Cloud Computing is the latest buzz and now entering into technology mainstream. The majority of enterprises are either exploring, and if they haven’t done so already, eager to adopt the various facets of cloud computing for their businesses. There are others who are sitting on the ledge wondering what cloud computing can do for them and how they can fully implement it, so it’s not a matter of if, but when. This brings us to the point where we may be on the cusp of mass mainstream adoption.
But to get to this point however, there may be a few things to consider. Considerations such as transparency in the exact processes and the technology of a particular vendor. There are other issues listed below which needs to be discovered before you can take full advantage of cloud computing.
Building a cloud computing protocol would initially require a strategy. The first is to make sure that the cloud initiatives are kept afloat by creating a vision. So your intention should be building a workable plan by determining if you’ll run into any potential roadblocks down the road. Then determine how you can overcome them.
Options For Clouds
So where do you begin, a public cloud, a private cloud or somewhere in between. You need to decide if you want to implement one or all of them. What is the best solution for the size or type of your organization, and how do you determine that.
First off, how much do you accept and feel secure when it comes to virtualization. Do you still have servers cranking away in the backroom of your business, or do you have a firm grasp on what you have and what’s available out there.
Are you still in the development stages where cloud computing just became apparent to you and is now an issue and a viable option for your IT staff. Are you familiar with topics such as cloud bursting or virtual DR.
The Culture Of Your Enterprise
Is your company ready to adopt and use a cloud based strategy. Do you know the prime indicators to alert your IT staff when they’re looking for a cloud solution. How willing is your staff able to assist in taking this process from a vision towards full execution.
IT Staff Adoption
Once you begin using a cloud computing strategy, how does the roles of your IT staff in your organization change. Are these changes drastic. Do you have the in-house expertise that you’ll need in place already. Would the structure or the hierarchy of your organization change, and if so, how much.
If your organization does things in a certain way, are you able to fully adapt your current processes so it can support the nuances of virtualization. How much would you have to revisit, rewrite or revise your process policies.
With all of the newer cloud computing vendors which are popping up everywhere on a seemingly daily basis, how do you exactly decide which vendor is the right fit for you.
What’s the process of assessing the strengths as well as the weaknesses of the various services. How are they able to tailor their services into your current IT structure.
What features makes a good strategic cloud computing partner which will take you down the proper cloud computing path right now, while adapting with you as new processes or technology emerges.
You need to take these issues into account if you’re wanting to get past the “buzz” as well as the hype which cloud computing is currently creating. You need to do your due diligence by getting unbiased opinions and participating in open discussions. You need to determine what exactly is the “cloud” and what it can really do for your organization.
You’ll need to familiarize yourself with topics such as the basic definition of cloud computing along with the various cloud concepts. You need to make sure that you’re on the same page with your IT staff, to be able to take full advantage of all the emerging new technologies.
You need to be aware of advanced concepts such as Cloud Services Management and Cloud Services Catalogs, Delegated Administration, IT Services and Self Service.
Fully and immediately jumping into the cloud without a parachute is not recommended. You need to learn by exchanging ideas and concerns regarding prices and security, questions regarding complete cloud adoption.
Generate experiences as well as the best practices on how virtualization has had an impact on your enterprise and the method on how you now deliver IT services.