How to Beat the Biggest Problems of Cloud-Based Big Data
The actionable insights generated by big data analytics mean a lot of interest in this technology. Cloud-based big data represents a great way to address this growing need, but for many companies, too many challenges have gotten in the way. A recent report from The Next Web took a look at how to address these challenges.
A 2014 Gartner survey noted that not even half of organizations that had big data programs going were putting the cloud to use. While online-based businesses have proven different, there were still quite a few challenges keeping others out of the cloud. The difference between data centers and cloud operations was a huge factor, and many companies were working with their own data centers rather than making a move to cloud. Those with on-premise data centers were finding that keeping them and cloud-based operations working together was a major undertaking, which hurt cost savings.
It wasn't just the difficulty; issues of resources and expertise proved the biggest problem, followed up by security, and shortages on several fronts, including cloud architecture and DevOps, along with developer skills in general. Even a lack of standards was proving to be a challenge.
Addressing all these issues, however, could at least be started with a couple of simple measures. First, focus on evaluating cloud service providers. With a large number of options in the field, it's easy to select one that's not the best just by virtue of the sheer number. Knowing exactly what to look for will improve the likely outcome. Second, focus on internal skills. Whether there are skills that can be developed for current IT staff, or skills that need to be brought in from the outside, knowing what's needed can help bridge the gap.
When so many companies aren't even sure exactly what they need to get the job done, or how to get it done as efficiently and effectively as possible, that's a point that needs to be addressed as quickly as possible. It wasn't so long ago that security was the big problem keeping people away from cloud-based operations; that might well have started the problem rolling. As security improved, businesses became more interested in cloud operations, but had already established premise-based operations instead, leaving them in the lurch for cloud operations.
Cloud security has caught up in recent days, giving users just what's desired and made the cloud a safer place to operate. Now, the actual operations side of things needs to kick in, and businesses right now are caught flat-footed. There's room for improvement here, and once businesses know what needs to be done to carry on, they can continue putting these things in place to make the most of this new technology.
Edited by Rory J. Thompson