How to Know You’re in an Enterprise Cloud

“A misconfigured cloud storage database exposed the personal information of as many as 14 million U.S. Verizon Customers,” reads the first paragraph of a Healthcare IT News alert. The breach, via an unprotected Amazon S3 storage server, is the latest imagic quad.pngn an increasing trend. Read on to discover why these types of incidents are on the rise, and what you can do to mitigate them—even on the most popular hyper scale clouds. 

Industry research group Gartner Inc., recently released its 2017 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service. Once again, Amazon Web Services (AWS) exhibited a lead on its biggest rivals, Microsoft and Google (as well as everybody else in the public cloud sector). This report covers infrastructure as a service offerings, which are public cloud computing services that include storage, computing and networking. 

Of note, the biggest differentiator mentioned in the report was the level of “enterprise readiness”. The term “enterprise” has been vaguely taken to mean a vast number of things. It is fair to say that this is a point that should be analyzed in order to ensure the proper fit for an organization and its “enterprise” goals.

Any public cloud service, be it AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, and others fall into this evaluation, but for the purposes of this article, we’ll focus on the leader, AWS.

The Wonders of Public Cloud

As a public cloud, AWS has tremendous benefits. In addition to the low entry costs, an ever-evolving portfolio of purpose-built services await clients that enter its ecosystem. AWS services are also geographically widespread, with data centers located across the globe.

Public Cloud Challenges
The Gartner report concludes that AWS is the most ready public cloud provider for Enterprise. Here’s where IT Pros leading the Enterprise IT strategy need to take a deeper look and consider their current level of expertise in managing IT infrastructures at scale.
Gartner’s analysis and recent events reveal very real challenges that come with an AWS Public Cloud solution.

Consider This
Given these issues and challenges, organizations considering leveraging AWS should carefully evaluate:
• Cost and availability of large IT infrastructure expertise to help guide system architecture and round-the-clock support
• Potential for increased deployment complexities and development time
• Potential effect on Service Level Agreements (SLA’s) and damage to your brand should you stumble managing AWS yourself
• Elevated and increased costs due to the misuse, and misapplication of the vast array of AWS services.

AWS is not alone. Similar concerns, if not identical concerns, exist for services from IBM, Google, Microsoft, Oracle, and others in respect to a number of critical factors that most people label as enterprise-focused.

Cloud Computing with Trusted Advice and Support
Trusted advice is very hard to get reliably in this crowded and confusing environment of cloud computing. Unless a business has the tools, expertise, and other resources needed to utilize the public cloud safely and effectively, they run risks. That said, in many cases the Public Cloud will be a great fit for many Enterprises, so long as plans are in place to address the challenges mentioned.

What’s often missing in a public cloud proposition is a managed cloud hosting partner acting as a trusted advisor that provides architectural advice, and on going enterprise support.

Enable an Enterprise Cloud
Issues like the Verizon breach mentioned above happen because human error happens. It is essential to “exercise caution when uploading data to the cloud,” says Healthcare IT News. The most effective way to ensure success is to align your enterprise cloud needs with the right solutions and support. Utilizing a solutions engineer, the correct and most cost-effective public, private, or hybrid cloud infrastructure can be determined. Add in a dedicated support staff and advanced security measures, and your organization can realize they are truly in an enterprise-ready cloud.  

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