Are you considering moving your IT systems to the Cloud? If yes, then it is essential to comprehend the business purpose of your infrastructure and how it supports IT strategies. Given below is a five point checklist to help you reflect upon some major factors before shifting all or a part of your IT organizational structure to the Cloud.
- Security How safe is your data in the Cloud? It is important to choose a verified Cloud Service Provider before you surrender control of your intellectual property in order to prevent your company from being on the wrong side of litigation. Preparation for security concerns should be undertaken at the beginning of any cloud strategy to ensure that the company’s data is secure. For Example: Amazon Web Services is a verified Cloud service provider and utilizes best practices to secure the users data in AWS Cloud. Learn more at AWS Security Best Practices.
- Data Location Where will your data reside? It is vital to place your data at a location that is not contractually locked because once data is lost, recovering it is extremely difficult. Choose a cloud station that enables you to move about spontaneously, rapidly and with immediate signs of progress.
- Disaster Recovery If your cloud computing system experiences downtime or is faced with a disaster, what is your back up strategy and how is your Cloud Service Provider going to get you out of the crisis? To ensure business continuity, it is vital for employees and clients to still have the ability to access company data. For any amount of downtime, businesses should have some knowledge of what constitutes an outage and when fiscal penalties should take effect. Learn more at AWS Disaster Recovery.
- Scalability There is a limitation to everything. A cloud application is scalable, with a “pay as you go” strategy based on demand but even the Cloud has constraints. While framing a Cloud strategy, focus on the various “ceilings” like organization, storage, people, technology and cost to determine how much and how far your application is scalable. Determining your existing software compatibility with the Cloud is highly crucial as well. Learn more at AWS Auto Scaling.
- Reliability It is important to determine your vendor’s margin of error, frequency of power outages and security issues. Also, keeping a check on the accessibility and availability of cloud services can help you decide the best suitable cloud service provider for your business.
Following the establishment of the requirements for your business to successfully adopt Cloud technology, you can determine the appropriate cloud provider whose services align with your business and technology goals. Mission, an AWS consulting partner believes that AWS is ahead of all other Cloud providers, as proved by Gartner.