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What CIOs Need to Know Before Going to the Cloud

Clement Goh, Managing Director Southeast Asia, Equinix | April 15, 2016
Equinix's Clement Goh discusses some things for CIOs to consider before they make the big jump in embracing the cloud.

This vendor-written piece has been edited by Executive Networks Media to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favour the submitter's approach.

There's no doubt the cloud can have a transformative effect on organisations, enabling them to ramp up and scale applications, as well as deliver new business and IT service initiatives quickly and efficiently.

In fact, according to a study by Rackspace, no geographic region is set to accelerate its cloud uptake more than APAC, where companies expect to use an average of four to five cloud service providers by 2018.

However, embracing the cloud isn't as straightforward as it is sometimes made out to be. Here are some things for CIOs to consider before they make the big jump.

Know Your Cloud

Cloud services can vary greatly, with users often left clueless as to what happens to their data after they hand it over to their provider. So before you make the shift to cloud, it is essential to consider where your data will be stored, who is managing the solutions and how well they can harness their technology, virtualised or otherwise, to deliver cloud services, scalability and security. You also need to consider how you and your users will interconnect to those services and if this will impact their experience.

Get interconnected

Using the internet to connect your corporate data centre to a multitude of dispersed cloud services and making sure this data can be rapidly distributed for security and management purposes, is a recipe for high network costs, poor user experiences and possible security risks. Choose a provider that can place your infrastructure in close proximity not only to cloud services, but network providers, business partners and globally dispersed users. This will result in better performance, better security, a superior user experience and money saving in the long run.

Increasing interconnection between services is fast becoming a priority for enterprises. According to Equinix's Enterprise of the Future survey, the number of interconnected enterprises worldwide is expected to more than double by 2017 to 84%. This drive towards greater interconnection is already having a significant bottom-line impact on businesses and markets; amongst Singaporean companies that have already embraced interconnection, 14 per cent have already realised more than $10 million in revenue opportunities and cost savings.

Don't Get Locked In

Working with cloud providers can be a learning process; the one who seems perfect today, may be outdated by tomorrow. With each application bringing its own  performance requirements, no generic cloud service can meet the needs of every workload permutation of today's enterprises. As a result, more organisations are moving towards a hybrid, multi-cloud strategy that may involve using multiple interconnected public and private cloud services to deliver a single enterprise service. Why is this important?

 

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