Moving to the Cloud: What Workloads Should I Move to a Cloud Environment?

A brief look at different workloads with best practice advice on which are suited to a business Cloud storage environment and which should remain on-premise.

Before you start considering business cloud storage, be clear on what you understand by “cloud.” It’s used in various ways by different people to mean different things. When IT consultants talk about cloud, they mean multi-server systems that are highly adaptable and often automated.

There is more to the business cloud than storage. Data is not the only workload and it is not necessarily the thing you should move to a cloud environment first. Think in terms of memory and CPU usage – both are expensive to provide in-house.

Cloud flexibility is ideal for variable workloads:

  • Websites that attract users at the weekend
  • Gaming platforms that are busy in the evening
  • eCommerce sites that boom following an advertising campaign
  • Tourist attractions dependent on the weather
  • Enrollment systems that depend on the calendar
  • Graphics/video rendering.

In a well-ordered cloud environment a server ‘instance’ can be used like a template to create a new server in less than 60 seconds. Some organizations use autoscaling to create new servers in response to load, but many prefer manual control and automated tools that create/destroy servers at certain times or on certain dates according to predicted load.

Websites or applications for in-house use depend on back-end databases, and these can be in-cloud, or in-house. Cloud databases reduce capital expenditure, but can be hard to move to another supplier, or bring back in-house.

It is possible to use business cloud storage for all your data if you profile the provider and are sure they can meet your security requirements. However many organizations, especially in financial services and healthcare, prefer to keep their data on their own premises.

The only thing that absolutely HAS to be on-site is the basic networking capability to connect you to the internet and your cloud, as only then will you gain access to your business cloud storage.


This article was written by Simon Mitchell from Business2Community and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.


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