The modern-day cloud services market is expected to keep growing and growing with each passing year. While the benefits are too compelling to totally ignore, each mix of private, hybrid, and public cloud infrastructure comes with an entirely new set of challenges and risks. The industry is starting to learn that increased flexibility also means having to rethink security, availability, and compliance. These challenges present themselves at the outset, and without an in-depth understanding of the mindset that cloud services demand, it is easy to build a new cloud on a shaky foundation. Avoid the following mistakes when choosing a cloud service.
Assume All Cloud Services Provide the Same Thing
Simply making a choice to “move to the cloud” is the first step. Beyond, public, private, and hybrid cloud environments, each cloud setup and provider comes with a set of predefined services with respective performance/cost levels. The right cloud mix depends on your certain requirements, along with the applications and infrastructure in which you have already been invested. For example, a private cloud will deliver you with increased flexibility but will be less scalable. If you are already invested in a vendor on the more public end of the spectrum, you’re likely better off working with the public cloud offering the very same vendor for smoother cloud migration.
Ignore Varying Performances of Different Cloud Providers
Expect different cloud service providers to produce different performance levels for a certain application. However, the same provider will deliver various performances in different areas – depending on how you decide to take advantage of the provider’s services and infrastructure. For any setup, your application will behave very differently. It is all up to you to plan for certain performance levels and prepare to tweak them a bit until you reach your business goals.
Expecting Any Application to Run on Any Cloud Service
Cloud service providers aren’t OS-agnostic. If your infrastructure is dependent on Windows, then Google might not be an option. In fact, a lot of legacy systems are not supported by a cloud provider. Make sure to you do your homework before you commit to a cloud service provider.
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