Shifting to the enterprise cloud can be a daunting shift for businesses. But it is also a necessary change, since the cloud is quickly emerging as the primary platform where business happens. The cloud market is growing rapidly, and is projected to be an almost $80 billion industry by 2018, according to Forbes. Businesses planning to make their cloud transition are advised to keep certain considerations in mind to ensure that shift is as successful as possible. Here are some key points to remember when making a cloudward move:

1. Keep security in mind: Despite its myriad benefits, the cloud makes some businesses worry that its open platform could make their data susceptible to breaches. This concern makes sense in the public cloud, since it lacks the security infrastructure to guarantee data protection. As Data Center Knowledge contributor Bill Kleyman points out, being in the enterprise cloud places the business in control of its data, therefore making it easy for businesses to acquire in-cloud security measures like intrusion prevention and data loss prevention. Moving to the cloud should be about gaining control, not relinquishing it. And control is exactly what the private cloud offers.

2. Think about expediting operations: Organizations move to the cloud for a simple reason – to make operations easier. Business goes faster if employees working remotely can tap into the company network and easily connect with prospects across the globe. But this ease of use can be interrupted in the public cloud, since a particular vendor could be vulnerable to outages. Cloud users on a popular public cloud platform found that out the hard way recently when their provider experienced an outage that lasted up to two days, according to CNET. Since they had no control over identifying the cause of the outage or restoring functionality, users could only wait for the problem to be rectified. The amount of time users lost to the outage made them wary of the public cloud's efficiency. Fortunately, these vulnerabilities are far less common in the enterprise cloud. Because the private cloud puts users at the helm, they will never be in the dark. If something like an outage occurs, they can work alongside their cloud service provider to quickly identify the issue and fix it in a timely manner, restoring the cloud to what it does best – make business faster.

3. Ensure data cohesion: Gone is the day when company data was stored on different hard drives. The cloud offers the ability to unify data on a single platform, making it both more accessible and navigable. This emphasis on cohesion is drawing companies big and small to the enterprise cloud. Among the recent private cloud converts is Air France, which implemented a private cloud solution to help regulate the 1,500 flights it operates on a daily basis. For Air France and other large companies, the enterprise cloud was the logical answer to a need for increased efficiency.

"This scalable platform will allow Air France to put in place monitoring and audit tools in order to achieve better quality of service," said Patrick Bourel, head of Open Systems for Air France.