Back in 2012, I wrote a piece on the uncertainty of moving mission-critical enterprise data to the cloud. There were too many questions remaining to make an objective decision whether to trust the data to a third-party provider (such as Amazon, Google, or Microsoft).
It is becoming more apparent that many of these risks are now mitigated with more companies acquiring experience in the cloud. The advantages – drastic reduction in capital costs such as cooling and building infrastructure – are outweighing the disadvantages such as security concerns or data recovery concerns.
One advantage I recently came across was the ability to access multiple facets of information by utilizing one security model.
Forbes ran an article showing their ideal ten traits of a Cloud Leader. Given so many business are looking at the Cloud for solving some of their expansion and recovery issues, Forbes pointed out some examples of what business should look for in choosing whether to adopt the Cloud.
First is to realize that moving to the cloud is a transformation. This means more than just a shift of focus from on-premise data centers, but rather a change in how the strategic value of Information Technology is viewed and how the data are consumed. What was once only accessible to those in the data center can now be available across the whole business model if needed.
I will post more on this in the near future.