Ken: You are working with one of our clients now on exploring avenues to get to the cloud. What kinds of things should their decision depend on? Security? Bandwidth? The services provided with the application or platform?
Sam: Those are all important factors. First of all, determine if your data can live in the cloud. Healthcare and financial services companies have sensitive information with specific regulations that require customer and patient data to reside on-premise. Those types of companies can still use the cloud, and they would just need to architect a hybrid solution so that only the workloads would temporarily use compute clouds, and the data would stay on-premise.
For security, you need to make sure that the identity is the same in accessing the application across the different parts being brought together. If you are leveraging multiple clouds, you have to make sure the authorization is in sync. Disaster recovery and business continuity are also different in the cloud, and provides an alternative to maintaining an expensive hot site. You want to make sure that there is logic built in to recognize when to obtain more resources from a cloud provider, and when to return those resources back to the cloud provider. Cloud automation solutions can allow you to script exactly the logic that you want, such as for disaster recovery and scale-up / scale-down scenarios, and then automate it. These are all things to consider when making your decision, and there are a lot of tools out there to help.
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