What is actually stopping you from adoptingcloud? Could you get business benefits and are you ready?
Research from Longhaus shows interest in enterprise cloud has grown in Australia, but adoption rates have slowed. Part of the problem may be that when it comes to researching cloud services, some businesses don’t know what they need. There are also those creeping concerns about cost model and security.
To get a better handle on where you sit on the cloud adoption fence, we’ve developed a list of questions to help you consider if you are ready for the cloud today.
Is cloud right for you?
1. Are you already using cloud services (e.g. hotmail, SalesForce, iTunes, etc.) and are you satisfied with them?
If so, perhaps it is time to consider other areas for which you could leverage cloud for expanded business benefit.
2. Is sharing secure infrastructure OK or will all hardware need to be owned by you?
There are a number of types of cloud – private cloud, for example, shares underlying infrastructure but keeps your data in-country and is financially backed by SLAs.
3. Is cloud going to positively impact your business value?
If your business size ebbs and flows with the market, calendar year or acquisitions, cloud presents the unique benefit of only paying for the infrastructure you need when you need it.
4. Would you like your IT team to be more strategic?
A private managed cloud allows you to realise the business benefits of cloud whilst also leaving the pain of basic infrastructure management to the professionals, allowing your IT team to focus on strategic goals such as business integration and expansion.
What cloud is right for you?
5. Are data sovereignty and privacy laws important?
If they are, Australian private cloud providers could be a great answer. Your data is hosted in locally-owned and managed data centres that ensure your data never leaves Australian soil.
6. Is data security of importance?
If you are concerned about the security of your data, perhaps a private cloud could provide some peace-of-mind. Whilst there is still some infrastructure sharing, this is kept at the low-level infrastructure layer, providing you with dedicated virtual machines that share no data with other customers in the cloud.
7. Do you need or have you thought about integration of cloud into your IT strategy?
Many businesses are investing in hybrid solutions, moving infrastructure that makes sense to the cloud whilst keeping some equipment in-house. With a flexible private cloud vendor, integration and migration remain under your control, allowing you to build your IT strategy without being shoehorned into a “one-size-fits-all” solution.
8. Are you looking for a public, enterprise or hybrid cloud solution?
There are a number of variants to the cloud paradigm, and understanding the benefits and limitations of each is important when forming your overall cloud strategy.
9. Have you streamlined your IT processes to build a foundation for adopting cloud?
Even if you don’t have cloud on your immediate agenda, if it’s on your long-term horizon, there are considerations to take into your current strategy to position yourself in the future.
10. Is self-provisioning important to you?
Do you wish to have the ability to provision or de-provision your own virtual servers? If so, ensure that your cloud vendor offers this service.
11. Are you looking for IT transformation as part of a cloud transition?
A lot of businesses are finding that moving from traditional hardware to cloud is a good opportunity to upgrade or transform their IT solution at the same time. This could involve upgrading some parts of your existing environment during migration, or building an entirely new infrastructure within the cloud and migrating user data. Both options are available from flexible private cloud vendors.
12. Are you seeking additional IT solutions besides cloud services?
Do you wish to partner with an IT outsourcer that is capable of providing both your cloud computing needs and managed services across a broader spectrum of IT services? If so, partnering with an IT supplier as opposed to a “cloud-specific” vendor opens up your options for both immediate and future business requirement changes.
If you are an enterprise-level business looking for a local provider to manage your cloud and/or provide other IT solutions under a user-friendly, flexibly-priced agreement, Datacom cloud services can help. Get in touch with us to find out about our range of options.