Arm Yourself with the Facts When Making Cloud Decisions

Amanda White

A recent survey by Capgemini has found that more and more business leaders are now getting in on the decision-making process when it comes to cloud services. While costs are certainly a primary concern for business leaders, time to market and operational efficiency are also seen as business drivers for moving to the cloud.

Hopefully, by now, you’re well-versed in the basics of cloud computing, including the difference between a private cloud versus a public cloud, and what a hybrid cloud entails. But if you’ve been put into the position of determining which cloud path is the right one, it’s a good idea to arm yourself with the facts before pressing ahead.

Below, you’ll find a tool to help figure out if the cloud is a good place to take care of your data integration needs. And if you’ve been considering platform as a service (PaaS), there’s a tool to see if it’s a good fit for your organization. If security is a major decision factor in moving to the cloud, use the guidelines featured below to ensure your cloud presence is a secure one. And, of course, there are plenty of other tools and book excerpts in our IT Downloads library to help you in your cloud endeavors.

Cloud Data Integration Appropriateness Assessment Tool: Use this tool to determine whether cloud data integration is a good fit for your organization. Additionally, the assessment tool helps you select the most appropriate deployment option: DIaaS, on-premise or hybrid.

Guidelines on Security and Privacy in Public Cloud Computing: Cloud computing has made access to computing resources a lot easier, but with that convenience has come a whole new universe of threats and vulnerabilities. These guidelines will help you evaluate and secure your cloud presence.

PaaS Appropriateness Assessment Tool: Platform as a Service (PaaS) is still a nascent technology and measures must be taken to determine the right fit with the organization's development strategy. This tool is designed to help categorize business and development team readiness for development in the cloud.



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