The cloud is currently one of the biggest trends in IT. How can you take advantage of it and what are the likely challenges you will face when integrating your cloud services?
In this blog, we’ll look at some areas where cloud integration and interoperability are making significant strides forward; and some areas where there’s still a lot of work to be done.
The data doesn’t lie. The world is moving to the cloud.
The cloud is here to stay. It’s time to learn how to harness its power and integrate it into your business operations, whether you’re a small startup or a Fortune 500 company. The data doesn’t lie: Cloud adoption rates are growing faster than ever, with more than half of businesses already adopting some form of cloud technology.
The cloud has become the go-to solution for businesses across all industries and regions–and it’s not just big companies that are seeing the benefits of this technology; small businesses have been using cloud computing solutions since their inception as well!
Why are so many businesses adopting a cloud-first strategy?
The cloud is a popular choice for many businesses and it is fact the fastest-growing segment of the IT market. Cloud computing offers numerous benefits over traditional on-premise solutions, such as:
- Flexible pricing models that fit your budget
- Easy access to new features and updates with minimal downtime
- Scalable capacity when you need it (and no more!)
- Increased cost savings
- Improved productivity through automation
- Easier employee collaboration as
- Seamless migration of workloads
What do you need to consider before adopting a cloud-first strategy?
Clouds are not islands: they’re interconnected and interoperable, multi-tenant, hybrid, elastic and flexible. They are agile enough to change with you but stable enough that you can count on them when it counts most.
it’s critical to understand how well your data is protected in the cloud environment you choose. In addition to protecting sensitive information from unauthorized access or exposure (e.g., through encryption), there are other steps you can take to ensure that your data remains safe by choosing providers who have established best practices for protecting customer information.
Cloud migration/hybrid integration platforms
As organizations move toward hybrid architectures–where some applications run on-premises while others reside in public clouds–they need tools that allow them to manage both environments seamlessly without impacting performance or user experience (UX).
These solutions include data replication technologies such as Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS), Identity Management System (IDMS) solutions like Okta + Ping Identity or Single Sign-On solutions like Azure AD B2B Connector + Salesforce Lightning Connector – all of which provide secure authentication between disparate systems over an encrypted channel without exposing sensitive information like passwords or other credentials during transmission
Clouds are not static
Cloud platforms are constantly changing, and many enterprises will need to migrate between them as the years progress. You can’t just pick one cloud and stick with it forever; you must be able to drive your car on different roads at different times of day, all while managing multiple destinations in mind (and making sure nobody cuts you off).
Cloud adoption will continue to grow in 2023, but it’s not all sunshine and roses.
There’s no doubt that cloud adoption will continue to grow in 2023, but there are challenges that must be overcome if organizations want to realize the full benefits of cloud-adoption.
- Cloud integration is still in its infancy, and as such there are no standards or interoperability between providers
- As more companies adopt cloud services, they will need to secure their data against threats like hackers and malware
- Performance and scalability issues must also be addressed before companies feel comfortable moving their applications into the cloud
- Multi-tenancy (the sharing of resources) is an area where improvements could be made so that multiple users can access information at the same time without slowing down performance or creating conflicts with each other
- The move from on-premises infrastructure to public cloud infrastructure–and vice versa.
- Navigating between multiple clouds over time as needs change or new cloud providers emerge.
How to pick a cloud service provider?
Cloud providers offer different types of services; public and private clouds, managed services or even hybrid solutions that mix both environments together. It is essential for enterprises to be able to choose from a variety of options while considering security, compliance, performance and other concerns
- Choose the right cloud provider for your needs. The choice of which vendor to use will depend on what services they offer and how well those services meet your business requirements.
- Is the provider certified by an independent third-party auditor as having met industry-recognized security standards such as ISO 27001:2013 or SSAE16 SOC2 Type II Exams (iTAP). These certifications indicate that companies have robust security controls in place so customers can feel confident about their data being protected when it’s stored with them–and know exactly what those controls are when they sign up with them. *
- Look into the performance characteristics. If you need high availability from day one, then this should be part of any evaluation process before signing up with any particular vendor because there may be additional costs associated with ensuring uptime during peak loads such as tax season or new product launches etc.
Create a list of your company’s most fundamental needs which can help you find a provider that is right for you. If you’d like a free consultation and would like to know more …