Cloud computing is quickly becoming the de facto storage solution for businesses looking to take advantage of its benefits. These include no more need for bulky servers and the space they take up. It eliminates down time, faults and improves security. Crucially, you can be productive from anywhere without being tied to any physical location. It also helps businesses save money in IT maintenance and server costs.
However, simply signing up with a cloud provider and expecting amazing results is not the best strategy for optimal cloud computing. A recent survey by CloudHealth Technologies and Cloud Technology Partners (CTP), which is a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, has shown that there is a huge difference between those who are getting the best results and those that aren’t.
Those companies that are doing well have a better overall view of the cloud and how they leverage it to their advantage. As a direct result, the survey shows that these companies are also experiencing a much higher increase in yearly profits. Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can use cloud computing more efficiently.
Direct management of the cloud
Assign an individual or a team who will be responsible for the companies cloud technology. They should be tasked with setting standards, putting in place best practices, and cover cloud deployment. They should always be looking for ways to optimize and grow.
How a company’s cloud strategy is implemented will directly affect the way it deals with and manages its cloud solutions. This becomes more important as the business grows and its cloud needs to become more and more complex. Having someone oversee the management of this will keep things more efficient and make each process more effective.
Benchmarks and Tools
How will the team know if the company is using the cloud efficiently or not? They will need to set benchmarks and track their progress. Investing in cloud analytics tools will help here and may be provided by the cloud hosting company.
These tools can help analyse areas such as processing, data warehousing, machine learning, and the workflow of your data. This will help with setting and monitoring of benchmarks, and can reveal where inefficiencies exist in your cloud usage which could be wasting money.
AutomationAlong with having the right tools is the ability to automate as many processes as possible. Manually dealing with repetitive tasks was a consistent trait of those who were not performing well in the survey. While the ability to automate as often as possible leads to greater results, and ties in with the need to have people specifically responsible for managing the company cloud.
Now that the cloud has become a standard tool in business, the need for its optimisation has never been greater. To get the most out of it relies on a combination of having the right cloud provider and tools for your needs, coupled with a dedicated team who can oversee the cloud deployment and constantly improve it.