get2Clouds(R)

Cloud Strategy

2017-04-19

In the past few years the cloud has been embraced across all industries. Where many businesses and private users alike used to be sceptical of using the cloud, they are now embracing it and using it to their advantage.

For businesses migrating to the cloud can be a tough decision; not only are there many questions that need to be answered before jumping in, but it’s also important to devise a clear strategy for cloud adoption and management. In order to implement an effective cloud strategy, the company should consider the following important questions:

1. Why?

Why does your business need to use the cloud? What is the motivation for the firm to move to the cloud? It’s crucial for a business to have clear reasons why migrating to the cloud will be beneficial. It may be lowering cost, improving service or agility, securing and backing up data, refreshing technology and keeping up to date that motivates a company to move. No matter what it may be for your business, the answer to this question should be the backbone for all decision-making surrounding the move. Allow stakeholders and members of your team to criticise the decision and use critique to start to strengthen your cloud initiative.

2. How?

How will the cloud environment be integrated into workflow? How will it fit into the current technical architecture? How will key processes change over time to adapt to the new solutions? These are all important things that should be planned before migrating to the cloud. Training and debriefing should additionally be provided so that all employees using cloud features can adapt their workflow. In some areas new skills may be required and in others, members of staff may feel threatened, so be sure to be able to answer questions that will inevitably arise and be able to get all impacted employees onboard.

3. What?

Migrating to the cloud doesn’t necessarily mean all data or infrastructure. A business may wish only to make use of a particular cloud solution, or only partly move to the cloud. Companies should also consider whether it is better for them to ‘lift and shift’ and adapt applications over time, or whether they wish to evolve applications to be more cloud native before migrating. 

4. Security?

Know and understand your cloud provider; what exactly do you get for your money, how is your data stored and where is the physical location of the data centre? Identify potential risks and iron out how they might be diminished before implementing your cloud strategy. For private and corporate cloud users alike, encryption can be a sure fire way of safeguarding your data in the cloud; so that even if there is a breach, nobody can decrypt stolen files. With get2Clouds® only you can decrypt your data.

get2Clouds® is the ultimate cloud security application. Use it to secure your cloud by encrypting uploads, or as a file transfer manager to send large files to business associates securely.