How companies can fight the challenges of cloud adoption


In recent years, cloud computing has become ubiquitous. So much so that people rarely notice they are using it to store documents and data instantly, despite the growing importance these technologies have in the remote arena. As many organizations continue to see their workforce scattered across different cities and towns, there is a clear urgency to access data securely and without the need to do so in a physical workplace.

In addition to the pandemic-driven use of the cloud, other companies will be motivated by the ease and flexibility these technologies allow – in fact, many find the ability to scale up or down their operations a very compelling prospect.

The data tells a promising story; According to data from IDG, 92% of organizations have their IT environment in the cloud, at least to some extent. The fact that only 8 percent say their total IT environment is only on-premise is indeed very encouraging news, as is the idea that more than half (55%) of the companies surveyed currently use multiple clouds. The take away? With 46% of enterprise cloud-based applications built specifically with the cloud in mind, cloud-first applications are expected to become even more important over time.

That said, despite the influx of companies looking to migrate to the cloud, some remain wary. Whether this is due to security concerns, high implementation costs, or more general digital transformation barriers, organizations still face some significant hurdles when it comes to widespread adoption.

Cost concerns

A major concern for businesses, especially smaller organizations with less budgets, is the perceived cost of adopting the cloud. This is understandable; Often, organizations will face heavy burdens once the cost of talent recruitment and the migration itself are considered.

But that’s not to say that cloud computing isn’t worth the investment. Although many people have given their two cents on the matter, including none other than Mark ZuckerbergThe truth is, businesses can generally operate more efficiently and economically in the long run once the benefits of cloud adoption filter out.

Without having to consider the costs associated with running a physical data center and monolithic software, organizations will likely find they can save money without being burdened with old processes. While it may take some time to realize the full package of cloud-related benefits, businesses will find that it is worth investing in the future, as they are only able to pay for what they use and pursue digital transformation efforts so more aggressive going forward.

Don’t minimize the conundrum of legacy software

While cost may be a concern for smaller organizations, larger companies will most likely find themselves grappling with legacy software and more pervasive issues involving corporate red tape. From a “failure is not an option” mentality, to a reluctance to adopt new and new technologies, these hesitations should not be understated.

Change in this sense must inevitably begin by triggering a complete cultural reset, encouraging staff and higher levels to embrace digital transformation efforts and making them aware of the benefits that come with it. Without this change, businesses will inevitably lag behind their competitors and will not be able to realize the full range of benefits the cloud can offer.

The natural progression from here should be to reconsider the programs and platforms used within the organization. In many cases, completing a simple “lift and shift” to the cloud will be ineffective, resource-consuming and costly. While it may be cumbersome at first, in many cases companies will benefit from investing in new technologies that are more likely to still serve their purpose five to ten years later.

is it the cloud? Safe enough for my business?

Likewise, as cloud storage is becoming more popular, more and more organizations see security as a cause for concern – recentResearch Coalfire can confirm this, as the vast majority of respondents (93%) said they were moderately or extremely concerned about the security issues associated with the cloud. Additionally, these companies said these complaints thwarted their plans for cloud adoption.

Specifically, according to the same survey, organizations are concerned about the prospect of data loss and leakage, unauthorized access through misuse of employee credentials and improper access controls, compliance, among other factors. I bet these problems all stem from one main reason: Organizations have a false sense of security when it comes to physical data centers.

Given that most cyber attacks happen virtually, coupled with the fact that data in the cloud is almost always stored in an encrypted form that should be resolved before an attacker can access the information, this is a myth. As a general rule, for companies that rely on physical data centers, any security breach still largely occurs in virtual environments. Therefore, companies should be more concerned with their security protocols than with the innate security of the cloud itself.

This begins with reconsidering how well current programs and procedures are capable of protecting data – if there are question marks about their ability to do so, then companies would do better to prioritize their security before moving to the cloud.

Once these annoying problems are resolved, companies would do well to invest in cloud platforms that can automate compliance, complete audits, and encrypt data at rest for added security.

Ultimately, it is understandable that individuals fear change regarding the sanctity of their data. However, the sooner companies realize that what they do locally can be done more efficiently in the cloud, the better. I have full confidence that these technologies will leave them better equipped for the future.

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Chris Starkey is the founder and director ofNexGen CloudLondon-based NexGen Cloud is working with Cudo Ventures to revolutionize the cloud computing market. With established data center operations in Sweden and Norway, the company is able to provide cheaper and more environmentally friendly Infrastructure-as-a-Service cloud computing than traditional providers. NexGen Cloud also offers opportunities for investors to access the cloud sector, giving them the ability to share the growth of the market sector by investing in computing power.  


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