Moving your business to the cloud opens the door to many benefits, from reducing overall spend to enjoying a more scalable IT infrastructure. But what about the potential challenges involved – what issues might arise and, if they do, what’s the best way to deal with them?
Privacy issues are a major concern for any business considering moving to the cloud. It’s quite natural to want reassurances that the sensitive data you store in the cloud is going to be well protected. When you’re choosing your cloud provider ask what steps they take to ensure the privacy and security of your data. Some common practices include using encryption and implementing secure protocols when data is exchanged between servers. The reality may be that your data is actually more secure by moving it to the cloud than anywhere else.
Loss of access to data and services
If you’re reliant on cloud services for data storage and services then losing access could be seriously problematic. However, most cloud providers recognise this as a major concern for customers and, as a result, continuity is a top priority. Cloud providers deal with issues like this by using solutions such as multiple server locations and extensive back ups.
The cost management switch
When you begin to integrate the cloud into your business operations you will need to adjust to a new way of thinking in terms of cost. The 2017 State of the Cloud Survey found that 30 to 45% of budgets that are allocated to the cloud can end up being wasted. So, when it comes to moving to the cloud it’s important to get to grips with how to optimise what you’ve allocated to spend.
Difficulty defining ROI
As with any intangible system it’s often difficult to determine where the return on investment is coming from. To work around this, a clear roadmap is required where a cloud move is imminent so that you can get the most out of your investment.
Integrating the cloud can present some initial challenges, both with respect to the way systems interact with each other and the workflows that are currently in place. In order to ensure a satisfactory move to the cloud, integration needs to be simple and cost effective. Make sure that existing applications can be scaled to the new environment and create a comprehensive integration plan.