Nearly every company on the planet is thinking about or looking to relocate applications and services to the cloud. With the endless options offered by a rapidly growing list of cloud providers, it is possible to find best-of-breed services and applications from anywhere, at any time and on any device.
But with the sheer amount of information available about the cloud, trying to determine the best way to reach and reside in the cloud is a daunting and overwhelming task. So 1 of 2 things happens: We wait, eager to learn from others who take the plunge first, or we jump in, hoping we can find the perfect cloud solution for our business. However, in the flurry of all of this information, many executives get distracted and miss a very crucial point that will make or break their cloud solution.
What are they missing? The key to success lies within the network.
While the cloud and all of the virtual solutions residing within it seem to get almost all of the attention, IT executives overlook the fact that they can only take advantage of the cloud’s capabilities if the enterprise has the right kind of cloud connectivity. Think of it as analogous to making a cell phone call from a remote location. Someone can have the very best phone on the market, with all of the bells and whistles, but without a reliable network, the phone and applications are useless, and a stable connection is near impossible.
The benefits of the cloud are helpful to say the least. It offers enhanced productivity and operating efficiency, while reducing costs, accelerating time to market and strengthening profitability. But without the right infrastructure, it simply will not work.
Companies also need to realize that not all networks are built the same. While some are designed to give the enterprise flexible, reliable and secure access to cloud-based applications and services, others are built with other goals in mind.
So what is the solution? IT executives need to partner with a network provider that understands each enterprise has its own set of unique connectivity requirements. By working with a partner who can tailor the network capabilities to the needs of the enterprise, every enterprise can achieve the operational and competitive benefits that cloud computing promises. This way everyone wins.
Is your network connection ready for the cloud? My recent Journal article provides some other suggestions for migrating to the cloud.
Read Corey Eng’s recent Journal article:
“Cloud Computing Success Depends on the Right Network,” ISACA Journal, volume 4, 2015.