Any seasoned driver knows there are different rules of the road depending on where you’re going. Driving on a highway is a much different experience than traveling backroads – with varying speeds, traffic patterns, and roadblocks. This means operators must adapt to get from “here” to “there” in the safest and fastest way possible. It’s not unlike some of the challenges users experience on today’s cloud and data superhighway.

Cloud is the ultimate virtual roadway – where data moves and shifts across storage, management and analysis. There are also different ways for users to experience this “journey” – from private and public to hybrid cloud. That’s why every business must understand all implementation opportunities and challenges ahead of time to avoid roadblocks along the way.

Recent industry reports size the cloud computing market at $272 billion, a number expected to reach $623.3 billion by 2023. And while there are varying “flavors” of cloud, an increasing number of companies are opting for hybrid cloud implementations – mixing on-premise, private and third-party public cloud services with full orchestration across each. This allows companies to capitalize on their existing in-house infrastructure while maximising agility by adapting and changing as priorities evolve.

Despite these benefits, some enterprises are still reluctant to push hybrid cloud – mostly due to misconceptions about the technology itself. One of the most common roadblocks is fear of losing control. Once data sets are no longer in-house, some believe it makes them harder to view and access. Actually, just the opposite is true. When stored in the cloud, data is MORE readily available – allowing teams to view and access anywhere there’s a connection. Data can also be stored or removed based on the owner’s needs.

Yet another common roadblock is internal alignment. Moving data sets to the cloud is a big deal, and poor internal alignment across IT and the executive suite can quickly hinder projects. To power hybrid cloud and make it profitable, there must be internal alignment at all levels – from top executives to IT staff. Each must understand these individual projects, how they’re implemented, success metrics, and expected ROI. Once teams are on the same page, the business can effectively make the transition.

As with any new technology implementation, security is always a concern. Given the ever-growing universe of cyber attacks, businesses must always ensure data is safe, compliant and protected. Much like the “loss of control” roadblock, some IT leaders fear cloud equates to inadequate security. However, most industry experts believe security is actually BETTER in a cloud environment. That’s because one of the prime directives of any cloud provider is keeping data safe. Security is directly built into most service level agreements, and well-defined best-practices are standard to cloud implementations. Even better – when data is stored off-site via cloud – employees, vendors and visitors are physically separated from other mission-critical data. This makes it less likely for hackers to inadvertently access and leverage this information.

Fortunately, companies like Consultel Cloud are well aligned to help overcome many of these roadblocks. The team goes deep on partnerships to ensure the most successful cloud implementations possible. Our partnership with NetApp fuels a hyper converged infrastructure (HCI) – combining compute and storage into a single and scalable platform controlled via a single management platform. Both storage and compute can also scale independently while maintaining performance.

This HCI-as-a-Service offering drives incredibly dynamic access to data, ensuring customers can easily expand, contract and adapt based on their unique needs. By accelerating digital transformations, our customers are regularly overcoming many typical cloud roadblocks by collaborating with our team of experts.

No one said the road to cloud would be easy. But with Consultel Cloud, we’re making these roadblocks much less challenging to navigate. Let us show you how. Contact one of our experts today!