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When we think
about what exactly “the cloud” is, often times people think of it as a space
designed strictly for backups of your data. This may have been the initial
advertising pitch of cloud service providers; however, in today’s world it has
become the norm for businesses to not only use the cloud for storage but also
for active workloads, running applications, and project development. This shift
continues to accelerate as cloud service providers offer ever more affordable,
flexible, and reliable service plans that can free up funds and avoid potential
pitfall spending for companies. With this massive and rapid growth, IT teams
have never been more challenged to adapt and grow within their roles.
Regardless of their formal education, cloud architecture and technologies continue
to develop each day. From a data management, accessibility, and cybersecurity
standpoint this means that your IT department needs to continuously be trained
and research best practices as your company adapts with these cloud platform
changes. For example, businesses need to determine which cloud server model
makes the most sense (both cost wise and usage wise) for their companies. This
might mean using public cloud, private cloud, multi-cloud, or a hybrid cloud
model. In addition to this, with more applications running in cloud computing
environments, security needs to be customized to ensure these newly found
applications aren’t vulnerable to data breaches – as often times applications
offer less out of the box security than some storage methods.
about cloud infrastructure itself, this is a concept that businesses need to
have a clear understanding of before building out their plans. In general
terms, cloud infrastructure refers to the hardware and software components that
are needing to support the requirements for a given cloud computing model.
These are things such as servers, storage capacity, network capabilities, and
additional virtualization software. These make up the “framework” for the
abstraction layer, which encompasses the software programs that enable logical
presentation of data and findings through the application interfaces used to
analyze your businesses data. Depending on your business’s needs these aspects
of the overall cloud infrastructure may vary. For example, you may need more
flexibility in your storage capacity since your sales data varies greatly by
season and you don’t want to avoid excessively high costs year-round. Other
things may remain constant, such as dedicated virtualization and applications
focused on providing specific analytics and predictions.
So, now that
we know where the cloud currently stands this begs the question of what can we
expect next? The cloud-based environment we see today has grown rapidly as the
needs of business in the era of big data have continued to grow exponentially.
With the advancement in fields like computing, data science and predictive
analytics, the need for cloud adaptation and adoption to a cloud first
mentality will continue as well. IT teams will need to constantly be on the
look-out for ways to enhance their company’s usage of the cloud with a growing
number of applications that are built solely for usage in the cloud platform.
The days of adapting legacy style software for cloud usage will likely be
coming to an end. Thus, companies will need to consider which legacy software
will need to be replaced and ensure their companies train employees across the
board, bottom up, so that these transitions can be as smooth as possible.
cloud-based environments and cloud applications have experienced incredibly
rapid growth within the last decade, we are near to realizing the full peak or
potential of their capabilities. There is no doubt that within the next five to
ten years there will be additional massive innovations that change the ways
businesses perceive and utilize cloud-based environments, applications, data
storage, and system backups. Thus, regardless of where your company is at in
terms of a fresh startup or a long standing business, you’ll need to carefully
evaluate the ways in which you utilize the cloud as it is – to determine where
optimizations, adoptions, and adaptations can happen so that you’ll always be
prepared for what’s to come.
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