Cloud-based data management will help businesses repurpose manpower as well as move more efficiently day-to-day. Source: Shutterstock

Cloud-based data management will help businesses repurpose manpower as well as move more efficiently day-to-day. Source: Shutterstock

3 things to think about when moving your data center to the cloud

Modern businesses survive and thrive when they use cloud computing to enhance their digital infrastructure.

Cloud computing provides businesses with quick and instant access to their operations, no matter where they are0. The new-age convenience is unparalleled to what traditional, on-premise data centers can offer.

In addition, the cloud will help reduce spending significantly as the biggest expense item in a traditional, on-premise data center is the maintenance of aging applications.

Benefits of cloud computing include automating many moving parts of the business. So, this will help businesses repurpose manpower as well as move more efficiently day-to-day.

For businesses that haven’t already, it is an eventual move to transform how data is stored in the digital age. Here are some of the considerations that organizations successfully moving to the cloud have made in advance of their migration:

#1 | Set up a private cloud

Organizing several clouds requires centralized management. So, a private cloud infrastructure is most suitable when it comes to operations management.

Some workloads and data sets also require more security than others, which means it is not ideal to put them into a public cloud infrastructure.

The task of setting up a private cloud system for the company can be either in-house or outsourced. Though, what’s important is to identify the right user requirements.

This is so that the architect can recommend the right software and transformation plan and avoid hiccups on the transition journey.

#2 | Incorporate the DevOps culture

Obviously, claiming ownership on a piece of technology does not make a business tech-savvy.

Setting up a private cloud is only the first step.

After that, the business will need to commit to a mutual understanding that fits the new cloud infrastructure the best.

Operations will need to ensure developers have ready and easy access to their resources. Likewise, developers will need to understand operations thoroughly to develop a system that’s highly modular, scalable, and easy to debug.

At the initial stage or every now and then, the teams should have alignment meetings just to keep tab of one another.

#3 | Use the private cloud as a control center

Cloud systems are like remote controls for management teams. The uniformity of management on the cloud system can also be automated.

Though to achieve a virtually zero-touch administration, the company’s decision maker will need to first determine key applications moving forward.

This part may be slightly more time-consuming but a well-thought-out system will most definitely pose fewer risks to the operations. In fewer words, if a business can achieve these three steps, it can successfully transform its legacy, on-premise data center.

Cloud computing is not just a fad in the business technology world. It’s a matter of survival now.

Businesses with greater mobility will win. And that can be accomplished by first moving the business’ data center to the cloud.

According to Gartner, the worldwide public cloud services market is projected to grow 17.5 percent in 2019 to total US$214.3 billion, up from US$182.4 billion in 2018.

“Cloud services are definitely shaking up the industry. At Gartner, we know of no vendor or service provider today whose business model offerings and revenue growth are not influenced by the increasing adoption of cloud-first strategies in organizations,” explained Gartner Research VP Sid Nag.

“What we see now is only the beginning, though. Through 2022, Gartner projects the market size and growth of the cloud services industry at nearly three time the growth of overall IT services,” concluded Nag.