5 Prerequisites of Deploying Cloud Technology

by Sawaram Suthar    Apr 12, 2016

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In my current scenario, cloud computing is on the rise and is all set to dominate the market. A majority of organisations have adopted or are planning to adopt the cloud technology due to its multiple benefits, including the vital role it plays in reducing operating costs as well as expenditures. However, to get the maximum benefit, it is very important to ensure a smooth transition.

Cloud computing enables companies to store and access data and programs over the internet instead of on the hard drive of the computer. It allows the companies to use computing resources as a utility, eliminating the need to build and maintain an in-house infrastructure. The cloud is metaphorically compared to the internet because it serves as a white, inflated cloud, accepting connections and distributing the information while floating.

Cloud computing platforms are gaining in popularity and are becoming more attractive because they allow businesses to quickly access the hosted private and public resources without any of the complexities associated with purchases, integration and deployment of a physical infrastructure. However, cloud deployments can consume the same amount of planning and designing as the on-premises system would take. Hence, cloud computing platforms should only be deployed after proper planning and after analysis of all the situations.

Here are 5 prerequisites that need to be considered before deploying the cloud technology:

1. Integration with data center management tool

It is of primary importance that cloud management providers must be able to integrate with the traditional IT systems and meet all of the requirements of the data center. They should be capable of leveraging the hardware, the virtualization as well as all software solutions. The newly-developed cloud should be able to access the data from the existing infrastructure of the data center. There are multiple tools used for customer care, billing, provisioning and system management which cannot be replaced with the cloud management solutions. This is why it is important that there should be an open application that interfaces and can integrate with the existing operations.

 2. Data security

Providing necessary security for customer’s and their applications is of crucial importance. The cloud service provider should be able to provide better security than the company. The security in the cloud has to be much superior as a result of tcentralized monitoring, centralized authentication testing, activity logging and better security and software systems. Providing good data security is the key toward success and providers invest a lot in providing security for the data. Customers are very sceptical about data security since the data will be residing on the public cloud. There should be a proper Security Risk Management Plan in place to secure customer’s data. For example, AWS is a collection of cloud computing services that make up the on-demand computing platform offered by Amazon.com. Running the solutions on the AWS cloud can get the applications up and running faster. Simultaneously, it provides a very high level of security that organizations like Pfizer, Intuit and the US Navy are relying on for their services.

 3. Prepare the rollout strategy

Shifting to cloud technology can make things easier, but the transition can also prove to be difficult. This is why it is very important to have a roll-out strategy prior to deploying the cloud technology. Proper evaluation should be done regarding the ways in which employees, partners and customers can access the information. All the features should not be rolled out at once as the deployment should be done in pieces. It is rightly-stated by Amelia Generalis (head of talent for Anaplan, an integrated business planning software provider) that if all the features are rolled out at once then it becomes difficult for the end-users to absorb. In order to reduce the bottleneck, implementation should ideally be done during the slow periods.

4.  Prepare the network for the cloud

It is very important to make the network “cloud ready” before making the plunge. The network is the most essential factor for an effective cloud experience, no matter whether it is hybrid, public or private. In order to reap optimum utilization of resources, the network needs to be near-perfect for the cloud. The network used to access the cloud but today, the network within the cloud is as equally-important to the cloud approach. Generally organisations don’t give priority to the network so network planning is left until the end. In recent research, it was discovered that over 70% of the organisations had to change their network infrastructure to support the cloud. In order to avoid such complications at a later stage, it is important to consider network planning earlier.

5. Contract and vendor negotiation

Debuting cloud technology would require the firm to work with the cloud providers and indulge in negotiations pertaining to the agreement. They should be able to negotiate about the service-level agreements and availability. They should also be able to select the finest vendor to take proper responsibility and fix the things at the times of outage or when the system is underperforming. The interactions with the cloud vendors and the contractors will become more frequent after deploying cloud computing; therefore it is important to have individuals who are good at negotiating skills. 

To conclude, cloud computing is ruling the market as small as well as large enterprises are moving towards it. Cloud computing not only helps to improve efficiency but also increases the cash flow for the company. However, to ensure optimum results, it is mandatory to ensure proper planning prior to deploying the cloud technology.

(Sawaram Suthar is a digital marketing geek. Currently, he is a marketing consultant at Skyward Techno Inc that provides CRM and ERP. You can reach him @sawarams or via his blog thenextscoop.com)