The cloud computing space is evolving. Vendors are finding their niche segments and owning them. But, why should all of this brouhaha about cloud migration matter to you? Is the ‘Anytime, Anywhere, Any Device’ computing model for everyone?
Is there a compelling business case for universal cloud adoption?
Moving to the cloud is not just about adopting newer tech but there is a compelling business case to make the shift.
Business Drivers for Cloud Adoption
1) The Cost Argument
Cloud computing is an efficient and cost-effective way to deploy IT. Large cloud providers leverage economies of scale to deliver low-cost computing resources to cloud users. If you are operating on a cloud platform, you pay for the exact amount of resources you consume. For SMBs and startups working on a lean model, avoiding expenditure on installation, maintenance, upgrades and support costs can make a lot of difference.
Startups and SMBs are often constrained by tight budgets and using the cloud to deliver services will imply costs are incurred as operational expenditure instead of capital expenditure. Operating on the cloud will also mean they don’t have to worry about infrastructure provisioning. The cloud provider would take over the responsibility of upgrading infrastructure and maintaining it, letting the enterprise focus on application development.
Easy scalability is another advantage of cloud adoption. Cloud providers offer automatic scaling whenever computing needs peak. If not for the cloud, firms would have to create the infrastructure to meet peak traffic demands and keep it idle for most of the year. Being able to avoid over-provisioning is a significant advantage of moving to the cloud.
4) Enterprise mobility
Cloud adoption furthers enterprise mobility by allowing users to work from anywhere, at any time, and from any device. Cloud-based business collaboration tools are efficient and easy-to-use. Cloud-delivered enterprise mobility management systems allow companies to implement Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) policies without worrying too much about data security.
Virtual computing resources can be commissioned in a few hours whereas traditional mode of setting up IT infrastructure takes weeks, if not months. For startups with ideas that need to be out in the market yesterday, adopting a cloud-first strategy is the only means to speed up product development. Finally, each enterprise will differ in why it embraces cloud computing. Irrespective of why you migrate to the cloud, the approach to cloud adoption must be properly planned and executed. It begins with choosing the right vendor for your firm. So, how to find your cloud match?
What you must look for in a cloud vendor
1) Performance & Uptime
For high-speed delivery of applications, network performance is crucial. Check if your cloud provider has a low uptime.
2) Service Level Agreements and Reliability
Some cloud providers offer higher levels of service and customer support to differentiate themselves from their competitors.
Some cloud providers charge you for the actual number of servers you use, whereas others charge you for the amount of time you keep them online. Few vendors compute costs per hour whereas others compute costs by the minute.
4) Technology Stack
Cloud service providers have services that work on particular software stacks. If your app is built on a particular software stack, you can simplify your cloud migration by choosing a provider that supports the same software stack.
5) APIs and Vendor lock-in
It is better to choose APIs backed by multiple providers and vendors as it reduces chances of vendor lock-in. This makes cloud migration from one provider to another easier.
6) Security and compliance
Data security concerns weigh heavily on the minds of enterprises wanting to migrate to the cloud. Make sure that your cloud platform provider is compliant with security standards and data safety regulations.
7) Deployment models
For most large enterprises uprooting their entire on-premise cloud workloads and migrating them to a public cloud maybe challenging and unneces-sary. Enterprises may choose to migrate only some of their workloads to the cloud and work with a hybrid cloud strategy. It’s important to check if your cloud provider supports hybrid cloud configurations.
8) Regional support
If business requirements or data safety laws mandate data localization in a particular country or region, then it is necessary to check for regional avail-ability of your cloud provider.
Autoscaling is important for applications that are likely to experience demand peaks and troughs. Bringing more servers online for handling higher workloads and taking them offline when not necessary ensures you pay-as-you-use.
10) Network connectivity
Evaluating your cloud provider’s network connectivity is crucial, particularly so if you are running latency-sensitive applications on the cloud.
To know more about how Google Cloud can impact your business and plan your enterprise cloud strategy, download this free e-book;