PCMAN – Since Cloud computing is still considered as a new technology scheme, new users will face several challenges while they operate the Cloud for the first time. Understanding some of the challenges might give users an idea on ways to overcome them when it happens to their business.
An existing business will most likely to already have its company culture. The way how IT department runs the system is most likely to be affected once a company decided to adopt cloud technologies.
Moving applications and data outside of the corporate firewall will be a challenge, and internal support will be needed. It is extremely important to educate every personnel within the company, that the new adoption of the Cloud technology will bring them to a greater good.
While moving to Cloud, existing applications, systems and data could be a mess. Creating a realistic inventory of existing system and processes needs to be done in order to run seamlessly without affecting the company’s productivity.
Decisions also need to be made whether the current applications and data systems should: stay where they are and maintained; moved to cloud architecture and frameworks; calls quit and retired; or re-implemented as cloud-native applications.
By having this realistic inventory, the company will make the most out of their cloud-based systems development and operational resources investment.
Understanding Cloud System Management
When the company understands the cloud system management fully, they will run a smoother cloud computing system. The cloud system management, orchestration, and automation will increasingly allow multiple data centers and multiple cloud infrastructures to be part of an overall Enterprise IT solution. This action will allow playing fields amongst the providers, and give more control they need to accelerate their business.
Potential Cloud Providers
IT managers should fully understand the network security, tenant isolation, and data security models from the cloud providers that they consider engaging with. These kinds of information should be asked before committing to a particular cloud provider.
Additional information such as CSP policies—which would determine the allowance of data sovereignty and regulatory compliance—should also be explored. Performance and uptime SLA agreements, support policies, and issues escalations are also important to be understood by the IT managers.
Security of Data
Companies need to walk through the cloud provider’s policies, technology, and remediation systems in detail to assure that the infrastructure meets their company’s requirements.
Finding the right automation and orchestration systems might be the challenge for the company, since it needs to provide the governance and points of control to the business. Having a tight security of data within the Cloud system is essential.