Balancing Cloud Data Management And A Cloud-First Strategy

By Jen Newman

Cloud seems to be on everyone’s mind lately, but the focus seems to be on how to force cloud into your current environment instead of developing a Cloud-First strategy.

To your executives, it’s about integrating the cloud into everything you do while reducing costs.

At the IT level, it’s about what infrastructure (on-premises or cloud) to use and how to manage your data across your hybrid cloud environment, while keeping it secure. In reality, you are already using the cloud in some capacity, whether for backup or archive, disaster recovery or maybe even test/development. 

In fact, the average organization employs not one, but eight clouds today.1 How many are in your environment?

Cloud Data Management and a Cloud-First Strategy

Today it’s not just about getting to the cloud or about what infrastructure to use; it’s about cloud data management and creating a Cloud-First strategy. The Cloud-First approach turns the cloud into a critical building block for data management – not just a storage target. 

The cloud promises the agility to spin up or spin down applications without heavy time investment or elastic resources that allow for greater cost avoidance. And the ability to also meet business demands and deliver services faster. Well planned cloud data management can help you deliver on those cloud promises. Whether your priorities are to provide a better disaster recovery plan, spin up applications quickly, or to provide automated self-service access, the cloud can help if implemented correctly.

There are a few things you should consider when looking at cloud data management:

  • How will the cloud add value? Agility? Lower Costs? DR?
  • Which areas of the business are already using the cloud? Test/Dev? Applications owners? SaaS apps?
  • How do you keep your data secure in the cloud?
  • How do you maintain control of all your data, on-premises and in the cloud?
  • And what is the plan for the next industry trend? Moving data from the cloud to the next big thing?

Just plugging the cloud into your current strategy – as another piece of infrastructure – doesn’t let you realize the benefits the cloud promises. Actually, that can create more complexity and increase cost.

As with creating any strategy, it’s best to look at the big picture. Take a step back and re-evaluate how the cloud impacts the business as a whole. Then focus on creating a Cloud-First strategy for your organization that will reduce complexity, reduce costs and meet your key business priorities.

Learn how to balance executive Cloud First demands with your security, governance and people-focused data management priorities. Understand the trials you might bump into with cloud data management and why your IT strategy should have a Cloud-First approach. Check out an on-demand webinar, “5 Real Life Pieces of Advice to Make Your Cloud Strategy a Success,” for more.