Cloud- Driven Recovery
SME Magazine Singapore|Issue 40, 2021
With digital transformation being an important catalyst for Malaysia’s inclusive economic recovery, cloud computing plays an important role that enables . the country to acquire the advantages that technology offers.
Dafizeck Daud

Cloud technology has made so much possible – from accelerating Covid vaccine development to smart city digital transformations across sectors. Cloud brings a myriad of benefits to public sector organisations - from reducing the costs of maintenance and technology infrastructure upgrades, to increasing their agility to respond to the needs of SMEs.

Countries with cloud first policies encourage public sector entities to use cloud service providers over legacy on-premises IT infrastructure, and these countries have succeeded in developing valuable services.

Effective cloud first policies clarify the roles and responsibilities of government entities and cloud service providers, adopt a risk-based approach to data classification and leverage international standards for compliance and accreditation.

By embracing the cloud and its benefits, from its embedded high-level security, rapid elasticity, and economies of scale, public sector organizations can focus on their core mission: serving citizens.

A cloud-first strategy may appear like a radical move from traditional setups. One of the benefits of a hybrid or on-premises strategy is being in control. You and your team know where your critical servers live. Your team understands your security processes, and you can easily verify security personnel.

However, a growing number of software teams are moving to cloud-first strategies that do offer strategic business benefits for SMEs.

WHAT AND WHY CLOUD-FIRST STRATEGY?

Cloud-first strategies are operations strategies where teams move all or most of their infrastructure to cloud-computing platforms like AWS, Google Cloud or Microsoft Azure. Instead of using physical resources like server clusters, they house resources—even mission-critical and secure resources—in the cloud. To SMEs used to co-located hardware, this might seem radical.

However, the opposite is also true. Developers with a cloud-first mentality will surely find the idea of tying servers to a physical location unthinkable. Cloud-first teams don’t think of their servers as discrete pieces of hardware or even virtual servers. Instead, they think of them as software to fulfill a business function.

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