Understanding the Cloud Process
Using the cloud isn’t supposed to be a scary process. If anything, the cloud should reduce stress and free up your time to focus on the important things.
However, when the process is unknown it can seem daunting and confusing.
Understanding the cloud can make the whole process much more pleasant. That’s why we’ve broken down some of the terms you may come across during the process of moving to the cloud.
If you are completely new to cloud computing technology, then it may be good to start by reading our Cloud Computing: Ultimate Guide. It provides a more comprehensive guide to cloud computing and the different service and deployment models that are provided.
The first stage of cloud computing is the migration stage.
Movement of essential data, applications, and workloads to the cloud to optimize performance and enable a more flexible, and scalable work environment.
Migration kicks things off. Your data can be safely and securely moved to a cloud environment where it can be easily accessed by members of your organization wherever they are. This helps in remote work situations and offers businesses an extra level of security.
The next step is managing your cloud data and how it works within your organization.
The strategies and practices associated with an organization’s cloud infrastructure, security, and operations.
Cloud governance is so important because it keeps your cloud in check. Without governance, organizations can quickly find their cloud environment spiralling out of control.
Successful cloud governance requires a management strategy and a framework that helps define and monitor policies.
Creating a cost management strategy is often the third stage.
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Ensuring clear visibility of resource usage and keeping track of cost anomalies before they become budget issues.
Using Microsoft’s public cloud computing platform, Azure, as an example, Azure provides services such as computing, storage, analytics, and networking but those services and resources vary in cost depending upon usage.
Creating a cost management strategy for Azure can be an overwhelming task without the right tools. However, the cost management strategy is such an essential part of maintaining the cloud that organizations can’t afford to overlook it or do bit incorrectly.
Organizations that utilize Microsoft Azure as their cloud service provider have free access to Microsoft Azure Cost Management as a part of their subscription. Azure users can utilise the services to create a clear cost management strategy.
These three keywords are core cloud components that you will encounter when adopting cloud computing. Breaking them down individually helps to make the process easier to understand and ultimately less intimidating.
If you are keen to migrate to the cloud or are looking for some guidance on the matter, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us. Our expertise ensures that we will have the answers to your questions and will be there to support your company through any teething problems once it's installed.
Want to know more about the cloud? Check out our cloud computing tag on our blog and read more of our pieces on Cloud.