If you’re planning on moving to the cloud, or have already taken steps to do so, you are like thousands of other business owners. Cloud providers have been improving their game to the point that many managers and executives can’t afford not to jump on the bandwagon. But no matter how seamless and intuitive your provider makes your transition to the cloud, you are still going to be going through a major transition. There are several important things to keep in mind in order to assure that your system runs smoothly and nothing horrible happens to it.
Data Sensitivity and Security Level
How sensitive is your data? How important is it to the survival or success of your business? People getting on the cloud need to know what level of security they are going to have for their sensitive data. Many assume that just because a service is offered to them as secure, that it is actually secure. Do some research! Find out what kinds of security measures your potential provider has in place.
The cloud is an incredibly convenient platform to keep your computing infrastructure on a continually improving and optimal level. The automatic download and upgrade of applications to your system is one way this happens. Just make sure that your provider is getting you the applications you need, not some useless stuff you could do without.
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Service provider contracts
Good contracts make for good business relationships. This is particularly the case with service providers. Don’t be shy with your service provider, even if they know everything about computing and you know nothing. You might want to do some research in order to have the ability to discern whether you are being fleeced or getting high quality service. Just because your computing service is moving to a remote location, doesn’t mean that your concern for the well-being and bottom line of your business ought to go to a remote location as well.
Data Storage and Performance
Your cloud provider is a high scope solution to your computing needs. However, you will need to keep track of which needs they are covering. Unless you specify, many service providers will keep the data storage and performance on the lower levels for you, in order to conserve space for the other businesses sharing their services with you. It may be necessary for you to get on somebody’s case, or at least for you to order additional space.
Cost of the Cloud Infrastructure
How much are you going to be paying for your cloud service? It all depends on how much your provider is spending on the infrastructure itself. A more expensive infrastructure may make for a better user experience, but that may not always be the case. The number one key for a quality cloud experience is the people behind the network. How you find the ideal match in the cloud for you is, well, up to you, but it’s important that you find the right fit.
Deney Dentel is the CEO at Nordisk Systems, Inc. Nordisk Systems is the only local IBM Premier Business Partner based in the Pacific Northwest, specializing in all IT infrastructures including servers, storage, cloud computing, virtualization and application needs.
Edited by Brooke Neuman