Choosing a Cloud Structure for Your Business Migration Strategy

Is your business preparing for cloud migration? This guide will break down the different types of cloud structures and offer guidance in building a successful cloud strategy that is right for your organization’s business needs.

What is Cloud Computing & How Does it Work?

Cloud computing refers to sharing information, resources, and software through a network that’s connected to the internet.

The data collected through the cloud is stored on a network of physical and/or virtual servers, while controlled and maintained by a cloud computing provider. Once a business or individual stores data and info on a cloud platform, it can be accessed virtually anywhere with an internet connection and proper credentials set by your network administrator.

The flexibility of integrating a cloud structure for your business will allow your organization to share and collaborate in real time across multiple locations making decision making and deadline completions more effective and timelier for both cost savings and business growth.

Choosing a Cloud Deployment Strategy

Cloud deployment refers to how an organization’s cloud platform is structured to how it is hosted and who has access to what.

In this article, we will review the following strategies:

  • Public Cloud
  • Private Cloud
  • Hybrid Cloud
  • Multi-Cloud
  • Progressive Cloud
  • Community Cloud

Public Clouds for Cost Savings & Ease of Implementation

In a Public cloud structure, both the business and individuals share access to computer infrastructures, such as servers, networks, storage, development platforms and more provided by a CSP (Communication Service Provider). Each shares the CSP’s infrastructure with others that have also subscribed to the cloud on a pay-as-you-go basis without minimum time requirements.

This type of structure is typically based on immense hardware installations dispersed in locations around the globe. As a company’s needs expand, they migrate to maximize scalability, flexibility, and reliability to meet requirements and surges in real-time demand.

Public structures are well suited for web browsers or hosting, development platforms to process big data. places strong demands on resources, and for those that don’t require advanced security concerns.

Private Clouds for Advanced Security & Compliance

Those using a private cloud, have access to the cloud infrastructure that’s not shared with others.

The organization typically has its own software applications and platforms in the cloud that is behind a firewall and accessed over encrypted connections through their intranet. Payment is most commonly on a fee-per-unit-time model basis.

One of the primary advantages of private clouds is having enhanced levels of privacy and security since computer infrastructure is only dedicated to one single client.

Sarbanes Oxley, HIPAA, and PCI compliance are all taken into consideration in a private structure.

Hybrid Cloud for Scalability & Flexibility

With a hybrid cloud, a business’s cloud deployment is split between private and public infrastructures.

Sensitive data is kept within the private sector with high-security standards.

Operations that don’t require using sensitive data are maintained in the public part of the cloud where costs are reduced as they are scaled to meet demands.

Hybrid clouds are best suited for carrying out non-sensitive big data operations and also offer businesses the option of running public applications on public cloud portions while sensitive data in the private sector is protected.

Multi-Cloud for Redundancy and Reliability

Organizations that are uncertain about cloud reliability will utilize a multi-cloud strategy. Multi-cloud is potentially reliable for preventing downtime or data loss due to localized cloud component failure and can avoid vendor lock-in or multi-cloud adoption.

While vendor lock-in redundancy concerns still take place in some multi-cloud deployments today, they are largely driven by broader business goals.

That includes taking advantage of speed, using lower-priced cloud services, features, or capacity offered by a specific cloud provider in a certain location.

Certain corporate policies, regulations, and laws require that some enterprise data reside in specific physical locations. Multi-cloud computing helps to meet those requirements as users can choose from availability zones or data center regions with multiple IaaS providers’.

Progressive Cloud for Enterprise Level Cloud Management

Progressive cloud brings expertise in enterprise cloud management and enables end-to-end solutions in the cloud. Allowing the businesses to innovate, adapt, and grow faster, while helping to make the most of cloud investment.

Data-to-public-cloud platforms and migrating apps can be tricky. Organizations make the transition easier with hybrid-cloud configurations that combine public and private features.

Businesses can lower costs of building modern IT environments while integrating and automating operations and development when moving workloads to the public cloud.

However, moving data and applications with complex IT architectures to public-cloud platforms consists of high security, technology, financial, and operational challenges.

By progressively blending, private and public solutions to a hybrid configuration, organizations can take advantage of more sophisticated cloud services and transfer sensitive data to a public structure without disturbing their IT operations and architectures.

Community Cloud for Regulatory Compliance

Community clouds are a good option for companies in the financial, health, or legal industries, which must comply with strict regulatory compliance.

They are also a good fit to manage joint projects that will benefit from sharing community-specific development platforms and software applications.

CSPs may combine different cloud types with various service models to provide companies with cloud solutions that meet company needs.

Which Cloud Structure is Right for Your Organization?

Knowing what’s available within the cloud is important when adopting a cloud structure that suits your business needs while limiting the cost to only pay for essentials.

Some businesses start off with a shared or public plan to keep costs to a bare minimum than later — as they grow — will see the need for cloud migration to a hybrid structure.

The next step would be having your own private place in the cloud that allows you more control over your data, but also more responsibility, which may require the assistance of IT staff to install and maintain the service.

According to Our Survey, The Private Cloud is Most Popular among Respondents

The following chart depicts the results of a recent survey taken to see which cloud structures others have already migrated to (Past) or are planning to use in the near future (Planning). Please let us know below what your status is involving cloud migration and the structure you are considering or are already using.

We believe this correlates with other observations found within the survey supporting a deep overall concern of compliance and security.

Structure Type Responses for Organizations who have already migrated Responses from Organizations who are planning to migrate to the cloud
Public 28.80% 18.50%
Private 41.50% 41.80%
Hybrid 22.00% 23.30%
Multi 6.80% 15.50%
Progressive 0.00% 1.00%
Other 0.90% 0.00%

Final Thoughts on Choosing a Cloud Structure

The cloud is transforming faster than we can compute. New ideas and infrastructures are being incorporated into plans and solutions for organizations worldwide. In order to take maximum advantage of these newer platforms within your organization, it is important to understand your business needs and use cases for migrating to the cloud and develop a comprehensive cloud migration strategy. For more information on migrating to cloud hosting take a look at our Cloud Hosting Guide.

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