Top 5 Mistakes when Embracing the Cloud
By: Jeff Castillo, country manager of Fortinet Philippines.
This year, cloud computing is definitely poised to gain importance among enterprises. Chief Information Officers are now convinced that when properly implemented, cloud computing can dramatically improve a firm’s agility and productivity while cutting infrastructure cost. Companies large and small will move significant parts of their operations to the cloud in the next one to two years.
Yet while every organization wants a piece of the cloud action, not all of them will get the results they desire. Here are the top five mistakes to avoid:
1. Not opting for the right cloud model
Companies moving to the cloud can choose from public clouds, private clouds, community clouds or hybrid clouds.
Public cloud: This is owned by a cloud provider and made available to the general public on a multi-tenant, pay-as-you-use basis.
Private cloud: This is owned and deployed by an organization for internal use as a single tenant.
Community cloud: This is cooperatively shared by a set of tenants, often from the same industry.
Hybrid cloud: This spans the cloud deployment models listed above, enabling applications and data to move easily from one cloud to the other.
Each type of cloud deployment offers its advantages. The factors to consider before adoption are the business criticality of the applications the firm wants to move to the cloud, regulatory issues, necessary service levels, usage patterns for the workloads and how integrated the application must be with other enterprise functions.
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