Apr 26, 2018

Optimizing the cloud depends on controlling the cloud.


 

Many businesses started dipping their feet into the cloud a few years back, hoping to gradually deploy the technology. Then the bring-your-own-device movement exploded, the consumerization of IT became a reality and IT teams were left scrambling to keep up. The cloud was the one technology with the flexibility and agility needed to handle the new IT reality, so organizations embraced it quickly.

If your business is like those companies, you’re probably dealing with a complex, interdependent web of cloud services that need to be optimized and coordinated quickly, lest they undermine the agility you were hoping to achieve by deploying them in the first place. You need speed from your cloud, and we’re here with some advice to help you inject a new wave of cloud performance gains into your business. Here are three tips to follow:

    1. Empower Your Team
      Those tools you used to manage your enterprise IT environment when the vast majority of systems were hosted on-premise: They don’t work in the cloud. Cloud Technology Partners reported that companies need to develop a list of the cloud management tools they need to get the job done and enable their teams to keep the cloud running smoothly. Similarly, organizations must also stay on top of patches and manage updates cohesively, as failing to keep pace with cloud changes will undermine app performance and slow operations to a crawl.

 

    1. Optimize Your Network Based On Location
      Distance matters in the networking world, even with data traveling at blistering speeds. When your cloud relies on the internet, you need to optimize the route data takes to reach users if you want to keep cloud performance levels up to standards. Network World reported that connectivity is now a strategic element of modern cloud strategies, and companies must combine specialized network services, edge data centers and location-specific services to get the most value.

 

  1. Establish Governance
    Performance problems escalate when organizations lack the visibility they need to adequately optimize and support their cloud environments. The Cloud Technology Partners report mentioned earlier offered key advice on how better oversight of the cloud can lead to performance gains. Guidance included:
  • Using monitoring and logging to establish transparency within the configuration and identify problems quickly.
  • Leveraging advanced backup and recovery tools to automate data governance and move information throughout the cloud at optimal speeds.
  • Applying cost management and system oversight principles to highly automated system stacks to ensure use parameters and configuration elements don’t become disorganized, eliminating overhead that can erode performance.

Boosting Cloud Performance

There isn’t just one thing that will solve all cloud performance problems. Instead, getting faster performance depends on improving the entire ecosystem around the technology, including the way you manage it. Lume is committed to providing excellence services across our portfolio of solutions.  Our managed solutions will ensure your cloud and infrastructure environments never get out of control and we provide a full suite of services to manage, or co-manage, as much or as little as you need.

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