Everything you need to know about unavailability in the cloud
Currently, in the business environment, there is high demand for cloud strategies. The fact is that some managements still unaware or overlook some important points that involve the implantation of this type of approach and it can generate a series of disorders. Unavailability is one of the main disorders that may affect a cloud strategy and exactly why we will discuss what are the key points you should know about cloud outage.
Every provider is subject to unavailability
There’s nothing in the architecture for cloud implementations to ensure that it is 100% available all the time. This is because running and automate a highly scalable solution demand great work; there is the movement of various features and at times failures can happen, as hardware problems and updating of data, for example. For this reason, large cloud services providers can suffer from momentary outages and the companies, in turn, are also not immune to that.
Applications do not need to stop working
Despite the cloud be subject to outages, they need not necessarily affect their applications; everything depends on the architecture that they present. You have to consider that the cloud possibly will give some failure and why it is essential to prepare your applications to use redundancy and data replication, so they will continue operating even with the cloud unavailable. If management chooses to use old applications and with old architecture, she should expect interruptions and outages happen most likely.
Optimize your trouble detection mechanism
How to know if your cloud strategy is working correctly? Count on monitoring systems and management of end-user experiences are ways to check if everything is occurring properly and flawlessly that interfere with business continuity.
Make sure that the provider has a proper communication channel
Once detected that in fact there is a problem, how to perform the correct communication with your provider? There needs to be an update of the status of the problem in real time and to determine what actions are being taken to ensure that the problem is resolved with speed and efficiency. Also, it is crucial to understand if the channel that the company offers is consistent with their expectations, after all, many feature-specific means, as already mentioned in a previous article.
Despite all the providers being subject to any outages, there are those who offer solutions with high reliability and availability indices, which drastically reduces the chances of problems.
The first steps for those who want to migrate to the cloud
The number of companies attracted by the benefits of the cloud is increasing significantly and flexibility, agility, performance, and innovation, are factors that collaborate to this.
According to a study done by KPMG International, the vision of the market before the use of cloud computing is changing and for the better. We analyzed more than 530 officers, directors, and leaders of various segments and points of the world. The results obtained in 2015 were compared with a similar study conducted in 2012 and one of the main changes noted was the increased confidence that executives place in technology.
Despite all this advent of the cloud, there are still complexities and challenges, and many companies still don’t know where to start your migration project to the cloud. So we weighed some points that you need to keep in mind in time to migrate to the cloud infrastructure.
Map your equipment, applications, and infrastructure (physical and logical) is the first step, and it is essential to understand the ability and the criticality of each component of your system. From this, it will be possible to decide what is best suited within the cloud computing to the profile of your company and what needs to be migrated.
We have already said in previous articles that there are different types of cloud, as private, public and hybrid, different models such as SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service) and IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), so we need to evaluate and identify which one is best suited for your business. More than that, it is also important to endorse the project costs and budget that the company has available – guide the planning from the beginning the results/ROI is crucial. Hidden costs must also be observed carefully, as network costs and full bandwidth, which are often not considered.
A migration project for the cloud can often impact the management and security strategies of a company because some methods that usually apply to traditional local systems don’t always work in the cloud. Once in the cloud, application and information protection is the responsibility of the provider rather than the Corporation itself. It is therefore critical to shaping the management strategies to prevent and combat possible disorders.
Once you have followed all the previous steps, now is the time to choose the best partner for your project’s deployment of cloud, because migrating on their own is one of the primary reasons that lead a project to failure.
There are ways to test the cloud before hiring and deploying it. You can configure a database as a way to experiment on cloud computing to test the functions and specific deployment options. That way you can know if the strategy will fit according to the profile and demand of their infrastructure, causing you to have clarity about the solution.