Enterprise Cloud

A Stormy Forecast for Enterprise Cloud?

Enterprise Cloud’s Appeal

Many signs point to skyrocketing interest in enterprise computing solutions. Businesses of all sizes and across industries are taking to the cloud for on-demand, scalable project collaboration, content development, data storage and analysis, and other key functionalities.

This is no surprise given that enterprise cloud not only offers abundant, high-speed data storage but also holds out the promise of reduced costs and enhanced revenue. And there are other practical advantages. Enterprise cloud permits cross-company collaboration in virtual enterprise networks, or shared workspaces on “Community Clouds.” This allows trading partners to share information, coordinate their actions, and consolidate communications all within the same value delivery system.

Challenges in the Cloud

So what’s not to like?

The way many businesses use the cloud will have to change before the potential competitive benefits of this new approach to computing can be fully realized.

Here’s a quick and dirty to-do list for enterprises that want to harness the power of the cloud.

#1: Go All In

Cloud computing delivers the best results when pursued in a thoroughgoing way. This means that slower and less scalable legacy applications ought to be replaced with cloud utilities outright, not merely “papered over” so that the underlying infrastructure has not been optimized for cloud use.

#2: Mind Your Budget

Let’s face it: making your business cloud-native can get expensive. This is especially true if you haven’t addressed #1 above, since the cloud is not a good fit for legacy applications that can consume lots of system resources in spaces they were not designed to inhabit.

Prioritizing portability is one trick for managing the cost of migration to the cloud. Doing so can save you from re-coding apps and allows your business to get the most value out of on-site data infrastructure while computing in the cloud.

#3: Explore Edge Computing

Edge computing refers to a way of streamlining data processing and carrying out data analysis locally, rather than in remote centers. It accomplishes this by processing and analyzing data closer to where it is generated and farther away from a central warehouse.

There’s great value in edge computing around the IoT (Internet of Things), where the large volumes of information constantly being created need to be gathered, stored, and analyzed.

The applications for business vary as widely as do industries themselves. In retail, for instance, edge and IoT combine to deliver innovative customer experiences like Chick-fil-A’s cloud computing app Kubernetes.

What this means for enterprise cloud in general is that getting up to speed on edge is a smart investment for present and future IoT applications. Kubernetes is useful here as an illustrative example of a platform designed for use with cloud-native applications, and as an indication of which way the wind is blowing around enterprise cloud.

The best enterprise cloud solution for your business will depend on your industry, marketing vision, and other particular needs. But whatever your bailiwick, the tips we’ve reviewed will help give your business a leg up in the race to the cloud.

About the author

Adam A. Glenn writes about tips and trends in digital marketing and social media for TrustRadius. He is an avid reader whose extracurricular interests include hiking, vintage pop culture, and messing around with music.

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