Embracing A Cloud-Driven Future


Research firm IDC predicts that the public cloud services market in India will reach a mammoth $17.8 Bn by the year 2027

Cloud infrastructure is also scalable, allowing resources to be provisioned and de-provisioned rapidly

With hybrid clouds being the norm rather than the exception, maintaining visibility and control across disparate environments can be difficult

As a nation, India is taking huge strides digitally. This is obvious from independent research reports estimating that the digital economy of India will contribute nearly 20% from 8% currently to its GDP by 2030.

Among other technologies, the cloud has played a big role in enabling and accelerating the digital economy and forecasts from analyst firms indicate a monumental shift towards embracing public cloud services. 

Research firm IDC, for example, predicts that the public cloud services market in India will reach a mammoth $17.8 Bn by the year 2027, growing at an impressive CAGR of 22.9% from the year 2022 till 2027.  

However, despite the growing adoption of cloud, many Indian organisations are still grappling with common concerns centred around cost, risk, and security.

The Cost-Risk-Security Imperative

Often it has been observed that though the cloud promises enhanced flexibility and responsiveness many organisations in India remain apprehensive about migrating from traditional data centres. This reluctance often stems from perceived costs and risks associated with cloud adoption.

Contrary to conventional beliefs that on-premises data centres offer superior security, cloud providers can deliver superior security measures that ensure round-the-clock data protection while adhering to stringent industry and regulatory standards. Through robust service level agreements (SLAs), organisations can gain greater control over their applications and data and mitigate the risks of unauthorised data access. 

Cloud service providers invest heavily in state-of-the-art security infrastructure, employing a team of cybersecurity professionals dedicated to staying ahead of evolving threats. This expertise translates to a higher level of security compared to what many businesses might be able to achieve on their own, especially for smaller organisations. 

Cloud providers have sophisticated security monitoring systems in place that can detect and respond to security threats in real time. These systems analyse network traffic for suspicious activity, identify potential vulnerabilities, and automatically trigger security protocols to mitigate threats. 

This continuous vigilance provides a significant advantage over relying solely on in-house security personnel. Cloud infrastructure is also scalable, allowing resources to be provisioned and de-provisioned rapidly. In the event of a cyberattack, cloud providers can quickly isolate affected systems and scale up resources to maintain service and business continuity. 

This redundancy and scalability mitigate the risk of downtime and data loss associated with data centre breaches. 

There is also a misconception that on-premise solutions are inherently more cost-effective. This hypothesis is far from the truth.   A comprehensive evaluation of the total costs reveals hidden costs such as maintenance, upgrades, security, and performance optimisation.  

In this context, cloud migration, when viewed holistically, emerges as a financially prudent choice, offering potential cost savings and operational efficiencies that transcend traditional infrastructural limitations.

Tailoring Cloud Solutions To Unique Organisational Needs

For organisations attempting to move to the cloud, a one-size-fits-all approach in the adoption process is impractical. Hence, collaboration with cloud providers is crucial for organisations contemplating migration. 

They must choose their path towards the cloud meticulously: these should encompass upgrades, optimisation, and modernisation. Each component must be tailored specifically towards meeting the unique needs of each organisation. This is imperative for a successful cloud migration. 

Within the cloud landscape, Software as a Service (SaaS) has emerged as a preferred deployment model for new applications, with companies expressing a preference for scalable, subscription-based solutions. 

In the above-quoted IDC study, SaaS was the largest component of the overall public cloud services market. The SaaS model helps organisations with access to best practices, which previously was the prerogative of large enterprises. 

This enables and empowers organisations of all sizes to drive efficiency and innovation. The SaaS model also enhances cost savings, supports a flexible workforce, eliminates implementation and maintenance costs, and provides improved collaboration capabilities. 

Hence, for organisations in India aiming to enhance efficiency and agility, SaaS has emerged as a preferred deployment model. The IDC study previously quoted identifies SaaS as the largest component of all public cloud services markets. 

The Value Of Hybrid Cloud Management

With hybrid clouds being the norm rather than the exception, maintaining visibility and control across disparate environments can be difficult. Businesses struggle to monitor performance, ensure compliance, and optimise resource utilisation. 

Managing separate tools and processes for on-premises and cloud resources increases complexity. Siloed operations make it difficult to achieve consistent automation and orchestration across the entire IT ecosystem. 

The integration of different environments introduces new security concerns. Businesses need robust security measures that seamlessly integrate across both cloud and on-premises infrastructure. 

Hybrid cloud management solutions bridge the gap between on-premise and cloud environments, by offering a consolidated view of all IT resources, both on-premise and in the cloud. 

This enables businesses to monitor performance, manage deployments, and automate workflows across their entire hybrid infrastructure. By offering standardised tools and processes for managing cloud and on-premise resources, hybrid cloud management solutions streamline operations. 

This translates to increased efficiency, reduced operational costs, and faster time to market for new services. Additionally, by providing a holistic view of resource utilisation across the hybrid environment, businesses can identify and eliminate inefficiencies. 

This leads to optimised resource allocation, reduced cloud costs, and improved return on IT investments. 

The Importance Of FinOps

Cost is also one of the major considerations for evaluating the benefits of a cloud-driven process. Hence, cloud governance is important as left unchecked, cloud costs can spiral out of control. Here is where FinOps can play a vital role. 

FinOps isn’t a product or software; it’s a cultural and operational shift that fosters collaboration between finance, IT, and business teams. It emphasises continuous optimisation of cloud costs by providing a framework for informed decision-making. 

Cloud costs are tracked and allocated transparently to specific teams or projects. This fosters a sense of ownership and encourages responsible cloud resource usage. 

Cloud spending is also aligned with business objectives. FinOps helps identify opportunities to leverage cost-effective cloud services while ensuring optimal performance and value for the business. 

More importantly, FinOps is an iterative process. Costs are continuously monitored, analysed, and optimised through regular reviews and adjustments to cloud resources and pricing models.

Over some time, organisations adhering to FinOps principles can identify and eliminate wasteful spending on underutilised resources or poorly optimised configurations. By leveraging the cost-saving features of cloud providers and implementing right-sizing strategies, businesses can significantly reduce their cloud bills. 

Teams are empowered to understand their cloud usage patterns and make informed decisions about resource allocation. This promotes collaboration and eliminates finger-pointing when it comes to cloud bill management. 

FinOps also equips businesses with data-driven insights into their cloud spend. This allows for better forecasting, budgeting, and selection of the most cost-effective cloud services and pricing models based on evolving business needs.

In Conclusion

In the cloud migration journey, selecting the right cloud service provider is critical. Factors such as customer references, flexibility, integration capabilities, support services, robust security, certifications and compliance frameworks must be meticulously evaluated. 

For instance, products or platforms enabling cloud-certified Enterprise Information Management applications as managed services in private or public clouds can be extremely effective in cloud-based migrations. These platforms offer a seamless transition path for organisations seeking enhanced security, reduced TCO, and improved operational resilience.

As India marches towards a cloud-centric future, organisations must overcome their traditional biases. The cloud, with its promise of improved security, enhanced data protection, and operational efficiencies, is poised to become the standard backbone for businesses across industries.

Note: The views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author and does not necessarily reflect the views held by Inc42, its creators or employees. Inc42 is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by guest bloggers.

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