Just how much should we be moving to the cloud?

It’s a question many businesses are asking as they evaluate their IT options. Established businesses could be looking to move to the cloud while start-ups may want to embrace it from the outset.

The good news is that cloud computing has been around for a while now, but developments in technology as well as changes to the way in which businesses are run means it’s constantly evolving and changing. What’s more, there is no one size fits all approach.

So, whether your company already uses IT cloud services in London or is looking to make the leap, there are a few things you need to bear in mind, according to a recent article for IT Pro Portal.

 

Tips for adoption

For those who have not yet fully embraced cloud computing, the biggest challenge to adoption is likely to be the migration process. The same article described this as a “critical process” and offered some advice on how best to approach it.

Businesses should start by “moving the least-critical and best-suited cloud applications first to test the waters and help work out any issues as the process advances”. It’s a process that requires a lot of planning.

 

Edge computing

Edge computing is a term receiving a lot of media coverage in discussions about the cloud. This refers to storing and processing data either on your premises or in centres that are physically closer than the cloud. Users experience far less latency and, subsequently, faster and better service. It can also reduce data transport requirements, thereby saving network bandwidth costs and avoiding data storage proliferation.

 

Hybrid cloud solutions

A post for Computer World also highlighted a growing momentum for hybrid cloud solutions, which allow firms to continue to host some applications in their data centres in a private cloud, while embracing the public cloud for others.

Stephan Fabal, director of product management at Canonical, explained the main reasons organisations prefer a multi or hybrid cloud approach is to avoid being tied to a single vendor and to have greater flexibility to use the most appropriate cloud for different departments or applications.

 

Where are you with the cloud?

As this short article shows – there are a number of considerations and it’s not uncommon to have more questions than answers – as Nick Maxwell, MD of Stellarise explains.

“Many companies are likely to have non-cloud systems and are looking for how they move to the cloud. They perceive that there is value there, but are not sure what they should be doing. While the benefits can be huge in terms of efficiency and cost savings, the pace of change means they can spend valuable time looking at the options.”

Nick adds, “At Stellarise we start this conversation around growth so it becomes strategic – once we know what our clients want to achieve, we can quickly identify the technology they’ll need – and moving to the cloud is no different.”

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