Do business drivers outweigh Cloud concerns?
One of our latest success stories is helping a client to save over £300K on their current IaaS contract with their existing supplier and establishing more client-centric contract terms with SLAs & KPIs to support their business needs. If savings like this can be made with existing suppliers, imagine the opportunities available to businesses that haven’t yet taken advantage of the opportunities that cloud services provide.
For many businesses, cloud computing offers an important part of the IT capabilities jigsaw they need in order to deliver business benefits. Whilst the adoption of cloud computing is now widespread, some of the original concerns about cloud still remain: access rights, data protection, governance, data location, supplier assurance and data security.
In light of how widespread the adoption of cloud now is, are these concerns still relevant? If we look at data security; once an organisation’s data is outside of the business, the control that IT and the organisation have over it is minimal, and in some cases it is even questionable where the data itself sits.
Classification of data is an important exercise to have carried out before an organisation contemplates handing their data over to a cloud provider. Risks to your company and customers’ information can only be mitigated if internal data has been properly classified and any sensitive data kept firmly within the organisation’s control: it is usually recognised that highly sensitive data does not have a place in the cloud.
When moving to cloud there is also a compromise to be made if you are selecting a standard service. Whilst these standard services may be best of breed, but in the cloud it means that you are getting the same as everyone else and any bespoke service offerings you are used to may be lost forever.
The point of commoditised cloud services is that they are off the shelf products and negotiations over contracts are few and far between, or end up costing a fortune. Instead it is a one-size-fits-all cookie cutter model and enterprises will need to come to terms with this when they opt for a commoditised cloud service.
Software licencing tends to be more complicated in the cloud than on premise, licencing implications can be confusing and areas to bear in mind are who will manage the licences, if software can be metered in the cloud and whether the licences are included in the cloud service. Some licensing models may even prevent you from putting certain applications in the cloud, in such instance if you need the application or system offsite, consider Co-Location solutions.
Despite security concerns we are embarking on a time when the economic and strategic advantages of moving into the cloud outweigh perceived disadvantages. Some drivers might be an inevitable move away from a legacy system, or the ability to provide a better performing and more responsive platform for the business. Some companies don’t want to be presented with a lot of choice: they just want a solid standard that can be built on top of and save the hassle of having to create that expensive and complex infrastructure themselves.
Cloud presents multiple opportunities to organisations: whether you want to be a marketplace leader or a faster follower, there are options available to all kinds of business cultures. Cloud provides a platform to become more successful through faster-enabled technology.
eXceeding has worked with a wide range of organisations to make sense of the fog that often surrounds cloud computing and identify the optimum services available to their business, including software licencing questions and advice on SaaS, IaaS and PaaS. If you would like to discuss which cloud services can best benefit your business, or make savings on your existing contracts.
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