs that come from cloud platforms are invaluable to a modern business. And it’s automated.
The cloud isn’t just a fad; it’s becoming a necessity of modern business. A company needs to look past all the buzz and start asking the tough questions. Change is hard, but it’s the only way to succeed.