Choosing a Cloud Infrastructure Strategy? 5 Questions to Ease Your Mind

By Flux7 Labs
September 11, 2014

It’s making both business and trade headlines. You are reading all about it every day. What is it? The constant and steadily increasing buzz from organizations of all sizes about the business advantages and possibilities of adopting a cloud infrastructure.

No doubt, the cloud is increasingly seen, not just as a way to cut the costs of hardware, but as a way to drive business growth.

However, there’s still an element of fear, uncertainty and doubt about migrating a business’ infrastructure to the cloud. It tends to haunt business leaders and IT alike.

Even seasoned IT pros are surprised and overwhelmed by cloud providers, their extensive lists of services and features, and cloud architecture options.

On the other hand, there may be many questions during a cloud migration that are left unanswered. IT teams are often left to fend for themselves. This latter point by itself is a good reason to delay decisions and engage with a reputable cloud consulting organization. Not doing so, can lead to disaster.

A few common questions you might have include:

  • What are cloud security best practices?

  • Will my organization be able to meet industry standards of cloud compliance?

  • What is the expected extent of vendor lock-in?

These are questions that should be considered after you commit to a cloud strategy and before you choose a cloud vendor.

But first, it’s smart to really understand whether the cloud is right for you. Will your business benefit from this transformational trend? Cloud migration can be the first step toward changing your organizational culture. It requires a basic understanding of how the cloud affects your business and why you should, from a business perspective, want to move to the cloud.

Let’s explore the following list of five questions you should consider to become confident in regard to your infrastructure strategy.

1. How does cloud migration improve my business productivity?

There are several aspects to consider here.

First, the cloud offers support to a wide range of services, features and technologies. Hence, a cloud migration does not hinder the skillset of your team. Nor does it affect the developer workflows of your team.

Next, cloud infrastructure offers the flexibility and ease of access to services irrespective of whether you’re at home, at the office, or even enjoying a vacation in the South of France. Scalable cloud infrastructure strongly supports working remotely. Your team can always be serving your customer, especially during unforeseen times.

Last, but not least, cloud services are provided at affordable rates. Spinning up servers takes place in the order of minutes as opposed to traditional methods that require days or weeks to set up new servers.

2. My business has only one focus: Customers. Will I make my customers happier?

The first and core step to making your customers happy is to ensure increased responsiveness.

This can be viewed in two ways: One is meeting unpredictable traffic surges to your website or application; another is to meet changing customer requirements over time with evolving technologies and current trends.

Cloud architectures support traditional scalability, while also providing its very own elasticity features. Elasticity is opted when you have varying customer demands. This keeps in check whether or not you overuse resources, while the demands are less, and run out of resources, when the needs are high.

3. How to stay a step ahead of my competitors?

The cloud is THE fastest-growing trend that’s revolutionizing businesses.

As discussed in this post: 3 Strategies to Fail Cheap, Fail Fast and Get Agile, businesses that thrive in the market are those that are open to changes. By performing a cloud migration, you make sure your organization is following game-changing market trends. It does not stop there given the innumerable cloud benefits.

4. What exactly does the cloud promise beyond reduced costs and scalability?

The reasons organizations mostly decide on cloud adoption, next to business agility, are reduced costs and scalability. But, it does not stop there.

  • A well-appropriated cloud infrastructure promises pay-per-use, while also providing dynamic storage, memory and processing.

  • A properly set up cloud architecture allows you to explore and enjoy what is truly called an automated infrastructure.

  • Push-button deployments are made feasible, thereby improving efficiencies in backend processes and costs.

5.  Does the cloud solve my business continuity challenges?

Business continuity is the prime need of any business, especially if you operate a web-based businesses. The cloud is easily the answer to overcome challenges attributed to business continuity for web-based businesses.

Following is a list of cloud benefits that you can look forward to with respect to business continuity:

  • Disaster Recovery

  • Health-Checks

  • Self-Healing

An interesting point to note is tools that provide these functionalities come with the cloud’s support for third-party tools. This allows you to rent such services, instead of investing a huge amount of capital buying the same. Monitoring and health-check tools can be set up in such a way that you are alerted of an issue, predicting its occurrence long before it happens.

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