How to Pave the Way to Cloud for Business

For small and medium businesses in particular, the move to the cloud often appears as a series of formidable hurdles, with questions that are difficult to answer at every step.

The International Data Corporation (IDC) called 2021 the year of Multicloud, and rightly so. Before the pandemic, the market for cloud computing tools was growing larger and more complex, giving companies a lot to think about as they began scaling digital transformation efforts.

For small and medium businesses in particular, the move to the cloud often appears as a series of formidable hurdles, with questions that are difficult to answer at every step.

Using an open source tool can be an affordable way to get started, but what if that tool becomes obsolete and can no longer be updated? What steps should a growing company take to ensure the reliability and security of cloud computing assets in the face of growing cybercrime? What are the pros and cons of public cloud, private cloud, and hybrid cloud solutions?
These are critical elements that companies must consider at a strategic level, even before embarking on any global migration.

The added pressure of the past couple of years to quickly go online has certainly not helped small and medium-sized businesses that still have to plan their activities. To this day, security concerns remain one of the obstacles holding these companies back.

In a recent survey, Gartner revealed that the number one reason companies are reluctant to widely embrace cloud computing is a lack of confidence in the security of their data. This is understandable when you consider that in October 2021, incidents of cybercrime increased by 40% compared to the same period last year.

So, with all these things to consider and security issues causing so much anxiety, where should businesses start? Let’s look at some of these questions in more detail to set the record straight.

Choosing the right tools for managing cloud computing infrastructure

Major innovations and breakthroughs usually happen in the free software community. In fact, many of the cloud-based business tools available today would not have existed without the contributions of the free software community, which strives to solve problems for a better product. Open source tools are readily available, free, and can be incredibly useful – all attractive things to a startup or company.

But what happens when an open source project stops working and no longer receives patches or updates? What about the security risks of using an open source tool with code that it doesn’t have the in-house expertise to verify or review?
This is where things tend to go wrong, and people concerned with data security should choose a tool instead.

It may be safer to choose one, but with so many options available, companies are often paralyzed with choice and afraid to comply. Before the company commits, it is important to verify that the chosen option actually fulfills all its great promises.

It’s a good idea to make a test plan with tasks and goals to make sure the tool – and the resource – are right. Focus on vision and control as key areas. Does the tool provide a complete view of its cloud fleet? Is the interface easy to use? Does it provide the possibility of implementing manual and automated solutions to the problems encountered?

Where to start with cloud infrastructure management services

Cloud Security Mode Management (CSPM) tools have been around for a few years now and are a great starting point for companies looking to take control of their cloud fleet. Genuine tools are available with basic functionality, and as with all business tools, there are more comprehensive offerings depending on the level of investment the business wants to make and the type of control it needs.

CSPM aims to give companies an overview of what they have in their cloud deployments, but more importantly how well or poorly they are configured. Industry analysts have warned for years that most security incidents related to cloud computing will not be due to flaws in the services themselves, but in the way they are used and configured.

For example, Amazon S3 services and Azure Storage Accounts provide a reliable, scalable, and convenient way to store and share data. But it’s often implemented from a “market first” perspective, which means it’s set up and running as fast as possible, and security is pushed into the background. CSPM platforms address this by quickly identifying vulnerabilities like these and noting them so companies can’t ignore them.

Public cloud, private cloud, or both?

Countless CEOs and CEOs have found themselves at a crossroads over the past decade or so, but in reality, this is not a crossroads at all and hasn’t been for a long time.

Even before the pandemic, a 2019 report titled Cloud Status It revealed that in 2019, more than 90% of organizations used a public cloud solution and more than 70% of a private cloud solution. If you’re wondering why these numbers don’t add up that much, it’s because the two-thirds that overlap are from companies that have opted for a hybrid cloud solution.

The private cloud offers some advantages of the public cloud in terms of scalability and flexibility, but businesses are still responsible for delivering and maintaining this comprehensive environment. This can be an advantage, over a shared infrastructure, or a disadvantage if the organization is looking to reduce internal responsibility for more “normal” provisions such as authority, hosting and networking. That’s why an increasing number of companies are opting for the hybrid cloud approach.

Using a hybrid cloud setup is not as complicated as it seems. It can be as simple as having a connection between your existing physical infrastructure and a public cloud virtual network. Businesses can take advantage of the flexibility of public cloud solutions when they need them, while still using traditional services in the data center. This gives companies the ability to migrate other services to the cloud naturally when needed, knowing that some of the most important services are fully self-hosted and self-managed.

The path to the cloud may seem daunting, especially for small businesses that need to accelerate cloud transformation efforts, but with the right knowledge and partnerships in place, any short-term disruption will be greatly mitigated and the long-term benefits will be slow but certainly targeted.

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