Your business needs to understand ways that the industry is using the cloud – easy things like email and web hosting are great cloud initiatives.
Then you need to discuss and strategize on how it can help your business, then identify a way to get you there.
Exactly what you have
If your company still has dedicated space for server’s, or if you remember the days they were there – perhaps you felt more comfortable, and safe that your data was within your office. Even though you never went to see them, you knew they were there.
Back in the day, I’m sure that people who created their own power felt the same way before electricity became a commodity. Moving to the cloud, or just getting comfort around the cloud is just a better way for your data. It’s exactly what you had before, just better.
There are things you need to do to understand, plan for or review on the regular to have a solid Cloud Strategy.
Comprehensive security capabilities exist to provide a baseline of security for those who don’t know; and can satisfy the most demanding requirements.
Rich controls, auditing and broad security accreditation exist in today’s hosted infrastructure (aka cloud). Much easier to track, alert and report on than premise based systems.
Build hybrid architectures that extend your on-premises infrastructure to the cloud, for those that need it. This is becoming less common, but still exists in larger entities.
Access as much or as little as you need, and scale up and down as required with only a few minutes notice.
Enjoy maximum bandwidth utilization, reduced downtime and worry-free, secure connectivity.
Protect your systems with a minimum of protection for those who don’t know; and can satisfy the most demanding requirements.