The jury is out on cloud it can save your organisation a lot of money & less hassle not having to maintain on premise hardware especially for SMEs holding non-mission critical data but like anything in life it takes a mix, a balance...Which apps can go to the cloud? Which are mission critical / security sensitive that need to be in-house?
You may have subsidiary SaaS apps for accounting, messaging or communication, MS 365 or Google Docs for basic file storage but where is your core data held? Are you going to continue to manage infrastructure hardware on-site or put it to the Cloud & have someone else manage the hardware upgrades?
Do you have data sovereignty issues? Do you need to comply with the law of the land to where your data is held?
It begs major questions like what does our business depend on? What do we need ultimate control of? If we have a leak / hack / it makes front page news is our business over?
Do we want to have more control in-house so we’ll run our own data centers…For example if you’re a bank or have highly sensitive data that your customers want to know you have complete control & ownership of - it can be essential and a very good selling point.
Security of personal data has never been so important with the Cambridge Analytica / Facebook scandal making such big news in recent times with people becoming a lot more aware of data privacy....
I guess like anything it comes down to assessing, managing & mitigating risk…
A few conversations I’ve had over the past few years have mentioned some of the good things & bad things about each of the most popular cloud services in the universe….It’s typically been Azure v. AWS but now with Google Cloud and other providers snapping at the heals there's lots to consider....
Gartner predicts the IaaS market will explode to a $53 billion market by next year so what exactly is IaaS?
IaaS is a model where a third-party provider hosts and maintains core infrastructure, including hardware, software, servers and storage on behalf of a customer. This typically includes the hosting of applications in a highly scalable environment, where customers are only charged for the infrastructure they use.
With AWS starting its cloud services in 2006 it has managed to take a huge 40% of market share globally with MS, IBM & Google making up 23% combined.
But depending on what you go for will depend on your individual requirements and relationships within the business. Different parts of the business may choose different cloud providers to do different things. It’s almost become it’s own skill set ‘3rd party management’ and a key skill in that - choosing & managing your cloud provider. It can be a key part of business strategy and why we have CIOs sitting on the top table now.
May the Cloud be with you....
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I'm Paul, Founder & Principal Consultant of Sunstone, an IT Recruitment & HR company specialising in recruiting IT roles within software, web, mobile, development & networks in Christchurch & South Island of New Zealand.