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Thinking of a cloud integration? You are just one out of the many businesses that have already taken a step towards implementing cloud. According to a RightScale survey report, deployment of hybrid cloud has risen by up to 10 percent while the implementation of public cloud has risen by 25 percent as from last year.

But deciding that it’s time to implement cloud does not guarantee you a smooth sailing. You’ll have to encounter some common challenge which are equally faced by many other business when they made their transitions. Fortunately, there are strategies that can be used to achieve success as well. Here are the top five cloud implementation issues and how they can be managed

Solid security

For any firm thinking of integrating cloud, security is a major concern. Some firms even delay implementation until they are confident enough that their security solutions are up to the task. Even though security I a major concern, there can never be a single mot perfect solution to handle all security concerns of cloud.

The best way however, I to have at least five security solutions implemented in tandem to handle the security concerns. In short, a smooth implementation of security solutions will simply mean a firm leveraging a cloud provider who has significant security experience and investments, not one that is dependent on only one solution.

Inefficiencies of integration

How will your new cloud implementation work with your legacy solutions? If your users are not willing or not ready to accept the new cloud system onboard, they can as well sink any other investment due to lack of interest in adoption, or using services that haven’t been approved by the local IT.

Therefore, the best solution here is training employees and users and explaining to them the relevance of the new implementation. They need to understand what is expected from them under the cloud framework as well as ho it will improve their daily operations. By integrating your employees, other will follow smoothly.

Network limits

Are you aware that networks also present problem when it comes to implementation of cloud? In order for a company to access their data analytics, collaboration tools or disaster recovery, they must have a network connection that must handle their bandwidth requirements. This is a type of challenge that any business owner would want to avoid instead of mitigating it. It’s therefore important for you to take your time to perform tests and upgrades to your networks before embracing a new cloud implementation.

Dealing with big data

Big data is a big challenge to those business s adopting cloud, according to Cloud Tech. Even the small and medium sized firms are generating massive data amounts from moment to moment which create a potential insight for actions. However, if the volume and velocity of the generated data becomes too much for a company to handle, they could eventually end up creating more losses than gains. This challenge requires investing beyond clouds – that is in data mining, scientists and technicians so to be able to handle the big data. That is, cloud only is not enough.

Beginning from scratch

Starting from scratching is also a big challenge. But the best way of handling this type of challenge is by setting best practices that will govern this new framework in place. CIO Insights suggests that businesses can begin by targeting cloud computing’s five essentials: self-service, on-demand, broad network access rapid elasticity, measured services and resource pooling.

In addition to that, companies need to develop practices that are directed towards enhancing automation of tasks and communicating the benefits to your employees. Time is also an important factor. Proper implementation of cloud starts and proceeds in stages. Slow steady implementation always wins cloud race.

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