Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
Data centers as ecosystems, low-power processors, and a shift to modular software are just some of the changes predicted for cloud computing by 2020 in an article by ZDNet. In order for us to evolve toward this future in the cloud, however, there are still a number of barriers standing in the way of cloud adoption. Luckily, the tools to overcome these barriers are here in the present and right at our disposal.
If your enterprise is in the financial or healthcare industries, compliance and governance regulations likely dictate your data architecture. To deal with compliance efficiently, your enterprise has a better advantage if it tasks one individual from IT and one from legal who are already familiar with data regulations such as PCI and Sarbanes-Oxley to work together. You should also choose a reputable cloud backup service. When it comes to your cloud service providers, be sure to also go over your SLA thoroughly and confirm key deal-breakers, such as retaining ownership of your own data.
Unlike recent startups that have gained their momentum in the cloud, large enterprises that were already established pre-cloud are more likely to fall prey to inertia, having already invested in core systems they’re not willing to trade for cloud systems. Despite the low upfront costs of the cloud, the money already invested in legacy systems can contribute to cloud paralysis. If this sounds like your enterprise, hybrid cloud architecture could be a good solution, allowing you to compartmentalize your data.
As the main users of the cloud within an enterprise, developers might have issues with liability and fear being blamed in the event of a security breach with the cloud provider. To overcome this barrier, developers need to see the ways in which the benefits of the cloud can outweigh the risks. Cloud providers can facilitate this by building in value-adds for developers, such as quick account deployment, solid developer resources, automation, affordability, and cost transparency, in addition to cross-platform search and oversight capabilities.
Between data loss and privacy breaches, security has traditionally been the biggest barrier to cloud adoption. In addition to securing a backup provider that covers both cloud security and server recovery, there are a number of ways an enterprise can be proactive about their own security. Be sure to ask key security questions of your SaaS provider and ensure the answers are outlined in the SLA. You should also set up an enterprise-wide policy with guidelines and/or restrictions on individuals inputting enterprise data into cloud services set up on their own devices.
Saugatuck Technology’s 2012 Global SaaS Survey cited integration as one of the greatest concerns with SaaS. 61% of IT executives polled in a 2012 IDG survey “have experienced or expect to experience difficulty with integrating cloud infrastructure into the existing (non-cloud) IT infrastructure.” Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) is helping enterprises overcome the integration barrier by integrating SaaS applications with other cloud services and legacy systems for optimal data management. To best facilitate integration, look for an iPaaS with flexibility, prebuilt connectivity, and an overall packaged solution that can be maintained, configured, and supported with minimal effort and expense.