Top 3 Ways to Make the Most of the Cloud

There’s little doubt today that the cloud is here to stay. Although there was some hesitation to adopt the technology in the enterprise sector when it first emerged, the cloud has become a staple in businesses’ infrastructures. The cloud has enabled a number of advantages for users – including the ability to reduce costs while boosting efficiency and productivity – and spending patterns show that companies are still increasingly implementing the technology today.

In fact, IDC researchers predict that global cloud spending will reach a staggering $32 billion this year, representing a 28 percent increase when compared to 2014. According to these numbers, the cloud now comprises approximately 33 percent of IT infrastructure spending, making it an important investment for businesses and their employees.

“Global cloud spending will reach a staggering $32 billion this year.”

However, the cloud is by no means a set-it-and-forget-it solution. Enterprises must understand the impact the technology will have on their networks, and ensure they are adequately prepared. With strategies and supporting technology in place – including Talari’s Software Defined THINKING WAN solution – businesses can guarantee that they are making the most of their cloud resources.

Let’s examine some of the best ways to help ensure that the cloud is leveraged in the most advantageous way possible:

1) Security is a must
When the cloud first burst onto the technology scene, many enterprises were understandably nervous about migrating their critical data to an Internet-based platform. Now that the cloud has developed, users are less hesitant, but security is just as paramount now as it was then.

A recent study from CipherCloud found that the vast majority of businesses – 89 percent – require safeguarding measures for multiple cloud environments. This includes the 72 percent of respondents that specified a need for data protection and 45 percent that require data loss prevention.

“Enterprises are taking a broader view of cloud security,” noted CipherCloud founder and CEO Pravin Kothari. “As they continue to adopt the cloud, enterprises are recognizing the importance of a platform approach to fully protect their data.”

Because the technology is typically accessed via the Internet, it is critical that enterprises have the right security in place. This includes not only technology to boost visibility and monitoring capabilities, but also authentication credentials, encryption and other systems to help prevent any unauthorized access to the cloud environment.

Cloud applications must have the proper network support in place to ensure their accessibility. Cloud applications must have the proper network support in place to ensure their accessibility.

2) Understand the impact cloud applications will have on the network
There are a number of factors that could affect the success of a cloud deployment, one of the most important being understanding the impact the technology will have on the existing network. While some cloud applications like email may only require a limited amount of bandwidth, other real-time apps including virtualized desktop will need greater bandwidth support in order to function properly. The use of these bandwidth-intensive applications can also impact how other applications operate, especially if traffic is not prioritized correctly.

“Cloud computing is catching on, but its impact on the network must be considered before companies begin running significant applications in the cloud,” noted TechTarget contributor Tom Nolle. “How data is sourced and stored, as well as how the application is distributed over the network, are important factors to understand and plan for.”

In this way, taking the time to ensure support ahead of time for cloud applications as well as all programs requiring network resources will improve the chances of a successful deployment.

3) Ensure the reliability of the network: The importance of accessibility
It’s not rocket science: Cloud applications are only beneficial if they are accessible. An app that doesn’t have proper support in place and is therefore out of reach can’t offer a business much in the way of benefits. For this reason, decision-makers must ensure that the company’s network is reliable and can offer the level of accessibility employees need.

However, understanding that reliability is important and going a step further to ensure this are two different matters. So how can the business boost the dependability and accessibility of the corporate cloud? With a solution like Talari’s Software Defined THINKING WAN.

With this technology in place, prioritization is applied to traffic heading to the cloud to  guarantee that the most critical applications have adequate and quality bandwidth. This prevents non-business applications and web browsing from choking out more important data. And the system measures packet loss, jitter, latency and overall availability to determine the best path for each and every packet. This takes the guesswork out of network reliability – when it just has to work, decision-makers can trust Talari’s THINKING WAN to create an intelligent network for accessing public and private cloud applications and services.

With Talari technology in place, businesses can be assured of their network reliability and can make the most of their cloud investment. To find out more and request a custom demo of the THINKING WAN solution, contact Talari today.

Categories: Application Performance/Application Quality, WAN to Cloud, Network Reliability