The Cloud is awesome! There is no doubt that it has changed the way we work and the way we do business. If you don’t think so, all you have to do is look at computer manufacturers. Customers these days are opting for speedier solid state drives rather than slower, yet larger, optical drives. Why? Because, more and more data is being stored in the cloud rather than on local hard drives. However, as awesome as the cloud is, it comes with challenges that businesses have never faced before. Namely, data migration, security, application compatibility, etc.
It’s one thing to deal with data migration from one physical server to another physical server, but what about moving data from a physical server to a cloud server? When it comes to public and hybrid cloud models, there is an ambiguity regarding the physical location of your cloud server. Maybe it’s on a shared drive in a data center in the U.S. Maybe your data is replicated across multiple data centers. Most likely, you’ll have no idea exactly where that data resides.
Microsoft is continuing to push customers to Office 365 rather than traditional volume licensing (CAL) that companies are used to.
Everywhere you turn today there are new cloud service companies popping up offering a vast array of different cloud services. Customers have so many choices today, it can be overwhelming when a business needs to find a new cloud service to solve a current business challenge.