- June 16, 2020
- Posted by: Bala Kishore Pasumarthi
Cloud implementation has become the ideal way to deliver enterprise applications. The enterprise IT cloud can be implemented together with appropriate monitoring, management, integration, and automation solutions without creating chaos. And companies can then take advantage of the benefits that the cloud offers in a comfortable and easy way. Here are some essentials which every business needs to know while implementing a cloud strategy.
Cloud implementation essentials every business needs to know
There would hardly be anyone around who would deny the benefits and the extraordinary cost savings cloud offers. A lot has been said and written about Cloud Economics. Yet, enterprises tend to overlook it while making economic decisions and often get trapped in evaluating just the migration risks.
I hope to address ‘all things cloud’ through this blog series – typically the types of clouds to choose from and the top 3 prominent service providers in my opinion – and explain why adopting a cloud computing culture is indeed a wise move. Later in the series, I’ll go on to discuss the cloud migration approach, concerns every enterprise has with respect to cloud security, and how having a digital specialist technology partner for building cloud-native architecture and applications makes perfect sense.
Here’s a quick lowdown on the cloud essentials.
Benefits of cloud
Forrester in its 2020 predictions expected the public cloud market to touch $299.4 billion. Cloud gives you power, control and flexibility to manage workloads, that too from a single point, driving both performance and growth.
Here’s what it can help you achieve.
Agility – High-speed deployment is the need of the hour. The right cloud platform can help you navigate and orchestrate the seemingly complex landscape with ease. You can simply customize applications and access the services you need without much ado via a secure Internet connection.
When you look at the amazing capabilities cloud dashboards, real-time statistics and active analytics bring along, you will realize how effective it is in not just alleviating your burden but in understanding how productive teams actually are. So you know exactly how much a person does and what it costs to your organization.
Scalability – The beauty of the cloud is that it allows you to scale. No matter how big the workload gets, you can accordingly add resources to your existing deployment in a way that there is minimum downtime.
Cloud is all about power and versatility. It revolutionizes the IT infrastructure even for smaller enterprises enabling them to ramp up their computing resources quickly. From saving data to hosting applications, the cloud takes care of just about everything to make workload managing seem like a cakewalk.
A typical ‘your cloud your way’ approach allows a ramp down too. This kind of autoscaling capability is just what enterprises need in times when customer demands and enterprise offerings both are dynamic.
The OpEx factor – In an effort to slim down their already bloated legacy deployments, enterprises are doing everything they can to shift their focus from Capital Expenses or CapEx to Operating Expenses or OpEx. It’s a conscious effort to move towards consumption-based models while maintaining the necessary control. The rationale is to calculate the cloud ROI to ensure that there is ample grip on IT expenses so that they do not impact the bottom line adversely. The current pandemic has already gotten everyone thinking of cutting corners. According to Gartner, IT spending will be down to $300 billion in 2020 as a result of CIOs’ effort to curtail budgets in the wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic.
2020 in particular has shifted the focus from what’s new to how much value it’s adding. Everest Group conducted a survey in November 2019 to look at the key issues enterprises faced in global sourcing. The results suggested that 64% admitted to increasing focus on value while 32% increased their focus on cost. Not surprising then, it only gets more serious here on given the fresh challenges we are now facing in these trying circumstances.
Choosing the right cloud model
In order to get complete value from the cloud, it is important to choose the right type depending on your needs.
Let’s look at the four main types of cloud environments to consider.
Public Cloud – From common services like storing emails and apps to managing enterprise-grade OS platforms and environments for software development and testing, the public cloud works well for those with predictable computing needs or require apps, services, and a host of other resources to handle peak demands.
Private Cloud – If you want something specially built for your business, you are looking for private cloud technology. It’s secure, gives greater control, and offers customized functionality and scalability to users. A private cloud is customizable and is suitable for those who can invest in high-performance technologies and need high scalability to meet unpredictable demands.
Hybrid Cloud – This one is a mix of the earlier two to give you a more varied environment. So you get to store sensitive data and documents on a private cloud while other high-volume less-sensitive stuff can be stored on the public cloud. Enterprises often prefer their versatility and the fact that it allows them to migrate easily from one to the other as required.
Multi-cloud – Often multi-cloud uses a mix of different public clouds though at times it may even use private clouds if need be. It’s flexible and scalable. It helps you leverage the strengths of multiple cloud providers while avoiding lock-ins with any one of them. This in turn helps you optimize cost and performance and share workloads among all the chosen services.
Choosing your provider
At times, it may be easier to decide the type of cloud technology you want, but choosing the best provider takes a whole new level of understanding. I have handpicked the ones I think give complete value for money, not to forget the capabilities you are looking for.
|Amazon Web Services (AWS)||Microsoft Azure (Azure)||Google Cloud Platform (GCP)|
|The first to arrive among the biggies, it dominates the public cloud market with an array of tools for developers & managers along with app integration capabilities, machine learning, and predictive analytics.||Tightly integrated with other applications, those who use a lot of Microsoft products are often inclined to use it. This also means Microsoft customers automatically qualify for some really nice discounts off service contracts.||Well known for its solutions in application container deployments, it leads the pack in offerings such as big data, analytics, and machine learning.|
|Key Strengths||• Extensive offerings with enterprise-friendly services
• Open & flexible
• Most comprehensive global network
|• The best in development and testing tools
• Open-source support
• Hybrid cloud
|• Open-source support & portability
• Great for cloud-based business
• Impressive DevOps expertise
|Challenges||• Difficult to use
• Overwhelming choices
• The cost structure is not very clear making cost management difficult for those working with high workloads
|• Management tooling not so efficient
• Not very enterprise-ready
• Not very strong in technical support
|• Limited range of services & features
• Fewer data centers globally
• Not very established in the IaaS market
Right cloud implementation partner
The cloud battle only thickens with time. With intelligent cloud solutions, you can maximize business value. I bring my industry understanding to the fore to explore and explain the many aspects of cloud computing through this series. In my next blog, I’ll address cloud security concerns, and help you choose the right cloud migration incremental approach. Also, I’ll discuss the impact it has on the myriad applications.
So stay tuned for more.
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