Even with a very fast (1 gigabit symmetrical) internet connection, opening medium to large files from shared storage will become noticeably slower for users, and may potentially lead to very long start up times and a loss of employee productivity during peaks in usage.
It is clear that not all workloads fit well with a basic Cloud migration strategy. Upfront savings could easily be eroded by long-term productivity loss. In some cases, it may not even be viable to adopt the Cloud due to the necessary requirement for physical connectivity to onsite devices such as printers, and robotic automation such as warehouse retrieval systems.
This is where planning and understanding your business is key to a successful Cloud strategy. There are a significant number of companies that will help shift an organisation's existing services onto a Cloud provider for a fee. However, far fewer will take the time to evaluate your business, assess its risks and benefits, and help plan an effective strategy to leverage the best mix of Cloud and traditional technologies that will meet your business needs.
The key here is to work with a partner that won't just help leverage "the Cloud" but instead, help leverage cloud technologies in the best way possible for your business.
Step 3: Plan ahead
Onsite and private cloud solutions are the natural next step beyond the basic Cloud model. Organisations can leverage exactly the same cloud technologies and automation solutions and realise the same benefits with far lower risk by replacing traditional IT infrastructure with their own onsite Cloud, and linking this securely with public cloud resources - this way, organisations stand to gain the flexibility of adding capacity on-demand during peak periods.
This is the fundamental difference between "using the Cloud" and "using Cloud technologies". Whilst the former refers to buying a solution off the rack and hoping that it's close enough, the latter focuses on taking the best materials and skills available, and tailoring a solution that fits your business requirements perfectly.
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