Cloud storage improves operations and offers many new and expanded capabilities. It affords flexibility, scale, capital expenditure savings, and so, so much more. But of course, there are risks, too.
What kind of consulting company would we be if we said there was no potential downside? Cloud storage can definitely help you and your application be more agile and responsive. But it’s also important to discuss some of the potential downsides of moving your data to the cloud.
Your mileage may vary, and your use case may be very different. But these are some common risks to assess before moving your applications into the cloud.
Apps are how we do basically anything with our data, from typing out this blog post, to simply using your smartphone. But not all apps are created equal. When you’re moving data to the cloud, you can’t just drag copy and paste everything from your on-premise server to the cloud.
No, you need to ask yourself a couple of questions first.
The first question you should ask is,
“Do we have any applications that we’re using that aren’t cloud-ready?”
Make a list of the apps that you need but aren’t cloud ready. Legacy applications that weren’t written for the cloud won’t necessarily take advantage of the capabilities of the cloud.
On the cloud, applications work differently. Cloud-based applications are generally only active when a request is made. So, when your server is inactive and nobody is using it, that app doesn’t contribute to your overhead.
Legacy apps generally work differently. Some of them assume that you already have a dedicated server environment for them. Legacy applications designed to actively run on on-premise servers will actively use your cloud server. Consequently, that app could significantly increase your overall data costs if left unchecked.
The Cost Factor
This brings us to the cost factor. Allowing an app to run up your costs isn’t ideal. So, the alternative is to either write software that work with your cloud that you can replace, or buy new software entirely.
Writing or buying new software is a cost to consider when calculating the initial cost to move to the cloud. It’s also good to consider other options:
It might be even better for your business to determine which data you’d like to put in the cloud (rather than all of it). Taking advantage of partially storing your data might be the best strategy for the long term, rather than an all-or-nothing approach.
Whatever option you end up taking, it’s always a great idea to do some cost-benefit analysis on what exactly moving to the cloud entails. Factor in your legacy applications and your use case, and you should have a good idea of what initial investments you might need to make in order to successfully take advantage of cloud storage technology when you’re seeking that initial quote from vendors.
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