10 quick things to consider when looking for a cloud solution
August 26th, 2010
Making the leap to the cloud can be daunting but here are some things to ask a cloud provider and considerations to make that will make your future a little less uncertain.
- If the solution doesn’t interface with other vendors and solutions then think twice.
- Know your exit from your cloud service provider before you go in.
- Look for a solution that can be tailored to your exact needs – don’t change your operations without good reason.
- Because it’s online don’t feel you need to purchase online. If you want to see someone then make sure you do.
- Ask what the service providers’ business continuity plans are. What happens if their data centre suffers an extreme disaster? Will your business be affected?
- In the future cloud services will be the norm for software – in-house software will the exception.
- If buying from an international provider then make sure their support is adequate during your opening hours.
- Many cloud service providers are new and potentially unstable. Make sure your provider is proven and that their infrastructure and security is solid.
- Don’t expect your internet connection to always work. It’s not unheard of to lose connectivity for a day or two so have protection in place.
- Cloud isn’t always the right solution. Make sure you are clear on all of the options and consider in-house and your own private cloud.
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