The Open Data Center Alliance reported that organizations are rapidly moving their online databases to the cloud, and that trend is expected to continue for at least the foreseeable future. More than 50 percent of respondents planned to move at least 40 percent of their organizational infrastructures to private cloud services by 2015, while 25 percent said they will implement public cloud applications.
While the reasons companies are moving their servers online may differ – security and sales productivity were two of the most popular, for instance – the movement is affecting most of them.
Here are some things to keep in mind before making the switch.
1. Research: While this sounds like common sense, companies often invest in a cloud package before doing their “due diligence.” An Osler Insights blog stressed that organizations should study everything, from how reliable a cloud vendor’s reputation is to whether its services meet their particular business needs.
2. Analyze costs: An Executive Insight blog pointed to cost-efficiency as one of the top advantages of cloud computing, both in terms of software and labor. Cloud-based services tend to be extremely flexible as well, and can be upgraded easily as opposed to requiring IT leaders to purchase new software.
3. Specialization: Cloud applications can be scaled “up or down,” meaning companies can purchase specifically what they need rather than buying expensive software packages with a lot of applications that go unused. They can also be re-adjusted more easily in the future if an organization decides it no longer needs a particular application.