Cloud services can be a lifesaver for businesses that need to increase IT capacity or capabilities quickly without the expense of purchasing additional network infrastructure, licensing software, and training staff. New research from Virtustream, an enterprise focused cloud computing company reports that the majority of U.S. businesses are currently using some form of cloud service. Small to medium sized businesses can take advantage of the pay-per-usage pricing model used by most cloud vendors.
Cloud computing relies on sharing computing resources rather than using local network servers or personal devices to handle applications. By using large groups of servers to spread data-processing tasks across them, the IT infrastructure works as a shared network environment with multiple systems that are linked together. In this situation, users access applications, data or services via the Internet, instead of your local hard drive or server. These services are typically delivered on an as-needed, or pay-per-use, business model.
Cloud Services Flexibility
Cloud based networks have the ability to scale the capacity as computing needs change so that users only pay for the capacity used. Cloud service providers can quickly and easily add or remove, storage space or processing power, as needed by their customers. This allows users to leverage powerful computing systems without owning expensive network hardware. This scalable and flexible aspect of cloud-computing resources levels the playing field for many businesses.
The report by Virtustream, indicates that the growth in cloud services within business IT environments has many organizations using multiple cloud providers simultaneously, causing problems with interoperability. Additionally, there have recently been increasing discussions in the OpenStack project about the lack of interoperability and compatibility between the various deployments of the open source platform.
What is OpenStack?
OpenStack is an open-source cloud computing software platform used to build and manage cloud services for public and private networks. The project is basically a cloud based operating system that controls large pools of network resources and is managed on a dashboard through a web interface. The OpenStack is managed by a non-profit organization, the OpenStack Foundation, which oversees the development of the project.
The fragmentation and lack of alignment amongst various OpenStack project deployments within the cloud industry is becoming a major concern for IT service providers. The best way to avoid expensive mishaps that come from these kinds of incompatibilities is to make sure that your organization and IT admin have a strategy to integrate cloud services into your current network infrastructure. With the proper cloud strategy in place your business can take advantage of cloud services while minimizing costs and reducing risk.
When it comes to choosing the best cloud services vendor for your business, there are many options to consider. Finding the right services and providers that work for your organization will require considering many factors to avoid any costly headaches in the future. Assessing the security and privacy policies for each type of cloud service is a good starting place for developing a comprehensive cloud strategy that will be able to meet your requirements.
Key Points to Address:
- Network security
- Network speed
- What cloud services can adapt to help transform your current network environment while accommodating future IT needs?
- Decide which applications should be cloud based and how your organization would gain from the change.
- How easily will your applications migrate to cloud?
- Which cloud solution works best for your requirements?
- What is the best method to maintain a secure data backup?
- Do you have a disaster recovery plan?
- Is your company prepared to support cloud integration?
- Do you need to consider using SaaS applications in combination with cloud services?
- How will you or your IT admin monitor and manage a cloud based IT environment?
In addition to these details there are many other factors to evaluate when deciding on a cloud vendor. The upcoming articles will discuss these along with the best way to manage these services.