As you work on your list of IT goals, don’t overlook one that many business owners often forget: your cloud systems. Cloud computing does not require an on-premise server, so it’s easy to forget about it. Now, more than ever, it is imperative you check in on your IT workflow processes and review and assess your applications that are housed in the cloud.

So what goes into a cloud checkup? Three things, actually:

  1. Taking Inventory
  2. Assessing Spend
  3. Evaluating Your Security and Compliance Footprint

Inventory

You need a complete picture of your public cloud environments (including AWS and Azure) to ensure total visibility and streamline asset management. If you don’t know what’s in the cloud, you can’t employ IT best practices to keep assets safe.

A cloud inventory includes resources, assets, instances, services and supporting resources in your public cloud deployments. Make a list of any and all of these, and keep the list easily accessible so you and your team can update it when needed.

This is a great opportunity to do a little housecleaning. If you have old files or tools in the cloud, get rid of them if they are no longer in use.

While you’re in this stage, consider what else should be in your cloud. If you’re not sure, KLH can offer guidance.

Assess

Another reason to do a checkup of your cloud regularly is that it’s costing you money! According to Cloud Academy, 30-45% of a company’s cloud spend is wasted.

Assess all your native cloud data to check usage and performance analytics to optimize cloud costs. Can you combine services that you’re paying for as separate resources to save money? Can you reduce your plan if you’re paying for more memory than you need?

Evaluate

Evaluating your security and compliance footprint helps you mitigate security risks. When organizations start moving workloads to public clouds, they encounter security and compliance challenges they may not have foreseen. 

After you get a full inventory of your cloud assets and resources, you need to continuously assess for improperly configured systems and for nonstandard deployments that could be vulnerable to hackers. Your MSP can help you test and adjust as needed.

Maintaining compliance within the cloud is just as important as maintaining it on-premise. Almost all organizations are required to meet specific regulations and specifications from both an internal and external perspective, which affects their IT solutions, which must be monitored and implemented effectively.

Whether it is ISO, HIPPA or PCI DSS, all involve controls against security and data protection.

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KLH offers a consultative approach to all things cloud. We most often guide clients when it’s time to replace a server with cloud services. We take a look at how your business uses cloud services. Would any/some/all of your current business applications perform better in the cloud?  Let us help you make a strategic plan about your current cloud plan or your future cloud migration goals.