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5 Things you Need to Know Before Implementing Cloud Computing Storage

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If you are thinking of jumping your company up to cloud level, there are a few key criteria you need to consider to ensure the move is the right one for you.

Shifting a whole firm, its IT infrastructure and data network skywards is a great way to enhance security, putting you beyond the reach of any number of unfortunate happenings that can bring inadequately backed-up companies back down to earth with a bump.

Ideally, you’ll be after the best of both worlds: real-life servers combined with cloud servers. Below are five key mind-bites to precursor attempts to strike that perfect balance.

What do you want to achieve?

Fashion may be moving on up, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that reaching for the sky is the best way forward for your company. Start by considering the business goals to which you might move closer with the aid of migration to the cloud.

Maybe having two thirds of your data base in virtual, cloud-based servers will make you a big saving while pushing up productivity by 25 per cent. You need to work your ambitions out, and have them to hand on a daily basis so that they can be reviewed and revised easily with colleague collaboration.

How much space to you really need?

Resist the kid-in-a-candy-store approach. You only need a finite amount of this good thing, and life on the cloud can be costly, even if they do promise to bring down expenditure while boosting productivity.

You need to spend decent time with your accountant and devise a dedicated budget for cloud storage, founded on a firm grasp of the requirements of the firm. Have that conversation, then put things in writing which outline a budget before you fill your basket.

Maximise bandwidth

An essential aspect of moving to cloud services: working on a downgraded or minimal bandwidth will undermine your move and cause a frustration akin to trying to watch a film on a slow internet connection.

To avoid getting annoyed by an infinitely revolving egg timer, nail your internet bandwidth to the amount of storage you need, and the software and services that you have contracted to.

Bespoke services selection

It is important to remember to cherry-pick exactly what you want from your cloud service. For instance, Office 365 will probably be needed, along with a variety of Software as a Service (Saas) provider. However, you will need to decide how much space you require, forecasted throughout the forthcoming tax year.

Select services that pair precisely with your business model and its data centre to get the most out of your money.

Check your on-boarding and off-boarding clauses

In their haste to stay up to industry speed, many companies find themselves tripping over as they clamour for cloud services. This can have severe implications if bosses go headlong into contracts without considering all the options.

Be careful not to get caught in deals that offer no leeway, should services fall short of expectations. A sensible off-boarding clause in the contract is essential to leverage this, as it will give a formal and fair channel to go down in the event of dissatisfaction.

These steps can be considered in partnership with a good IT services company, enabling you to site reasons for escaping the contract without high cost.

 

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