How to Create Your Business Cloud Computing Strategy


February 16, 2012 , ,

Cloud computing is everywhere, so it’s about time for your business to get into the game. With all the emerging technologies, products and vocabularies, however, getting started in the cloud might be more difficult than some can imagine.

Many factors are involved in the development of a cloud strategy. For example, businesses must decide whether to use cloud hosting services or to create virtual private servers (VPS) in their own internal cloud. There is no right way to implement cloud computing in the corporate world because every situation is different. There are some tips that can guide business owners and managers that can help them leverage the cloud to their own advantage.

Make Gradual Changes

Companies that have traditional networks I place should not change completely to Virtual Private Servers in one day. Even if a well-developed strategy is in place, reality might play out differently from theory. Try to convert one server at a time and keep each one handy for a few weeks to make sure the cloud hosting solution will meet the company’s needs.

Understand Vendors

In the business world, the same words can mean different things to different companies. When signing with a VPS provider, be sure to understand their commitments under their service level agreement (SLA). What uptime means to your company may be different than what uptime means to theirs, so be sure to have a thorough discussion of your expectations before signing any deals.

Use Public Clouds Where Possible

Public clouds usually provide the most bang for the buck, so companies should plan on using them wherever possible. However, these servers share server infrastructure with other clients of the same service provider, so no sensitive or personal data should be stored there. Every cloud computing strategy must be sensitive to government and industry regulations and best practices, so don’t risk fines and lawsuits just to save a few dollars every month.

Use Private Clouds Cautiously

Most companies look to cloud computing as a way to save money. They do this by eliminating expensive in-house IT infrastructure and replacing it with VPS and other cloud technologies. They also save money by employing either a reduced IT staff or no IT staff at all. They can do this because software and infrastructure upgrades and administration are handled mostly by their cloud hosting provider.

When a company decides to host its own internal private cloud, it commits to massive infrastructure outlays and a bulked-up payroll to setup and administer the cloud. Although the private cloud idea addresses many security issues, it usually is not cost-effective unless it is a requirement for one or more customers.

Businesses can also buy external private clouds from service providers. However, businesses must make sure that the machines running their cloud are not used for any other company. This means the hosting provider must have dedicated hardware for your cloud. This infrastructure-intensive approach boosts the cost of service but can pay off if needed for one or more customers.

Don’t Go All The Way

Many corporate enterprises find that migrating all their computing to the cloud does not work for them. Sometimes specialized software and other conditions require them to maintain some of their internal networks. In these situations, they have their legacy networks operating in tandem with the cloud. This allows most mobile, home, and distributed workers to benefit from cloud resources, but allows the company to continue operating its internal networks in support of existing projects.

The choices for cloud hosting, virtual private servers and internal services can be very complicated depending on the mission of your business. After considering what goals your company has for its cloud computing initiative, you can set out to craft a customized cloud strategy that will make your company more productive and profitable in the coming year.

Author Bio:

Biljana is a writer and a blogger researching, writing and publishing posts on cloud computing implementation by small and medium business worldwide.


27 thoughts on “How to Create Your Business Cloud Computing Strategy”
  1. These days almost each hosting service provider offering cloud services, but there are very few companies who are designing their own applications for the cloud. Rest of the others simply pattering with large organizations to offer cloud services by anyhow. In my opinion, if you want to try cloud environment for your business, make sure to ask service provider the architecture of their cloud infrastructure.

  2. Cloud Computing is a broad term. Simply searching “Cloud Computing” on Google will give you a listing of the Wikipedia page that has a great video at the bottom of the external links section.

  3. Cloud computing is like virtual private servers which refers our market through the cloud means virtual. Isn’t it excellent strategy for new look? Everyone want to get their needs to feel from house. It is one of the new way to fill it.

  4. superb blog..and this has helped me to create my business with proper strategies that were required…A big Thanks !

  5. If you know how to negotiate with your hosting provider, you’ll see that it’s cheaper to let him manage your IT infrastructure. Why bother hiring experienced staff, when there are pros that do things better and give you a warranty for your company database.

  6. i just wanted to come back and say thanks for your help, you helped with proper strategies that helped me create my business

  7. Thanks for the great article and detailed information about cloud computing. I have read here and there about but not in this context.

    It will help me to work out better strategies.


  8. Cloud computing technology is really good and has awesome features with up time guarantee to host any niche website.

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  12. It is a networking services that helps in complex computational problems. It is just like a virtual private server that definitely leads you towards the assigned goals. Nowadays, almost every hosting service provider is offering cloud services.

  13. cloud computing is an absolute nightmare to explain to customers with little IT knowledge. I have to now charge for my time because so many customers want me to show them how to navigate shared calenders etc.

  14. Cloud computing is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computer resources that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.

  15. The cloud computing strategy can really take your business to another level. Your post is really nice with detailed information on the topic. Public cloud computing has lots of advantages to offer.

  16. Thanks for the share. When used effectively cloud computing strategy can certainly help to bolster business. After considering the goals of your company , customized cloud strategy can be used to make your company more productive and profitable in the coming year. Would follow your posts for more facilitative advice .

  17. Cloud commuting needs that a business to access needs and have emphasis on security and integrity of data. It helps to get synced to the company’s network and data gets accessed very fast and also even the most recent additions to the data will be backed up.

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