There are 4 main reasons to adopt Cloud Computing.
It allows for greater flexibility in the deployment of services, which permits a “granular” focus in completing or replacing capacities.
Speed, flexibility and scalability represent advantages for the Cloud scenario. New users can quickly and efficiently be included within an existing infrastructure.
It allows organizations to concentrate on the management of core processes, instead of dedicating a huge percentage of time and resources to the administration of its IT services.
Cloud has a strong impact on company budgets: it improves the use of resources, reducing IT spending by between 20 and 80%, depending on their nature, freeing up funds to invest in the core business.
Cloud Computing allows for the possibility to generate new income streams via the implementation of disruptive business models.
risks and barriers
However, there are a series of brakes on the adoption of Cloud services, and these must be mitigated in order to maximize the virtues of the Cloud.
security and performance
The paradigm shift has created uncertainty regarding the security and performance of IT infrastructures. However, there are measures which mitigate these risks, improving the current security provisions.
76% of CIOs admit that their greatest concern regarding Cloud Computing is data security and privacy, fearing: data loss, data vulnerability, insecurity against the possibility of access and copying by third parties.
MEASURES TO MITIGATE THE RISK AND GUARANTEE MAXIMUM SECURITY AND PERFORMANCE
The adoption of Cloud requires a specific plan to identify the elements to take to the Cloud, taking into account the repayments on investment already made on IT infrastructures.
On average, 5% of a company’s annual budget is dedicated to IT investment.
change management, internal resources and expertise
The implementation of Cloud Computing not only impacts on the management f the IT department, but on the organization as a whole. In order to achieve a successful transition, it is necessary to manage the change.
CONSOLIDATION AND INTEGRATION OF SERVICE MANAGEMENT PROCESSES
interoperability between Cloud platforms
Currently, there are significant interoperability standards for Cloud services: Open Grid Forum, which has defined the OCCI (Open Cloud Computing Interface) standard; Eucalyptus, which emulates the Amazon web services interface as a valid standard; Interoperability Frameworks such as: ISO 15745 Framework for Application Integration and CEN/ISO 11354 Requirements for establishing manufacturing enterprise process interoperability.
In order to address the deployment or migration of systems to Cloud services and guarantee the portability and interoperability of components, a corporate plan must be drawn up which covers the current and future situation.
compliance with the rules regarding corporate governance and regulations
The Cloud Computing service proposal requires an analysis of possible regulatory restrictions associated with the countries in which the service is to be provided.
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