These days, many enterprises are considering running their production workloads in the cloud – to save money, time and resources, boost innovation, and increase speed and flexibility.
But to realise these benefits, you need to do it right.
There are many new capabilities that fundamentally change the way we approach this technology, and if you want to maximise the benefit of these capabilities, it’s important to consider these from many perspectives – strategic, design, operational, governance, and security to name a few.
So, before you start running production workloads in the cloud, make sure you check the following.
Security & Compliance
We’ve seen companies in the news recently for inadvertently making their data available on the internet through misconfiguration. Public cloud environments are a big target for hackers, so it’s important you have security as an underlying principle for all cloud deployments. Fortunately, cloud offers many capabilities to deliver a secure, compliant platform that exceed anything you can do on premise today – but these need to be designed, implemented and maintained. It’s one thing to start with a secure platform but you need to implement monitoring to ensure it remains secure and compliant with the desired security requirements.
Connecting to the cloud means changes to the existing network, with new technologies that internal network teams don’t necessarily understand. When moving a workload to the cloud, it’s vital to consider what changes need to be made to ensure a highly available, secure cloud connection that delivers consistent access from everywhere in the business. This is critical because a highly available, high performing, highly secure workload in the cloud is useless if the users cannot connect to it!
Cloud computing governance is a view of IT governance focused on accountability, defining decision rights and balancing benefit or value, risk, and resources in an environment embracing cloud computing. Cloud computing governance creates business-driven policies and principles that establish the appropriate degree of investments and control around the lifecycle process for cloud computing services.
New capabilities in the cloud platform can fundamentally change the design and architecture for a workload. High availability that may have been cost-prohibitive in the past can now be built into the design for minimal increased cost. Technology shifts such as moving to Platform-As-A-Service (PaaS) can significantly reduce costs, reduce complexity and increase performance. It’s important you have an overarching high level design framework to allow others to follow for future workloads in a consistent manner, and update this as the technology and business requirements evolve.
The introduction of new technologies changes the way IT operates these workloads. We see many internal IT teams struggling to shift to a service-oriented delivery model, and team members raising concerns that this shift will reduce their value to the organisation or threaten their job security. The cloud gives a great opportunity to leverage new tools, skills and processes – but the internal IT team must be taken on this journey to ensure success. Often our customers will outsource this operational requirement whilst undergoing retraining and restructuring to ensure business outcomes can be met without delaying timeframes.
In order to maximise the value from cloud investments, customers should consider the cloud as a platform for future production-ready environments – not just a place to drop the first workload. By following these recommendations, you can move faster and continue to move future workloads with confidence, delivering more value to your organisation.
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