The potential provided by cloud computing technology has expanded amazingly each year; in addition to new resources, we have more and more sectors of the economy being served, new solutions created to meet the growing demand of customers.

We have examples of technologies covered by cloud computing ranging from big data, financial services, Internet of Things and different markets, such as governments, education and NGOs, which demonstrate the concern of service providers in the cloud, such as Amazon Web Services ( AWS), in serving different types of customers and technological advances.

However, all this expansion of the cloud has also negatively affected some companies, by increasing IT costs and reducing their operational efficiency, without taking full advantage of all the performance that the cloud is capable of offering. This is due to a lack of management and lack of a clearer strategic vision for the use of resources and the quality of services.

New business opportunities arise, but you need to know what you are doing

To help reconcile cutting-edge technology and good business, we will list 5 characteristics to make good use of the cloud:

1. Consider the characteristics of your solution before performing the migration

When carrying out the survey of the solution's architecture, it should be borne in mind that the cost of its migration will be due to the use of the resources used and the mass of data transferred. So it is very important to know which products will be used and how you will be charged for using these resources.

Another important point is to check the priorities to be implemented in your migration. Do a study, separate your project into stages and check what the priorities are.

A fundamental tip is to verify if there is financial viability to implement the resources in the project. Does it add value to the product and is it financially sustainable? Then it can be added to the solution.

2. Don't move to the cloud without considering the costs

Yes, we're still talking about features related to planning, but this is the first step towards the best use of cloud computing resources. Associate the survey of the architecture of the solution indicated in the previous step and analyze the costs of the operation. Planning is a fundamental part of the project to succeed.

3. Design and develop applications suited to the cloud architecture

Poorly built and poorly designed applications consume more resources and generate high costs. Remember the basic principle of any software: they are inputs and outputs of data that result in the storage of information, hence the importance of using a suitable solution to run in the cloud.

Badly designed software can generate an excessive amount of data, creating stress in relation to the use of the network and storage systems. It is worth remembering that the inefficiency of the solution will generate unnecessary expense. The main solution for this scenario is a code and functionality review of the system.

4. Know how to optimize the operational effectiveness of your cloud

Automatic scaling, load balancing and backup management are some of the features offered by AWS, but their use must be done optimally, avoiding workloads and unnecessary use.

It is worth highlighting the knowledge and best practices to be applied in each resource. Carrying out, for example, automatic resizing of instances implies expanding and reducing resources at times of peak and low demand. Therefore, anticipating this type of scenario and applying the best settings are best practices for all features in the architecture.

5. Manage and monitor the use of resources that are part of the solution

The last tip is related to resource monitoring. Always evaluate what is being used, the benefits generated and what is being unnecessary or forgotten. An important tip is to review billing cycles and see what can be optimized, reduced or expanded.

This entire review must be done assessing risks and based on future planning. The intention is not to compromise the operation, but to optimize it in the best possible way. It is not a trivial job to be done and therefore the need to use the appropriate tools and qualified and experienced personnel.

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Sky.One Team

This content was produced by SkyOne's team of cloud and digital transformation experts.