Transitioning to Cloud Computing might not be (currently) easy,
but it’s worth it, here’s why…
It’s all over the internet, on TV; used by your university, your local government, and perhaps even many of the businesses you rely on for various goods and services. We are of course, talking about cloud computing; which is fast becoming “the” IT infrastructure model of the future. However, despite its acceptance and popularity by large sectors of business, and being embraced by the population to deliver entertainment media, cloud computing “still has some growing up to do” (as the saying goes). Right now, there are perhaps thousands of organizations and institutions which would love to implement cloud technologies but are perhaps not willing to take the chance.
The biggest hurdle facing the cloud computing industry today is getting organizations to enter the transitional phase. Part of the reason why people seem apprehensive about jumping head first into cloud computing has to do with the fact that it is not, as of yet, a perfect discipline. This is to say that there is a great deal of uncertainty as to whether or not it might even be possible for certain businesses to implement “the cloud”. When some group attempts to implement a cloud transition today, there is no definitive model which dictates a strict plan-of-action. In other words, cloud computing is lacking a fully explored methodology for establishing a new infrastructure. Of course there are individuals seeking to produce just such a guide, but it may not be available for some time, which doesn’t really help those seeking to implement their own cloud computing infrastructure in the present.
Does this mean that you should give up and wait for more formal processes of cloud transition to be created? Absolutely not! The hidden truth here is that organizations which are establishing cloud infrastructures right now are setting themselves up to be major competitors in their respective markets. This is especially true for businesses. Likewise, universities and governmental institutions are engaging cloud computing now in order to curtail runaway budgets and deal with the internal challenges that they will face in the coming decades. Businesses however, are the stars of the cloud computing show because they are (or will be) using its technology to forge new services, producing better systems for conducting daily operations, and creating new ways of reaching customers.
When you step back and look at everything from a big picture perspective (cloud computing, its popularity and influence), you begin to notice that there are examples of cloud computing in use in every sector utilizing technology.
This applies to:
- Delivery of entertainment, media, and gaming to the average consumer
- Businesses upgrading IT assets in order to increase productivity, efficiency while saving capital
- Governmental organizations which are concerned with cutting energy consumption costs while improving inter-office communications and abilities
- Military institutions which see cloud computing as the next logical step in the technological evolution of computing / networking in general
The absolute bottom line is that cloud computing is going to be globally implemented on a very large scale at some point and those businesses and organizations who are transitioning into it right now will become leaders. Even if you own a company and don’t plan on using cloud computing in a competitive fashion (at first), you should be aware of the fact that other organizations will; this is especially true if you are in an industry which is centered around or based on IT / computing technology. Businesses that simply rely on extensive IT assets in order to conduct their operations should also be aware of both the huge potential they have right under their nose. Once again, the way it has usually worked in the past is “first come, first served”; given the speed with which cloud computing is being adopted, it’s probably best to jump in ASAP.
When it comes to actually transitioning to the cloud, there will be issues that need to be dealt with. The best way of approaching this task is to either hire a specialist team to aid in the cloud transition and / or have your entire IT department cloud certified. Once you’ve established your cloud infrastructure / system you’re still going to need qualified personnel to maintain and manage it. Given the fact that there are truly extraordinary (and highly affordable) e-learning programs available which your IT workers can complete online, you have no reason not to jump at the opportunity.
While there are risks associated with transitioning to cloud computing infrastructure, they can be undermined with some careful planning. For example, many organizations have legacy applications / software / components which are more or less integral to the ongoing success of their business. Now, these legacy components can be essentially copied, transferred and deployed as individual services in cloud computing. Likewise, a good transition strategy is to build your cloud while keeping your core infrastructure intact, ensuring continuous, uninterrupted service across the board.