Software as a service (SaaS) as a licensing and delivery model has undergone numerous changes since the cloud has descended over all things technological. SaaS has traditionally meant having a thin client on the user desktop, accessed by a browser. Every sort of system from messaging, DBMS and CAD follow this revolutionary model.
Now, those areas, plus the move toward gamification and virtualization are just part of wider computing movement into an omnipresent cloud independent of plug-ins on the client-side and ultra-secure through the use of new encryption tools made possible via blockchain technology. Whether your firm is in engineering, retail or any other industry, it pays to keep up to date on this growing trend.
Organize Your Applications
Applications and data work differently in public and private clouds. Performance, cost savings and redundancy must be taken into account when planning how to implement cloud services, especially when large amounts of data is involved. Other factors include costs associated with exporting from the cloud, the elasticity needed for certain applications and the service level agreements required. It’s better to organize different applications and data into categories instead of doing deep dives each time you get a new app or database requirement. This streamlines the decision-making process.
Scalability and Security
Cloud security and scalability are different topics with unique technical requirements. Yet, they must be discussed together when considering a multi-cloud strategy. A cloud provider might not be compatible with the configuration of an organization’s underlying network and security. Any multi-cloud strategy must consider how scalability is impacted by each new artifact added to the ecosystem.
Some simply choose manual processes that create duplicate effort in various IT departments, while others hope that multi-cloud management platforms will help them automate this process. In any case, serious planning must go into making sure a multi-cloud environment remains easily scalable without compromising security.
Lastly, a robust multi-cloud strategy lays out a roadmap of the current strategy so that the team can quantitatively evaluate whether the new one is working properly. In the roadmap, a formal audit plan helps to ensure that the functionality of the new system is not diminished over successive intervals. This helps you make better, more informed business decisions regarding any moves to the multi-cloud. Also, make sure the new system is a true upgrade and that you’re not giving up crucial functionality.