As cloud computing momentum in the workplace increases, decision-makers need to keep one metric in mind: performance. In many cases, organizations will pursue the cloud and neglect ensuring that the technology is optimized for their infrastructure, resulting in inefficient cloud services that do not deliver any of the capabilities that firms were initially looking for when considering migrating to the cloud.
IT expert David Linthicum recently wrote for InfoWorld, stating that a large number of cloud deployments come hand-in-hand with performance issues solely because executives failed to plan ahead effectively. Linthicum highlighted how cloud computing is still reliable on the corporate network, even in outsourced environments, as those resources need to connect back to a firm's infrastructure. If that architecture is not maintained, employees will not be able to access mission-critical assets and will find themselves facing performance issues that take away from the effectiveness of the cloud.
"Unfortunately, many executives overlook cloud performance because they believe the responsibility relies on the cloud provider," said John Manna, vice president of sales at IT asset management firm Aptris. "Internal network maintenance is critical to cloud performance; no ifs, ands or buts."
In other cases, decision-makers fail to optimize their assets to function in cloud environments, making the projects relatively ineffective.
Optimization is crucial
Linthicum noted that another major problem organizations have with the cloud is that they do not optimize applications with the hosted services or consider the information that is being moved. In many cases, companies believe they can simply cut and paste software from their legacy on-site environment to the cloud without encountering any issues. Truth be told, IT teams often have to redesign applications with the cloud in mind for those tools to work properly in another architecture.
If companies optimize applications to the cloud, they will likely be able to experience those sought-after benefits that initially drew them to the hosted environment. In fact, a SAP-sponsored Wakefield Research study found that roughly 70 percent of CIOs said cloud applications enabled them to simplify IT processes through increased agility and flexibility. This has inevitably led to a bigger push toward the cloud from enterprises seeking the same opportunities.
IT asset management teams must take the time to understand the ins and outs of migrating to the cloud, as losing sight of crucial procedures, such as optimizing applications and maintaining internal network performance, may result in less beneficial cloud projects.