Moving to the cloud isn’t easy, but the benefits associated with converting are massive. If done correctly, converting to the cloud has the potential to save you a ton of time and money in the long run. But again, it’s not easy because of the number of factors at play.

NEF’s Mike Murphy recently sat down with Jarret Raim of Rackspace. You can find full audio of the podcast here. In addition to discussing how to get your cloud migration started, Jarret offers his insight on the top issues you should consider when moving to the cloud:

Expertise

Cloud is an ever-changing environment. A lack of cloud expertise can mean a significant cost, both during and after your cloud migration. Finding, obtaining, and retaining that expertise is far easier said than done. Even larger companies are having trouble finding and retaining talented cloud experts.

Security

Questions around cloud security have been brought to the forefront recently. With high profile data breaches making the news, these questions and many more are on the top of every business owner’s mind. It’s important to know that your data is protected from being hacked, stolen, or seen by unwanted visitors. Make sure you understand the security capabilities of your cloud platform.

Governance

Cloud governance can mean a lot of things, but here, we highlight three important aspects that must be monitored carefully.

Spending
A common misconception is that converting to cloud storage will instantly save you money. That’s not always the case. Understanding how much data will be stored and which cloud platform is right for your needs is vital in making sure your migration will meet your budget.

Cloud Sprawl
Converting to the cloud means that you’re moving thousands of images and files (maybe more). Those files will be spread out and it’s almost impossible to know where everything is, what it’s there for, and if it’s still useful.

Visibility
How do you access the necessary information for governing your cloud application? It’s important to have one, unified source or dashboard for monitoring your cloud environment. Without it, your business is prone to downtime due to an inability to respond quickly to issues.

How NEF Can Help

If you don’t have a cloud expert in-house, NEF can help you find the appropriate managed cloud service provider for your needs, helping to free up your in-house resources to focus on your business.

Your managed cloud provider can also help with security and governance. Cloud security has come a long way, even on public cloud applications. Most applications have supplemental security tools and so will your managed cloud provider. They are also there to help you keep your spending predictable and on budget, and ensure organization and visibility of your data.

NEF specializes in matching companies to the cloud provider that most suits their unique business needs. The right managed cloud provider will step into the process and address the concerns listed above and any others you may have.

 


 

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