The cloud is at the center of every organization’s digital transformation journey, even more so in the business environment disrupted by the pandemic, also known as the ‘new normal’. While most organizations adopted the cloud in one form or another before the pandemic, the trend has accelerated to a much larger scale in recent times. However, the business results of cloud deployments often vary among organizations. At the same time, some organizations may not even reap the desired benefits, or even the negative results, from the cloud. This brings us to one of the most burning questions for IT and business managers: How can one technology produce different results or no results for different organizations?
To find an answer to this, organizations must deliberate on the following two questions:
It is only when these fundamental questions are addressed and the myths around the cloud are shattered, that one can realize that the cloud as a technology is not a problem. Instead, it’s how organizations approach and deploy technology that defines business results. Thanks to all the hype around the cloud, organizations often have much higher expectations of the cloud. However, like any other technology, the cloud is intended to address specific business challenges; it is not a one-size-fits-all solution for all business IT needs. This awareness is all the more important as companies operate today in a very dynamic environment.
Let’s discuss what organizations need to ensure to get the most out of their cloud deployments.
Clearly define business objectives:
Before even considering the cloud, the first step begins by defining the business goals to be achieved. Once the results are clear, the next step is to explore the cloud use cases and determine if they can help achieve the desired results. Well-defined goals coupled with the right use case will help you measure success and establish a clear roadmap.
Identify what needs to go to the cloud: Identifying the right workloads to run in the cloud is critical to achieving the best performance. While some apps may be ready to migrate to the cloud, some apps may require modernization, while others may also require replacement. However, not all apps need a cloud migration. Evaluate your application portfolio and identify critical, business-critical, customer-facing, and non-critical applications. Key considerations include response time, latency, downtime for each workload.
Systematic cloud deployment is essential: Once the applications have been identified, the next crucial step is to approach cloud deployment in the right way, in a structured way. Prioritizing which apps to move first is the next big step. This is followed by understanding the architectural requirements. Data centers have been and continue to be at the heart of a company’s IT infrastructure, and most organizations already have a data center-centric network architecture. In such scenarios, a lift-and-shift approach leads to inefficiencies on various fronts and increased costs. Network and security reorganization is imperative for a well-planned transition, especially in an age of distributed workforce where data and applications are accessed from remote sites through endpoints and over networks. over which IT teams have little or no control.
Securing your cloud environment: Security is commonly cited as a concern in board discussions about cloud adoption. Whether an organization is in a highly regulated industry or not, no business can afford a cyberattack in today’s digital economy and security assessment becomes paramount in any cloud project. In the age of the cloud, security is a joint responsibility of customers and cloud service providers. When evaluating cloud service providers, some of the key considerations include identity and access management, automated threat detection tools, backup, and disaster recovery.
Deployment is not enough; cloud management is crucial: Your organization has successfully deployed the cloud, but what’s the next step? It is essential that the cloud environment operates transparently at all times. In traditional organizations where IT teams managed everything on-premises, the lack of cloud native skills can lead to manageability and operational complexities, thereby affecting performance. Additionally, in a business environment defined by customer experience and innovation, the monitoring and management of cloud infrastructure can affect your IT team’s focus on applications and innovation. Having the right cloud service provider with comprehensive management skills and capabilities can ensure seamless operations and relieve your IT teams of tedious tasks, especially in a hybrid multi-cloud environment.
– The author, Dr. Sayed Peerzade, is Executive Vice President and Chief Cloud Officer, Yotta Infrastructure. Opinions expressed are personal
(Edited by : Priyanka Deshpande)