Following a path to successful cloud environments

Migrating IT to a cloud computing server is not an easy process that can be completed in a short amount of time. However, there is a set of guidelines that can make the deployment of cloud servers easier and more likely to succeed, according to an InfoWorld report by IT expert David Linthicum.

Successful cloud computing environments should be a federation of solutions that can be easily altered. The cloud servers need to be centrally controlled. Finding the right balance between management and freedom will create profitable cloud architectures, Linthicum said.

Additionally, chief information officers shouldn’t rely too heavily on virtualization, as it should be seen as an enabler, rather than a mandatory stepping stone. Decision-makers also need to make security and governance an integral part of the process, Linthicum asserted.

According to an InformationWeek report, cloud deployments should initially be implemented in only certain portions of the company. Once the technology is proven to be beneficial, decision-makers can expand cloud hosting services throughout the rest of the organization.

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