Suggestions for Cloud Adaptation

Why Cloud Computing?
Cloud computing is a vast and quickly growing industry that is revolutionizing the tech world
Provides lower costs, higher performance, instant and agile scalability, enhanced security, lower on-site hardware demands, and higher flexibility
Making the Switch- What to do First?
The first step in any project is to perform the proper research. In this case, we have already decided to adopt Cloud computing due to a company’s high use of technology, fast rate of growth, and a desire to eliminate much of our on-site hardware
Before we start the switch to Cloud computing, we must realize that this process is advanced and time-consuming
One Step at a Time
Due to the complexity of this transition to Cloud computing, we will make the switch in stages
It is suggested to initially begin migrating some of our smaller departments, such as Human Resources
By completing this project in phases, we can steadily assess resource use, security concerns, as well as properly train employees
Training- Cloud Essentials
On-Demand Self-Service– Automatic, non-human interaction
Vast Network Access– Information is accessible by everyone, everywhere
Resource Pooling– Network resources are shared and can be distributed as needed
Swift Elasticity– Network can scale on-demand
Measured Service– Resources used are monitored and controlled 
Benefits of Cloud Computing in Business
Optimizing Costs- Pay for what you need, use the money saved to invest in other things
Promoting Growth and Improvement- Network can grow as fast as a company does
Keep Up With Competition- Many are already using Cloud computing, giving them a significant advantage
Security- While having information accessible from the Cloud sounds troublesome, experts now say Cloud security is superior to typical networks
The Right People for the Job
Training current staff on proper Cloud computing techniques and operations
Hiring new employees who are Cloud proficient
Realizing that training all employees can’t be done at the same time. Instead, accomplish this in stages
Vendor selection is crucial. While I recommend Microsoft Azure, come to a decision based on a company’s needs, growth potential, and initial/continuous costs
What Makes a Good Cloud, Good? 
Service Availability- How much uptime/downtime the network has
Response Time/application Performance- With everything on the Cloud, it must perform well
Utilization and Capacity
Cost Models- Several options such as pay as you go and cloud bursting
Choosing the Service Provider
Technology- Match the technology used by a company and the provider
Agility- Vendor lock-in, transitions between vendors, reverting back to on-site networks
Security- Investigate how the provider manages and protects its data
Pricing- Gain multiple quotes from different vendors
Service Level Agreements- SLAs outline what the provider is obligated to provide to a company
Business Transformation
As mentioned before, the transition to the Cloud needs to be a steady and calculated process
Recognize that all applications might not work on the Cloud and migrating outdated projects and applications to it might be troublesome
Acknowledge, Adapt, and Overcome
Do not be afraid of change, embrace it
A company adopting Cloud computing is about to make a dramatic leap forward in regards to its functionality, customer base, and growth potential
This process will take time, resources, and the determination and patience of all employees

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