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A Study—Challenges While Embracing Cloud Computing

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Embracing cloud computing is a major challenge, say various studies.

To overcome these, one needs proper planning, a clear-cut roadmap, and the right talent, they aver.

First and foremost, you need to have a convincing cloud idea in place. You need to identify what type of offering will go well with your business. What kind of cloud technology is best suited for you?

Next part is identifying how cloud will add value to your business. What tasks should be transferred on to the cloud? How much money will you spend on cloud computing without affecting your normal business revenues? Should you have a dedicated staff in-house for cloud tasks?

The other test is asking yourself if your company is ready for a cultural shift that comes along with the introduction of cloud. How will you get around to convincing your security and the managerial staff about the necessity of moving on to a cloud? 

It is a fact that cloud is being seen as an alternative where many companies would like to shift their storage, email, services and main applications to. The moot question, however, for your company would be to decide on what type of cloud would best suit your business needs. Here, the choice are public, private or hybrid. You should know how to get the right mix of Infrastructure as a Service (Iaas), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings for your company. You should also give a thought on how moving on to a cloud will cut your costs sufficiently. 

Let us see the differences between different clouds.

A private cloud is a setting that has a distinct environment where only particular people can operate. It, therefore, affords greater privacy and control.

A public cloud is an environment in which shared physical resources are aggregated. This environment allows multiple organizations to access the apps and products.

Hybrid cloudis a milieu in which both private and public clouds are used to perform different tasks. It allows a particular company to make accessible non-confidential information and secure the one that is classified.

If private cloud is your choice, understand as to how its deployment will affect architecture of your data center. As it is the costlier, it needs to be ensured that it makes business sense for an organization to have one. 

If public cloud is what you want, choose applications that should be transferred to the virtual space. When accessing applications here, do make sure whether it is necessary or not to take consent from your IT team.

If you chose hybrid cloud, recognize the flexibility it will give your company to manage and customize your applications.

Whatever the cloud service you choose, you have to ensure that your data is secure. Your security team needs to be convinced about your organization’s need to go for a cloud.

When you finally get a cloud, more than half of your applications will be virtualized. You need to realize beforehand on how physical devices run as virtual devices?

You also need to decide on the proper level of recovery required along with the security levels needed for your organization. 

Before buying a cloud service, you also need to see which vendor’s offering will be apt for your organization. The after-sales services they offer and their quality of services also need to be looked into, the studies add. 

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