Cloud + Optimization = Cloudimization: 3 Simple Guidelines for Optimizing your Cloud

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Congratulations, CIO, you won the battle! You’ve moved your organization’s data into the cloud. Now what? Now it’s time to get that cloud optimized.

More than just a data solution, cloud migration can actually enhance your company’s bottom line. Cloud technology provides increased speed and agility, directly impacting business revenue. However, if your cloud is not optimized to operate at maximum efficiency, you may be inadvertently negating some of your ROI benefits.

So how can you optimize your cloud to improve your cloud efficiency? How can you work toward ideal “cloudimization”?  I’ve found three tried and true guidelines you can use to ensure the cloud is working hard for your business:

  • Educate yourself. Don’t get caught up in the cloud hype. Find out what cloud technologies can really do and specifically, how they can benefit your industry or business. This can range from the various business applications you’re considering to vertical-specific compliance and regulatory requirements you must adhere to. Cloud is not a “one-size-fits-all” solution, so understanding the various nuances of the technology is a must.
  • Be flexible. Develop an internal business review process, creating a roadmap for your specific needs. Set goals and objectives against which you’ll monitor and measure milestones and successes. Observing and testing your network and data offers insights on your cloud’s elasticity, giving you a clear indication of whether you need to increase or scale back your cloud commitment. Don’t stick with a cloud solution that can’t change as your business needs change.
  • Collaborate. Work with your cloud provider to create and tweak your solution design, discussing new business applications or business processes you might run in the cloud. If business continuity and disaster recovery is a hot topic for your business, team up with your vendor to craft the ideal DRaaS plan to fit your specific needs. Think of your cloud provider as an advisor—the relationship should be collaborative, interactive and trustworthy.

Are you considering a cloud solution for your data? Are you looking for ways to maximize your cloud efficiency? Contact a Windstream trusted advisor to learn more about our public, private and hybrid cloud options, as well as other data center solutions.  

Let us work with you to create the perfect “cloudimization” scenario.