Thursday, September 17, 2015

Moving your corporate data to the cloud becomes an essential requirement when you decide on utilizing the benefits of cloud computing. It is important that the cloud database is managed securely and effectively and an intelligent cloud database strategy is put in place to utilize the business data hosted on the cloud.
Cloud based databases have been offering better features, functionalities and improved handling of businesses on the cloud.


However, mostly enterprise IT seems to be quite reluctant to transition their business data to the cloud citing the usual reasons of security and privacy. This needs to change. For enterprises to fully harness and utilize the advantages offered by public cloud databases like scalability, reduced costs, integration with mobile platforms and integration of scattered data, they need to accept cloud as a key to improve their own technology processes.


But how do they move on to flexible cloud based data architecture. Key steps that can be followed to transition business data to the cloud include:


  • Assess your business data structure & requirements:
    Now this may sound quite obvious and fundamental but this is where most of the enterprises falter. Even though the enterprise IT is well aware where the data resides but due to the size of the data they usually lose sight of its importance and co-relation. It is important to understand the meaning and usefulness of data and how it affects the business. The enterprise needs to structure the data formally and analyze it before moving on to the process of migration so that relevant expectations can be set and security requirements can be imposed based on the confidentiality of the data.
  • Enlist the data privacy & compliance requirements:
    The biggest drawback that is cited by enterprises is the lack of control over data on the cloud. Ironically the advanced cloud mechanisms can improve your control on the data provided you understand the privacy and regulatory requirements and set your objectives clearly for security on the cloud.
  • Enlist the benefits & improvements expected from the transition:
    Moving to the cloud is sometimes considered as just a platform change rather than a value addition strategic process. This viewpoint is quite flawed. Moving to the cloud is more about efficiency, cost benefits and a drastic change in how to store and retrieve data. It also renders the data more valuable to the decision makers and data owners.