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Every cloud computing project is different

The emergence of cloud computing has enabled small businesses and large enterprises to reinvent the data center, migrating mission-critical assets off-site and reducing the need to manage expensive equipment internally. Because infrastructure is now commoditized, companies can take part in a more monumental change that will impact the private sector as a whole.

Although these opportunities can be appealing to a number of organizations, a recent TechTarget report highlighted that the cloud is not necessarily ideal for every firm. Sometimes applications just don't fit with the cloud, while other solutions are ideal candidates for the hosted environment. IT expert David Linthicum asserted that when all is said and done, the concept of migrating to the cloud is really just a transition of platforms. Decision-makers who understand this will likely be able to develop a unique cloud strategy that appeals to the needs of their organizations.

Having the ability to create innovative cloud endeavors is critical to long-term survival in the business world, especially as the cloud landscape expands and evolves. Cloud-based backup and disaster recovery services in particular are gaining momentum.

"It can be a lot cheaper to store your archives in a cloud," cloud integration expert Kris Bliesner said, according to TechTarget. "[Cost] can get down to a penny a gig, which is much cheaper than tape."

Understanding cloud strategies
The news source stated that legacy software is typically not an ideal candidate for the cloud, largely because it can be difficult to move those solutions to hosted environments. Decision-makers should also be wary of tools that need to be closely integrated with in-house systems and information.

For the most part, cloud infrastructure services that are supported and well planned will be the most effective.

"It is a long-term systemic change that requires support from the top," Linthicum told TechTarget.

A separate BizToCloud report stated that organizations considering the cloud need to think about the potential costs and risks of using the technology. Executives also need to find the appropriate provider, as certain cloud tools will not be helpful to some companies due to compliance or personal requirements.

Managers who assess their internal capabilities and the general needs of the workforce will likely have an easier time migrating mission-critical resources to the cloud, as this insight will allow them to make better decisions.

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