Cloud computing refers to the on-demand delivery of applications, database storage, and other IT resources via a cloud services platform. They are often Internet-based services and are acquired through a pay-as-you-go pricing system.
A cloud service provider is in charge of enabling easy access to databases, storage, servers, and a broad range of application services over the Internet. These providers own and maintain network-connected hardware that run these application services. Customers (the users) will then provision and use what they require via web applications.
Now that you know the basics of cloud computing, it is time to ask yourself if you have made your 2019 cloud computing resolutions. Don’t know what resolutions to make? Here are some suggestions to get you started:
2019 Cloud Computing Resolution #1: Assess Cloud Security and Eliminate Flaws
In some cases, you may need to handle workloads and data in a public cloud infrastructure. If you are going through this, you may be surprised at the effectiveness of cloud-native security – provided you are utilizing it correctly in the first place. It is a sound idea to hire white-hat hackers (some people call them cloud security auditors) to pen test (penetration testing) your IT security systems at all levels. Consider focusing on database, application, and platform levels as they are more important. The average security test can uncover potential vulnerabilities or at least half a dozen vulnerabilities.
Fortunately, it does not cost much to fix these problems. In most cases, you will just need to implement some new processes, adjust your current configuration, or train your staff, i.e. update their cloud computing skills and knowledge. Keep in mind that things are very much situational. Additionally, you should make it a point to be open-minded about the solutions needed and be productively self-critical.
2019 Cloud Computing Resolution #2: Get Real with Cloud-Native
From 2016 to 2017, a great array of enterprises lifted and shifted their way to success. Today, hundreds of application workloads run on public cloud platforms. These enterprises are starting to realize that the work was not completed, and that success only partially happened or did not happened at all. It is true that the lift-and-shift method is a direct and fast route to the public cloud. However, it also means that you do not get many cloud-native features, e.g. performance management, resources, governance, and native security.
If you lack cloud-native features, you may leave your shifted workloads in a partially enabled or disabled state. Think of a monster truck running on normal car tires. The solution to these problems are pretty simple. However, not every IT specialist would agree. You can try refactoring the applications in-place on the public cloud. This allows them to utilize cloud-native features. You should keep in mind that refactoring increases risk, and costs money and time. If you do not do it right the first time, the cost will only keep increasing.
So, what is your cloud computing strategy for 2019? Have you planned out a technology roadmap for the New Year? Chances are your ideas require more work. Continue planning because it is never too late to make your cloud resolutions now. Just do it before February arrives!