6 Questions to Ask Before Moving Applications and Critical Data to the Cloud
Public Cloud OptionsCost savings is the single biggest benefit to the public cloud since physical hardware and infrastructure resources that are owned and operated by a third-party data center provider are shared among a large number of clients. Applications in the public cloud are available on a pay-as-you-go basis and can more easily scale as a company grows and requirements increase. This data center will also have redundancy measures in place to increase reliability.
Private Cloud OptionsA private cloud provides you with the resources of the public cloud but the hardware and infrastructure resources allocated to your company is for your use only and will not be used by any other organization. Therefore, these private applications, hardware, and infrastructure resources provide a greater level of security. They also enable you to customize your cloud services, tailoring them to your individual needs.
Hybrid Cloud OptionsA hybrid cloud approach combines the best of both the public and private cloud worlds. It provides you with the increased security and customization of a private cloud but enables you to move data and processing resources to the public cloud as needed to accommodate a significant spike in demand. This frees up space in the private cloud and enables you to keep business-critical applications and sensitive data in a secure environment while at the same time giving you the flexibility to quickly and easily scale non-mission critical applications as workloads expand and contract.
Working with a Data Center: Selecting a Private or Hybrid Cloud ApproachTaking this one step further, if you select the private or hybrid cloud approach, will you locate your private cloud in your own facility or work with a data center to deploy it in their facility? And, if you do choose to work with a data center provider, will you select a colocation solution where you own and manage your company’s equipment yourself while only utilizing the data center’s infrastructure resources or will you select a fully managed hosting option with a dedicated server where you lease the equipment and they manage, monitor and maintain all of the resources for you? Your answers to these questions will most likely be based on the following criteria:
- Expenses – Do you have the money to buy your own equipment or lease dedicated equipment from a data center or do limited funds require you to have the cost spread out among many companies?
- Human Resources – Do you have a technical team on staff to be able to manage and maintain your own applications, equipment, and other resources or will you need the technical expertise of a data center provider to help?
- Physical Space – Do you have the physical space and infrastructure to implement a private cloud solution in your company’s server room or do your company’s expected growth plans require you to consider a larger, purpose-built data center.