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4 considerations for successful cloud deployment

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Cloud storage and other cloud-based services involve a lot of planning on the part of the organisation adopting the solution. This way, the business will be able to explore all of its options and choose the offering that will best suit its needs and guide a path toward achieving goals like improved productivity

Cloud storage and other cloud-based services involve a lot of planning on the part of the organisation adopting the solution. This way, the business will be able to explore all of its options and choose the offering that will best suit its needs and carve a path toward achieving goals like improved productivity. Here are a few of the major factors that companies should consider before deciding on a cloud product:

1. Supported applications
One major reason for having a cloud platform is to host applications to improve work functions, so ensuring that the apps will be supported will drive the cloud's success. Big data and analytics services are two of the major software innovations that businesses are looking for in cloud computing, according to The New York Times. Analytics can help consolidate a mass amount of data into one report, allowing organisations to easily identify trends and work toward improving their strategy to gain a competitive advantage. The cloud is one step toward reaping larger market benefits and gaining more consumer interest.

2. Growth possibility
Cloud hosting is typically very flexible for organisations when they need to add more employees to the platform, however, taking the staff projections into account will help ensure that everyone has enough storage space for years. Many workers may fill their storage space with files, applications and other media that will quickly take up the allotment, leaving less room for new employees.

"You have to make sure that if you are going to grow as an organisation that you plan for things like 30 percent growth on your hard disks every year, potentially adding web services in a load balanced environment as well, and how you might want to handle the environment when you are doing patching - ie, failover environments," industry expert Craig Allen told ZDNet contributor Tim Lohman.

3. Security assurance
A big debate still going through many organisations is the secure hosting in the cloud. Many vendors may not be able to share all of the details of their protection plans as revealing their methods could impair the security measures. However, it still remains the provider's job to integrate better security in every cloud solution rather than simply initiate a firewall as a main means of protection, according to GigaOM contributor Barb Darrow. In the effort to provide better security, many developers are attempting to provide some form of data safety in the form of encryption, access gateways and other deterrents for potential hackers looking to breach company information.

4. Accessible reinforcement
Having a provider or an IT team that will provide constant support will help successfully deploy cloud platforms. On demand resources should be easily accessible to ensure that there is no downtime or variation in the work load, according to GigaOM writer Katie Fehrenbacher. If an organisation has numerous issues that pop up and are without the IT knowledge to fix it, there must be a contact system that will provide the business with the answers it needs to get the solution up and running.

There are many challenges and factors to consider when incorporating a cloud service into the business infrastructure. Doing research and asking the appropriate questions will allow organisations to choose the right solution to help meet their goals and become more successful.

Brain Brafton loves and lives technology. A big data geek and an information retrieval junkie he consumes, analyses, interprets and process data like he was a machine. On a continual learning iteration his believe life is a journey not a destination. To keep in contact with Brain find him on Google+ or on Twitter








Cloud storage and other cloud-based services involve a lot of planning on the part of the organisation adopting the solution. This way, the business will be able to explore all of its options and choose the offering that will best suit its needs and guide a path toward achieving goals like improved productivity

Cloud storage and other cloud-based services involve a lot of planning on the part of the organisation adopting the solution. This way, the business will be able to explore all of its options and choose the offering that will best suit its needs and carve a path toward achieving goals like improved productivity. Here are a few of the major factors that companies should consider before deciding on a cloud product:

1. Supported applications

One major reason for having a cloud platform is to host applications to improve work functions, so ensuring that the apps will be supported will drive the cloud's success. Big data and analytics services are two of the major software innovations that businesses are looking for in cloud computing, according to The New York Times. Analytics can help consolidate a mass amount of data into one report, allowing organisations to easily identify trends and work toward improving their strategy to gain a competitive advantage. The cloud is one step toward reaping larger market benefits and gaining more consumer interest.

2. Growth possibility

Cloud hosting is typically very flexible for organisations when they need to add more employees to the platform, however, taking the staff projections into account will help ensure that everyone has enough storage space for years. Many workers may fill their storage space with files, applications and other media that will quickly take up the allotment, leaving less room for new employees.

"You have to make sure that if you are going to grow as an organisation that you plan for things like 30 percent growth on your hard disks every year, potentially adding web services in a load balanced environment as well, and how you might want to handle the environment when you are doing patching - ie, failover environments," industry expert Craig Allen told ZDNet contributor Tim Lohman.

3. Security assurance

A big debate still going through many organisations is the secure hosting in the cloud. Many vendors may not be able to share all of the details of their protection plans as revealing their methods could impair the security measures. However, it still remains the provider's job to integrate better security in every cloud solution rather than simply initiate a firewall as a main means of protection, according to GigaOM contributor Barb Darrow. In the effort to provide better security, many developers are attempting to provide some form of data safety in the form of encryption, access gateways and other deterrents for potential hackers looking to breach company information.

4. Accessible reinforcement

Having a provider or an IT team that will provide constant support will help successfully deploy cloud platforms. On demand resources should be easily accessible to ensure that there is no downtime or variation in the work load, according to GigaOM writer Katie Fehrenbacher. If an organisation has numerous issues that pop up and are without the IT knowledge to fix it, there must be a contact system that will provide the business with the answers it needs to get the solution up and running.

There are many challenges and factors to consider when incorporating a cloud service into the business infrastructure. Doing research and asking the appropriate questions will allow organisations to choose the right solution to help meet their goals and become more successful.

Brain Brafton loves and lives technology. A big data geek and an information retrieval junkie he consumes, analyses, interprets and process data like he was a machine. On a continual learning iteration his believe life is a journey not a destination. To keep in contact with Brain find him on Google+ or on Twitter

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