Cloud is selling like hotcakes in the town. Technology lovers and even businesses have joined the wagon to taste a piece of this delicious technology treat. But how many of us really know what cloud is?
In the tech world, the cloud is a datacentre-based provision of application processing, information storage and data analytics. It also includes an increasingly intensifying range of other incremental services like Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence functions
All these functions are delivered in the form of as-a-Service model of single component blocks of IT resting upon mostly software-defined infrastructure and networking layers through a popular connection called as the Internet. So, this is what cloud is.
It's 2018, have we really got used to the real mechanics related to application migration and operation when it comes to cloud? The answer is no as we are still only getting to grips with working in the cloud with data.
Step Carefully, As It Is Cloud
Some might see the cloud as a solution for security as well as data handling concerns but in reality, only part of the problem is challenged by them.
The next dimension is the software applications and business processes running in the cloud, and their management. If organizations want to minimize the risks and maximize benefits, they need to work on the operations and the opportunities that cloud will bring. Simply lifting up the traditional working practices and shifting to the new ones is an opportunity that is missed; however, several benefits offered by the cloud platform are latent to draw security challenges if neglected.
Does this mean we have progressed? Have we understood the usage of the cloud for competitive advantage? When you go through the progress over the last decade, at the start, cloud computing was looked upon as the traditional IT’s elastic version.
The Way Organizations are Changing
Cloud was an easy way for companies to buy the computing power when they required as well as pay only for what they used. But, since cloud computing has aged and become pervasive for IT, the actual power and opportunity is found in collecting information and analysis processing through the cloud.
Cloud helps the information travel rapidly in both directions, across computing systems that are more flexible and feature scaling up or down to handle bigger workloads, virtualization or automated security patches implemented on several machines.
Due to this, the work structure would be more flexible, in relation to products and services that ideally can be adjusted to anticipate customer needs. To survive with the new system, rapid data collection and analysis along with the over the air enhancements with respect to product software are important to be grasped.
Moving to the cloud results in changes to the product design process, corporate IT department and other business units collaborating closely and increasing customer interaction, even with a discussion on jointly developing products with their consumers.
New techniques of writing and deploying software will embolden unique way of faster-acting organizational designs. Hearing from companies about aggressive implementation of these changes is one of the best ways to anticipate.
The innovating managed cloud service providers will have big opportunity to help businesses maintain their cloud vendor relationships as well as provide analytics and business intelligence around those relationships for actually driving business growth.
Cloud is already changing the organizations by shifting IT from cost centre to something like a place at the table in a lot of different meetings.
Public cloud computing is viewed as a cheaper option as well as a more efficient way for companies to store and process data by many. No doubt the cost is low but similar to traditional computers, it is still a cost. The reason behind many companies shutting down their proprietary data centres and consuming computational power and attendant software as a series of on-demand services is lower costs.
Finally, all service providers will be assigned a huge responsibility related to helping the businesses untangle the intricacies of varied types of cloud data and the best possible way to manage and secure this vital asset.
The conversation about cloud often gets back on the security issues, as the enterprises think if their data isn’t residing on premises then they are at some superior operational risk. Looking at the other side of the arguments, the average heavyweight cloud provider has the complete knowledge of security as compared to the most cloud customers.
Cloud is Here, Nothing (as such) has Changed
The cloud security’s bottom line could be that actually everything is the same and there’s no change.
An organization shouldn’t change the strategy to safeguard its data since data is cloud-borne. There needs to be a clearly outlined processes, for example, a policy for clarifying data and process to sort significant business data. A risk management process informed partly by data classification is also required for prioritizing security check-up of their application portfolio.
For topping the competition, organizations need to have the knowledge of their data flow as well as touchpoints acting as custodians and process control on their data. New regulations like the European GDPR that attempt to validate this requirement and therefore, an early start on this line offers business benefit. There’s innovation going on in this areas.
To 'up-level' today, organizations must understand their data flow and have 'touchpoints' that act as custodians and process controls on their data. There are new regulations like the European GDPR that attempt to formalize this requirement, so an early start along this line of thinking offers business benefit. Some cloud providers are innovating in this space because they understand their role as data custodians.
The Bottom Line
The birth and rapid adolescence of cloud computing has certainly taught us a few things, not least of which may be the fact that there is no magical cloud and the datacenters of Silicon Valley and beyond are the real manifestations of this approach to technology.
Key trends today should perhaps include the reality of security being the same in the cloud as it is on-premises depending on how you act with your applications and data. Also key is this notion of cloud providers and data custodians and the opportunity that these providers have to deliver 'total services' including higher (well, deeper layers really) of analytics and intelligence that we use to automate our businesses in the digital age.
Cloud is getting richer and altogether more solid, but it's still basically composed of the fluffy stuff, so don't tread anywhere unless you've checked the path ahead first.