Moving to the cloud? ComputerSupport.com has ten things to consider when moving to the cloud and hiring a cloud hosting provider. According to many IT predictions for 2014, this year promises to be the one where cloud computing becomes the norm for most businesses. ComputerSupport.
Moving to the Cloud
1. Are you looking to cut costs?
Since cloud computing is much faster to deploy, businesses have minimal project start-up costs and predictable ongoing operating expenses. They would also remove any upfront CAPEX costs associated with hardware maintenance.
2. What are your business needs?
Cloud computing increases collaboration by allowing all employees – wherever they are – to sync up and work on documents and shared apps simultaneously.
3. Is your infrastructure aging?
Rather than purchasing expensive systems and equipment for your business, you can reduce your costs by using the resources of your cloud computing service provider.
4. Do you want to simplify your disaster recovery plan?
When companies start relying on cloud-based services, they no longer need complex disaster recovery plans. Cloud computing providers take care of most issues, and they do it faster.
5. How easy are your systems to manage?
Where in the past, people would run applications or programs from software downloaded on a physical computer or server in their building, cloud computing allows people access the same kinds of applications through the internet.
Choosing a Cloud Provider When Moving to the Cloud
6. Does the provider have a positive track record?
It is important to assess each provider’s reputation and capabilities. Does that track record show a positive history of the provider’s after-sales support, customer service, management and technical support?
7. What are the provider’s technology capabilities?
Decision makers should clearly understand all the cloud service solutions that the provider offers and its record for implementing new technologies based on business and market needs.
8. What is the provider resiliency?
The right provider is one that provides top system availability on service-level agreements. To assess the system availability and resiliency of a provider, it is important to review its uptime and outage history, and the overall resiliency of its data recovery and data protection processes.
9. What are the provider’s security capabilities?
It is important to assess each provider’s security capabilities in key areas, such as: anti-malware protection, data eradication encryption mechanisms, government and industry regulations, identity management and physical security compliance. It is also helpful to learn whether the provider participates in and complies with the CSA’s STAR guidelines.
10. Are there any associated costs?
While cost is a significant factor when choosing a cloud provider, it shouldn’t be the only basis for this decision. The provider you ultimately choose should offer solutions that align with the firm’s current and long-term pricing model, with a cost that is within budget and appropriate for the services rendered.
Cloud computing can be a powerful tool, and in 2014, every financial professional should be thinking of ways it can benefit their organization. Cloud computing grew at an incredible rate in 2013, and Gartner predicts it will grow 41.3 percent through the year 2016.
ComputerSupport.com’s ITAnyWhere Cloud revolutionizes the way businesses operate by allowing instant, secure access to their hosted IT infrastructure from anywhere. All applications, data files, emails, and shared company data is accessible to all employees from any PC, Mac, or tablet with internet access.
ComputerSupport.com recently added Secure.Share for Small to Medium Business and Enterprise to their ITAnyWhere Cloud service. Secure.Share provides an easy way for businesses to share and sync important data across multiple platforms, while keeping security a top priority. The dashboard allows administrators to keep strict policies based on their organization’s needs. It is easy to collaborate on files using Team Shares in Secure.Share. Multiple people can access and share a folder and its contents through phones, tablets, and machines. Anytime a file changes on their Team Share, everyone will get updated instantly on every device.
This feature allows users to keep all of their data, whether it is presentations, spreadsheets, pictures, or other important files with them wherever they go. Freedom to work from smart phones, tablets, desktops, the web and laptops. Anytime a file is updated, users can be assured, it will be updated across all of their devices for universal file access. When using Secure.Share, users don’t have to worry about dealing with 3rd party vendors. Their trusted IT department will be managing all of their accounts from one central dashboard.
The cost benefits of cloud services are slowly converting businesses of all sizes from on premise technology to cloud-based technology. By providing the equipment, software, and support needed to keep a business operational, cloud providers can empower businesses to remain competitive while saving money.
Since 2006, ComputerSupport.Com has been providing managed IT services, cloud, and staff augmentation to businesses across the United States. Their mission is to help business executives get the most out of their technology investment. ComputerSupport.com has been the recipient of awards from the Boston Business Journal, CRN magazine and others. ComputerSupport.com, 855-397-8776, www.computersupport.com.