Honestly, organizations that aren't using cloud technology today are a little behind the curve. In fact, the term cloud is often ambiguous, so a lot of technologies qualify. Yes, there is a technological definition, but it can apply to many technologies and uses within an organization. While most schools, businesses, and municipalities are starting to migrate some of their technologies to a cloud source, organizations might be leaving money on the table in terms of optimizing return on investment. Best practices are already starting to emerge when it comes to using the cloud to facilitate business objectives.
Here are 3 ways to optimize your organization’s cloud connection:
1. Don’t Self-Medicate with the Cloud
A lot of conversations about the cloud begin with a tactical goal, but it’s worth thinking bigger. For instance, a school district may want to implement access control for their schools because they’re having issues managing hundreds (if not thousands) of physical keys. What’s the actual issue here? Often times, it’s the expense of replacing lost keys or the diminishing safety of students and faculty as more potentially unknown parties have access to secure locations. The point is this: many times, districts will “self-medicate” by moving one technology to the cloud in order to ease a particular pain point. Ultimately, it’s much more valuable to build a larger cloud strategy around your overall goals and objectives in order to address more of the complete picture.
2. Go Op-Ex
A few years ago, the process of budgeting and planning for a new technology implementation was significantly more difficult. An IT leader would typically have a certain budget available to solve a problem for a number of years, so solutions were often overbuilt and very expensive. Today’s model is a lot more conducive to evolution—good news for a vertical that experiences rapid change. Technology teams on the cutting edge are learning to calculate their needs based on an operational expense model, which is especially helpful for organizations that only want to pay for what they really need.
Of course, we don’t mean that as an absolute – those cat videos aren’t going to watch themselves. There are obviously legitimate work-related uses for the web, but when it comes to accessing your cloud via the Internet, just say no. Here’s why: if you’re trading infrastructure for the cloud, the last thing you want to do is leave your mission-critical resources to compete with YouTube, Google, and social media sites. Your organization needs guaranteed performance, which is something you won’t get with a typical cloud strategy. If you’re looking to migrate to the cloud, consider choosing a partner with an enterprise-class data center that provides a direct connection optimized for your specific needs.
DGI has developed a better way to connect to the cloud. DGI’s CloudHub® provides a dedicated connection (with QoS) to your mission-critical resources in the cloud. We also provide monitoring to ensure that your systems are operating properly and at max capacity.