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How to move data and applications in the Cloud [Tip]

CloudAre you intending to move data and applications in the Cloud? If so, you must first become aware of applications that will work well and those which will not. There are some basic rules that a user should follow when moving data and applications in the Cloud.

What is the Cloud?

In simple terms, Cloud computing means storing your valuable data and applications on the Internet. Cloud computing is commonly known as the “Cloud.” In a Cloud, the Cloud based applications or SaaS runs on distant computers that are far away from your actual place. These Cloud servers are owned by others and it is connected via the browser. It allows you to store data and applications in the Cloud, which is a distant server. All this information would normally be saved on your computer hard drive, thereby saving space on your computer. Some also feel that Cloud computing is more secure than having data on your own computer.

Before you start moving your data and applications in the Cloud, we need to consider a few points.

Points to consider before moving the data:

  1. Security: Security should be your top priority. As a user, you should ask the Cloud provider about the types of securities they offer. Data encryption and access control are the key areas that should be checked.
  2. Regulatory Compliance: If you are dealing with critical applications, especially those related to the financial sector or healthcare sector, you should make sure that it works fine in the Cloud before moving in.
  3. Availability: Before you start moving your data and applications in the Cloud, you should check with the Cloud provider about the availability of applications and other services offered by them. Most Cloud providers do not offer customized Cloud servers.

It is a difficult task to verify the applications that work well in the Cloud and those that do not. This verification must be done before you start moving your data and applications in the cloud.

Some Common Types of Apps that Work Well in the Cloud

  1. Dev apps: Dev and test apps are apps that work well in the cloud. It is a natural fit to Cloud computing.
  2. Personal apps: Personal productivity apps such as word processing and presentation softwares work well in the Cloud.
  3. Collaborative apps: Applications such as social networking applications and web conferencing applications work well in the Cloud. Applications related to share point also work well here.
  4. Disaster recovery application: Disaster recovery applications are considered the best applications for moving to Cloud servers. It provides a cost effective and easily accessible platform for disaster recovery apps.
  5. Big data application: The big data applications are another good category of applications for moving to the Cloud as they won’t be taking up space on your computer.

If you have apps that fall into the above category, you can easily move the data and applications in the Cloud.

Some Apps that do not Work Well in the Cloud

  1. Mission Critical Application: Applications such as ERP suites do not work well with the Cloud. They have sensitive data and large sheets of data. These types of application are generally not moved to the cloud.
  2. Network Apps: It is not recommended to move network intensity applications to a Cloud server. These types of applications generally look to access other apps and can create a complicated environment. So, they are not moved to the Cloud.

Conclusion

Moving your data and applications in the Cloud is a complicated process. Considering the points discussed above, you should spend some time to make a decision about the applications that can be used in the Cloud.