Some of the biggest companies in the world are implementing and investing in cloud technology; business empires such as Coca-Cola, Pricewaterhousecoopers, HTC and even the NSA are already in the cloud.
While businesses are beginning to understand that the forecast is cloud computing, there still remains anxiety as to how to transition from legacy systems.
These anxieties are rooted in lack of knowledge, skills and expertise, as well as concerns as to the security of the cloud. As a result, many businesses are losing out on the advantages that cloud computing can offer, and five or ten years will see these businesses playing catch-up.
How can businesses smoothly implement change?
The first step in implementing change is to discover the needs of your business and how it can benefit from cloud technology. Collect internal data and determine the aspects of your business that can be improved through the cloud.
Decide on a deployment model
When transitioning to the cloud, it is important to decide carefully on the deployment model that will be most effective for your business. There are three main types of deployment models, including Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS).
IaaS gives your business the keys when it comes to network and system infrastructure, applications and data, while the cloud vendor remains in control of the physical or virtual infrastructure.
Where PaaS is implemented, the cloud provider will manage the entire infrastructure, while data content and applications will be provided by the business.
SaaS, most commonly chosen by small businesses, involves a full-scale service where the cloud vendor will provide an entire service ranging from the infrastructure to the application. Businesses need only add to the data and access it.
Choose a trusted service provider
When searching for cloud vendors, it is essential to choose a provider that will cater to your particular business needs whilst providing an exemplary level of security. Cloud data centres that are certified as a Tier IV facility will provide the highest security.
Since cloud technology will inevitably form a large part of business operations in the near future, it is important that businesses overcome any anxieties over the technology. Through careful planning and scrupulous research, the cloud can be implemented smoothly and harmlessly.
For more info on the cloud, see this article on the future of cloud technology.