Cloud computing has brought in a sea change in the utilization of computing resources through automatic provisioning and release, fostered better collaboration among the stakeholders within the organization and enhanced the overall business performance. The integration of cloud in an organization definitely redefines the IT and business operations. However, shifting gears to cloud at times pose challenges related to authority, protection, and reliability. Moreover, there are changes in the roles and responsibilities of employees working in the enterprise and IT operations of the organization.

Let's have a closer look at some of the challenges that faced by SMBs while embracing this new emerging technology

Cloud burst : In a rush to embrace the cloud technology, some of the organizations do take a hasty decision to redesign their core system with a cloud first approach. However, a cloud adoption means that the system may not function anymore on-premises after it has been redesigned, explicitly if the system hinges on Platform as a Service (PaaS) components. While the adoption of PaaS makes sense only when your business is in a position to embrace the cloud finally, it can be bit tricky to leverage with systems that need to operate in different clouds or on-premises. Consequently, some businesses have now changed the way and reorganizing their cloud strategy simply by devising their on-premise first, and transforming only the essential components to burst when required in the cloud. Basically, this means that the components should function properly in any environment, which may require either making most of the IaaS or doing supplementary investments for PaaS applications, or both.

Following the rat race in dilemma: Albeit most of the business do benefit from cloud technology, however not all of them can evidently recognize a business reason for doing so other than in very generic terms. Some companies allege that it's economical, or it enables them to scale up or down their resources, without any specific metric or clear strategy behind the adoption decision. While, some companies do have a very clear approach behind cloud adoption and can accurately articulate their business benefits, such as 500% increase in the volume of web traffic twice a year, hence they require bursting in the cloud to evade replication of their network and server capacity. Rather than following the rat race in dilemma it will be wise on the part of organizations to first determine the best possible path and timeline to adoption.

Confused - Performance or Scalability: Even though performance and scalability are interconnected concepts, they are nevertheless unlike in nature. Performance can be referred to as the response time under a given workload, while scalability is the performance curve over a wide assortment of workloads. For instance, a system could see great performance even with 100 users, however can break with 1,000 users, wherein the system would not be scaled. Nevertheless, another system may perform averagely with 100 users, but exhibit same level of performance with 1, 00,000 users, in such cases the can be scaled. Therefore, it is utmost important to know that cloud computing does not typically provide better performance, rather facilitate the end-users with the relevant tools crucial to build a scalable system.

In a nutshell, it is always wise to be well aware about the technology that you are thinking of adopting. It will certainly make your journey to cloud more smooth and easier.