More than ever, cloud systems have proven to have many advantages such as availability, agility or cost optimization. What is true when choosing a new application can raise questions when it comes to an existing application that we want to move to the cloud. Businesses (excluding IT) remain hesitant to start this type of operation, whether due to lack of resources, or due to difficulties in assessing risks and costs.
Although the pandemic and the hybrid work models it has imposed over the past two years have largely contributed to accelerating the transition to the cloud with the goals of gaining agility, efficiency and speed, many companies have still reluctant not to jump. Here are five recurring insights about moving to the cloud that need to be clarified in order to be finally eliminated.
1. Local data is more secure than in the cloud
When deploying on-premise and cloud applications, businesses must prioritize security, privacy, and compliance. When choosing a cloud service provider, it is important to think of them as an extension of the security team. The cloud service provider is committed to managing security and privacy 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It must ensure that relevant industry standards and data privacy obligations are met. The data will therefore be as secure in the cloud as it will be on the site. Although security is increasing among companies, clearly due to the nature of their business, cloud providers are implementing processes, procedures, and tools to address many challenges that mean they can be better armed than in the companies themselves.
2. Cloud means loss of control
Cloud service providers don’t want businesses to lose control of their applications and data. In fact, by moving to the cloud companies are gaining more control over their applications and data by establishing a clear service contract with the provider. Here again, the service contract between the company and the cloud provider can be more than just the promises made by the IT department to businesses. That said, companies also need to understand the different cloud deployment models: private, public or hybrid. To establish a successful partnership with a cloud provider, they need to define their organizational needs and ask themselves what information is available for whom and where, and what level of security will be implemented according to the type of information available. . They will also need to evaluate the resources and skills needed for this operation.
3. Lower infrastructure costs on the premises
Actually, there are many hidden costs that make on-premises solutions more expensive such as allocating infrastructure components, maintenance, upgrades, update cycles, security, privacy, overhead, and optimization. performance. Businesses should consider the total cost of ownership (TCO) of on-premises solutions versus moving to the cloud. Multiple cloud service providers include these operations in a monthly operating budget so companies can organize their resources and have predictable costs during the contract period. To help them, some cloud providers can support companies in assessing the feasibility of such an operation.
4. The IT team is not ready
Instead of imposing new IT skills, moving to the cloud allows them to focus on the core business of their business. It is the partner’s role to manage the transition, filling the gap in cloud skills for businesses. The partner provides the latest training and specialist skills that the business may lack. This typically includes assessing, planning, conducting migration, as well as integrating and ensuring continuous implementation and go-live. Key strategies to address the capability gap for the transition include training the current IT team, recruiting talent, and partnering with a managed service provider.
5. Cloud Migration Lacks Flexibility
Cloud service providers can work with businesses to determine the best plan for their specific needs. They offer flexible options for a successful and fixed transition. For example, an unprepared company might start by upgrading its applications to a version that is compatible with a cloud environment such as Docker. At the same time, this upgrade could standardize applications or possibly remove complex customizations to reduce cloud migration costs. Similarly, businesses can migrate to the cloud at their own pace without upgrading and thus benefit from cloud advantages such as a single level of service (SLA), streamlined processes and scalability. of responsibility while maintaining their current version of the software. Finally, it is possible to modernize applications to their latest version to deliver to businesses the combined advantages of regularly updated functionalities with the advantages of the cloud in terms of agility and optimization. cost.
It’s time to face reality. Businesses moving to the cloud maintain and enhance their security, maintain control over their data, and reduce their total cost of ownership simultaneously. So they are fully in line with the challenges of innovation and agility imposed by new hybrid work models.