Demytisfying the public or private cloud choice: Compliance, cost, and technical requirements

Michael Cote | August 13, 2018

Demytisfying the public or private cloud choice: Compliance, cost, and technical requirements
Every business wants to operate like a tech company today. Companies can’t thrive without improving IT, and executives must decide where to house and process data – under these circumstances, cloud strategies are increasingly nuanced. A Forrester study found that just 4% of organisations run their applications exclusively in the public cloud today, and 77 percent of organisations are using multiple types of clouds, both on-premises and off-premises. So do you take the public or private cloud route? This can be a complicated question for companies, so let’s look at some starting considerations. Most of IT’s budget and attention is focused on what used to be called “off-the-shelf applications”: email and calendaring, collaboration apps and industry specific software. These applications are often slow-moving fodder in a cloud strategy and should be moved to public cloud first. Gartner expects more than 70 percent of businesses will be substantially provisioned with cloud office capabilities by 2021. Moving these types of applications off-premises frees up resources to focus on building out larger software development and delivery capabilities, the core asset for any successful digital transformation. When collecting user data – location, personal information, credit card information – there are a whole list of compliance issues that will drive cloud choice. Sifting through various regulations and barriers to decide whether to use a public or private cloud for storing a user’s data, will throw up many questions that need answers. For instance, how do government policies shape operations and strategies? Certain safety measures or auditing points can create huge costs and public cloud solutions might have done the work already. What rules and regulations govern the data being collected? Do we own the data? What is the geographical definition of ownership – does anyone else share it? While compliance issues may seem like a productivity blocker, understanding why they exist and working with auditors will help determine business imperatives.

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