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Common Cloud Management Problems and How to Solve them

Common Cloud Management Problems And How To Solve Them

Common Cloud Management Problems and How to Solve them

Cloud management provides companies with a great way to manage and expand their IT infrastructure, regardless of size. Unsurprisingly, organisations are eager to move to the cloud, given that more than 60% of corporate data is now stored there.

However, cloud computing does offer some challenges to businesses that have recently moved to the cloud.

In this blog, we’ll walk you through some common cloud management problems businesses face after migrating. We’ll also discuss how working with a managed service provider, like Aura Technology,  can help mitigate these pitfalls.

Cloud providers don’t implement security controls correctly

Cloud computing can introduce some security concerns if the cloud provider doesn’t offer the proper security controls and measures to keep your data safe.

In theory, the cloud is less secure than on-premises systems. As your data is accessed through the internet, there’s always the possibility that information can be intercepted or your system could be hacked remotely.

That’s why cloud security controls are so important, as they help mitigate the risk of a security vulnerability. Fortunately, cloud service providers like Azure have implemented some great security features to protect your cloud infrastructure.

These include:

  • Deterrent controls: to discourage attackers by warning them of other controls
  • Preventative controls: prevent attacks by plugging security flaws
  • Detective controls: to detect ongoing attacks by monitoring network traffic
  • Corrective controls: to limit the damage of cyber attacks by shutting down cloud servers or limiting data access

Many cloud providers don’t implement strong enough controls. Some of these features may not even be enabled by default.

Working with a reputable managed service provider (MSP) can help you pick the right cloud platform and ensure your security controls are configured correctly.

Unexpectedly High Cloud Costs

Cloud computing helps most businesses save money by removing the need for costly hardware and network infrastructure. However, without properly managing your data usage, your business could be hit with an unexpectedly expensive bill from your cloud provider.

The trick here is to plan what resources you’ll need to power your workflow before you migrate and to keep checking what you’re using.

Here are a few tips to help avoid a nasty bill:

  • Plan the capacity you’ll be using. We recommend working with an MSP to monitor your network usage and bandwidth. This will significantly indicate how much cloud capacity you’ll need. Businesses often overspend on resources they don’t need.
  • Avoid large data transfers. Many cloud providers charge data egress fees for extensive data transfers out of the cloud system. Try to limit the amount of data you pull from the cloud platform. For example, a 25TB egress on Azure will cost you $2,075. For backups to offline storage, use incremental backups instead of full ones.
  • Use cost monitoring tools to see what you’re spending. Cloud providers offer some great tools to monitor your cloud costs. For instance, the Azure Cost Management + Billing tool tracks your spending, forecasts future bills and alerts over-budget users.

Cloud sprawl is a common problem in small and mid-level enterprises. Many firms fail to phase out cloud services that are no longer needed and continue to pay for them. An MSP can help you analyse your cloud usage and bring down your bill. Read our related blog, ‘Cloud Cost Optimisation’, for a better map of how to manage costs.

Lack of Resources and Expertise

There exists a skills and resources gap that’s limiting cloud expansion. Existing IT teams often lack the expertise to migrate and use a cloud deployment.

Resources are a problem, too. According to research by iland, 83% of businesses say a lack of migration resources has delayed their cloud migration, with 12% stating this has prevented migration entirely.

What’s the solution? We recommend:

  • Resource planning: understanding the resources and infrastructure needed to facilitate a successful cloud migration and management.
  • Outsourcing to a skilled MSP: to off-load expertise-heavy tasks and benefit from the guidance of cloud experts.

Working with an MSP can help plug these gaps. A managed cloud solution offloads the responsibility of planning and managing your cloud infrastructure, providing valuable assistance to your IT staff.

Ensuring cloud compliance

Many businesses are bound by strict compliance. For example, medical and insurance companies handle sensitive data, complicating a cloud migration.

Organisations must ensure compliance with legal standards based on their sector, location and requirements. Businesses need to look for cloud providers that provide compliance and adhere to the specific regulations required in their industry.

For instance, Azure Security and Compliance Blueprints allow businesses to create, deploy, and update compliant environments. Azure Security Centre also unifies security management and enables advanced threat protection.

MSPs are experts in cloud compliance. They can work with you to ensure your cloud platform complies with the regulations applicable to your sector.

Streamline your cloud migration & management with a Managed Service Provider (MSP) such as Aura Technology.

Cloud migrations offer businesses some complex challenges. You can streamline this process by working with a cloud migration expert.

Managed service providers, such as Aura Technology,  will help you plan a successful migration, identify and mitigate any possible pitfalls, and assist you with setting up your cloud environment.

Cloud management shouldn’t stretch your IT capacity. Outsourcing your cloud management responsibilities ensures you get the most out of your modern, scalable cloud computing infrastructure.

How we can help?

We are here to help you determine what your company needs to thrive and prosper. Instead of trying to work out the ins and outs of cloud landscape yourself, our expert team at Aura Technology is here to assist you in figuring out what your business needs to unlock its full potential truly. So, why not get in contact with us today and see how we can help out?

 

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