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Understanding How to Transition Enterprise Apps to the Cloud

As the cloud has become more trusted and more established in many different industries, it has also become more effective and efficient. It’s grown beyond a place to simply store data into a service that provides secure, flexible software applications and even operating systems.

The cloud continues to grow and change as the needs of businesses and other organizations change. The manufacturing industry is one of the many that can take advantage of what the cloud offers.

One of these changes has to do with enterprise applications. More and more businesses have moved these applications off of their own servers and computers and into the cloud. This does involve making certain that the various delivery centers these apps need are also moved to the cloud. This is just one of the pitfalls that this type of application migration has, but it also has many different benefits. You can use this time to address security issues, improve your app’s visibility, and build a new, more effective recovery plan. Let’s take a closer look at how this transition can benefit you.

Leave the Mess Behind

Moving your enterprise app to the cloud is similar to moving into a new house. You can purge anything that you don’t need. Take this time to remove anything that was originally just going to be a quick patch until something better could be integrated. Now is your chance to take control of your access management system and your security.

Look at your network access and application strategies. Are the effective and efficient? If not, now’s the time to change them. Organize these strategies and determine if they’re really working as you intended them to be.

In addition to dealing with network problems and organizing your hardware, you can also use your move to the cloud to look through the architecture of your application and address any issues there. You can remove any legacy applications and bring in new ones that are more efficient or are easier to use. You can also implement automation and flexibility by bringing in new architectures the cloud offers. Integrating the cloud with the IoT in manufacturing can greatly impact your production and your bottom line.

Keep Your Identity

It’s vital that you control and manage user identities while moving over to the cloud. Your identity management tool needs to provide access as required, but also be centralized, so it’s easy to manage and secure. You can make use of technology such as Microsoft’s Active Directory tool to extend your identity management into the cloud and other SaaS services you offer. By making use of authentication protocols that use one single source instead of local identity, you create a more secure environment.

Monitor the Environment

Some people are still uncertain about the cloud and are afraid their data could easily be stolen. Fortunately, the cloud’s multiple layers provide a strong infrastructure that reduces the amount of work you have to do and the risks involved in maintaining a physical infrastructure yourself. By moving to the cloud, your business can focus more on areas such as security because you won’t have to divert resources to managing your own data center.

You can also partner with companies such as SafeNet to evaluate and determine your cloud’s security and other issues. For example, working with this consulting firm can help you see how you can transform a disruption in your services into a chance to determine your cloud-readiness, enhance any legacy systems you still you, and improve your security. An outside point of view can highlight areas in your security, platform assessment, transaction strategy, and other areas where you could make improvements.

SafeNet also provides a number of other services, including custom application development for the web, mobile devices, and the IoT. These applications are designed for user experience and make use of mixed reality and natural language interfaces.

Bring the Cloud Closer

More and more businesses are thinking about cloud exchanges. These exchanges bring the business’s equipment into a cloud-connected area, providing them with stronger, faster connections to various clouds.

Doing this lets you create virtual infrastructures to host your IT resources. By doing so, you can create private connections with very low latency, providing stronger security.

Maintain Your Servers

If you have a server that isn’t functioning correctly, some people simply kill it and then redeploy. But that strategy does have its downsides, especially if you’ve created an application on your servers and then decide to move it to the cloud. For that application to really thrive, you also have to move all of the supporting infrastructure to the cloud, too.

Make the Transition

Moving your enterprise applications over to the cloud does have many different benefits—you can reduce costs and increase your flexibility in the cloud. However, you do need to make certain that you also transition all of the required infrastructure. Otherwise, you’ll face a number of issues.

You also want to make certain that your applications are secure, available to those who need them and perform at the correct levels. Having a third-party consultant such as SafeNet can provide you with insights and monitoring so you can identify problems quickly and move to solve them before they cause major issues.