The emergence of the cloud has generated a strong wave of excitement. But despite the positive momentum surrounding cloud adoption and the growing popularity of cloud-based services, cloud technology is not infallible.
Although the cloud has undeniable advantages, many organizations remain confused about cloud capabilities and models. Fortunately, as cloud deployments increase, companies are able to learn from the experiences of businesses that have already adopted cloud. Such cases have yielded several considerations that companies should keep in mind during a cloud transition.
Choosing the best cloud solution begins with understanding how the services and applications will be used and who will use them. Some companies may choose to give employees access to a limited menu of cloud-based applications, while other companies might provide them with entire virtual desktops.
How these resources will be managed within the cloud framework is another critical consideration. Monitoring resources at the cloud level by keeping a close eye on data bottlenecks and spikes in usage will help ensure optimal operation of cloud services.
The cloud offers the benefit of scalability within certain limits. When planning a cloud deployment, a company must understand how many users the system can support within a single physical host and consider link limitations to anticipate potential bottlenecks.
In addition, cloud service models that allow companies to pay based on usage can exceed cost expectations if resources are applied inefficiently. Resource balancing takes into account storage and server limitations and capacity constraints to ensure cloud services are deployed appropriately.
The idea of the cloud suggests a nebulous, virtual environment. In reality, the cloud consists of physical equipment that must be housed and maintained at a cost to the company. A business should fully understand its cloud requirements in order to minimize costs and appropriately plan for a cloud deployment.
Without proper planning around the physical equipment required for a cloud deployment, companies may provision too many or too few cloud resources. Assessing how the cloud will be used and who will use it before making cloud decisions can save a company time and money by provisioning the right cloud equipment and services right out of the gate.
Companies should create a cloud strategy for the present while concurrently planning for the future. In order to realize the advantages and benefits of the cloud, companies must first understand their current cloud requirements and workload and extrapolate that to plan for future cloud expansion.
As cloud use grows, companies should also pay close attention to resource usage. Anticipating and responding to usage spikes and bottlenecks is as important in an expanded deployment as it is during the initial implementation of the cloud service.
Having realistic expectations and understanding physical equipment costs and current limitations are crucial to planning and executing a beneficial cloud deployment on budget.