Cloud computing has become increasingly popular due to its efficiency, ease of scalability, lower costs and reduced reliance on physical hardware. But cloud computing isn’t easily implemented overnight. We all know the pain and reluctance that comes with using a new computer program or trying to understand updates applied to an older version. Migrating to the cloud is a similar process, but with many more moving parts. Planning plays a hugely important role in successful cloud implementation. So, how long does planning cloud implementation take? In this article, we’ll attempt to find out by going over the most important steps.
Unfortunately, there can be no single answer to this question. It will depend on the type of business taking on the project, the needs of that business, the infrastructure that already exists to allow the implementation to occur and the amount of resources put into the planning process. This means it can take a handful of months or several years. In the end, it’s better to make conservative estimates rather than rushing the job and getting it wrong.
Not all businesses or business processes will be properly served by cloud computing. Before undertaking the effort to migrate to the cloud, you should ensure that it makes sense to do so in the first place. It might seem like a trivial point to make, but there’s no sense in worrying about the cloud if it won’t serve your purposes in the first place.
Some companies will already have some of the infrastructure necessary to implement a move to the cloud, whereas other companies may be starting from scratch. Taking inventory of any existing infrastructure will provide an overview of what needs to be added to the system to make a smooth and successful transition. Web application architecture, existing computing and storage systems and core components such as servers and operating systems need to be assessed for quantity, scale and ease of conversion to the cloud. All the different applications involved with running the business need to be quantified and assessed for their ability to be used in a cloud environment.
There are three main types of cloud services available, each with their own unique qualities that make them practical for certain types of businesses. Private, public and hybrid clouds offer different methods of delivering cloud services to an organization.
Private clouds are entirely created and run by an organization for its own use. This allows for complete control over all information, processes and management. Private clouds may not be ideal for small businesses that don’t deal with sensitive data but might be required by those who are obligated to have high levels of data security.
A public cloud is run by an outside company who allocates space and provides services to other businesses. For those who require basic cloud services, a public cloud setup can be economical and provide the support necessary for easy functioning.
Hybrid clouds allow a business to outsource the operation of the cloud services while still allowing data to remain highly secure. It also allows a business to deal with short periods of heavy demand without the costs associated with operating their own private cloud.
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