That's why enterprises need to leverage environments that enable them to connect to, ramp up and switch cloud services as easily as possible.
Think about Disaster Recovery
Disaster recovery (DR) should never be left to a single cloud provider; even if they have multiple DR locations, you are ultimately responsible for your data and leave yourself open to potential cloud service breaches or failures.
Harnessing the cloud for applications but keeping data private and backed up via a separate disaster recovery cloud provider is a far safer approach. By using two or more cloud providers to store your data or run your applications, you can ensure that if one service suffers downtime, the other will still be available to deliver data, applications and services to your users.
Don't hesitate to take advantage of the agility and scalability the cloud has to offer, but make sure that you first have an interconnected cloud strategy that maximises not only business agility, but cloud performance, security and disaster recovery.
Ask for Help
The combination of legacy IT infrastructure, staff with little cloud experience and a cloud provider with generic services can often lead to migration problems. IDC predicts that the cloud will bring about a shake-up in IT organisations, and by 2018, 65% of firms' IT assets will be offsite in colocation, hosting and cloud data centres, while one-third of IT staff will be those of third-party service providers. The message here is that it's well worth the cost to employ experienced cloud migration experts that can help you design, plan, test and deploy applications in real-world cloud environments.
In essence, the cloud comes with tremendous benefits, but like anything else, it's not without its challenges. So, it's best to know exactly what you're getting into beforehand and plan how to go about it the right way. Follow the steps listed above and you too can move one step closer to ensuring cloud success.
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