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Drivers and inhibitors in the journey to the cloud

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While many companies are considering moving their applications to the cloud, there is still reluctance to do so in light of some considerations and the potential pitfalls that might be encountered.

So let’s have a look at some of the inhibiting and driving factors to move to the cloud-facing organizations today:

Inhibitors

By far, security has been at the forefront of the inhibiting factors for moving applications to the cloud.  The lack of control of the infrastructure has left many companies skeptical about the assurance that the cloud service provider can ensure the infrastructure is secure and the customers’ data and applications are protected and whether all proper security measures are being taken so that the information security is in no way compromised outside their premises.

Among the key elements of the security inhibitors are privacy, legal and physical security (the list is not exhaustive).

Another element that often acts as an inhibitor is the compliance factor. This usually relates to the numerous governmental and industry regulations governing the storage and use of the data as well as the audit trails and reporting practices among others.

Last but not least of the inhibiting factors is the “vendor lock-in” paradigm which might prevent interoperability should you plan to shift to another service provider.

Drivers

Among the drivers, one attraction has certainly been the agility factor. Being able to add capacity in no time to increase productivity, sales and revenue without the hurdle of having to invest in massive infrastructure or the time you would have to invest in setting it up.

Scalability no longer being a constraint allows organization to make decisions faster when increasing resource allocations in a minimum amount of time while adapting to ever changing conditions on the ground.

As to costs, these do take a significant part in the decision making process. The most obvious aspect lies in the fact that money is no longer being spent on hardware and software required to establish or expand an infrastructure. With the availability of the pay-per-use model you only pay for what is truly consumed, thus further reducing the cost pressure. Scalability is another aspect that brings in further cost reduction as the organization grows thus inducing economies of scale.

Summary

Cloud computing might not constitute the miracle solution to cost control maintenance, but is certainly an option to consider when it comes to addressing constraints due to agility, regulatory compliance and security.

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