Today, a cloud strategy is a priority for nearly every organization and IT professional. Deploying workloads in public and hybrid cloud environments can cut costs, increase an entire team’s efficiency and productivity, and give an organization the space necessary to focus on strategic, high-level goals.
However, not every organization – or service provider – defines “cloud” in the same way. Technically, there’s no industry standard for what “cloud” entails, which can create miscommunications and misfires when IT teams work with third-party cloud providers.
If you’re considering advancing your cloud strategy, options such as IBM Cloud Object Storage and IBM i Cloud can ensure you go above and beyond your expectations. Below are three tips to make sure you remain on the same page as your cloud provider during the implementation process.
- Know that as-a-service options are table stakes.
When you deploy a mission-critical workload in the cloud, you should expect to work with a secure, dedicated service. If providers try to show their depth by highlighting their infrastructure as a service (IaaS), backup and recovery as a service (BRaaS) and disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS), dig deeper – such options are table stakes. Before moving forward, be sure the underlying technology that powers each service is set up to support the performance your organization needs.
- Tailor your cloud strategy to fit your environment.
Develop a series of metrics and goals that assess your current IT environment, and aim for progress as you move to the cloud. For example, we recently worked with an organization that needed 10 to 12 hours to run routine reports. After we adapted a custom approach and applied systems that learned more about each workload, the team initially cut reporting time down to an hour, and eventually reached the 15-minute mark.
- Establish open standards for your cloud provider, cloud technology and internal team.
Your cloud provider should establish a link between your environment and a cloud platform that makes it easy to treat your cloud as an extended part of your network. As a result, the cloud can integrate into your on-premises environments while letting your team retain control of information, data and systems. Open standards help prevent service providers from locking clients out of their data, while keeping an eye on new updates and changes coming down the road from IBM and others.
Learn more about how to go above and beyond your cloud expectations.
Director of Cloud Services
Key Information Systems, Inc.