5 Best Ways To Find Cloud Solutions For Your Business

5 Best Ways to Find Cloud Solutions for Your Business

Cloud computing is steadily becoming the “go to” solution for a lot of businesses, and rightly so. Cloud computing allows even small and medium businesses to compete in the bigger game by allowing them to avail of IT solutions that were previously out of reach because of the cost of installing and managing one in-house. Services offered on the cloud allow for a sophisticated level of customization which means that there is something for almost any kind of business to use, from simple cloud storage and file server solutions to fully fleshed-out ERP solutions that allow access for multiple clients, suppliers and administrators and offer full automation of various business processes.

It becomes easy to run a successful business once all the tools are in place; and this means finding the right cloud solution for your business. The hard part is actually finding the right one which fits your business model and policies, and of course fits your budget while also providing the most returns.

Here are five ways to help you find the best cloud solutions for your business.

  1. Do an extensive audit of your business processes and determine which aspects of it are in dire need of change. Not everything needs to be changed, some things already work best in the way they already are and changing that may even be bad for productivity. So you must first find out which aspect needs to be placed on the cloud. If you are a small business without a dedicated IT department and with no resources to grow such a department, then it really makes sense to outsource your IT needs on the cloud. This saves up a lot of money compared to calling a different third party service every time some computer bogs down.
  2. Find out which aspect of cloud computing is best for your business. Infrastructure-as-a-service or utility computing is best if your business needs infrastructure like databases and file servers. Platform-as-a-service serves organizations that also provide some IT services to smaller clients or runs certain computing platforms in order to carry out their business processes. Software-as-a-service is best suited for small businesses that may not be able to afford all the licenses that they may need if they bought individual software packages. This is a good pay-per-use mechanic so that the company will only pay when they have use of the software. Choose the best vendor which offers the solutions that you need. There are literally hundreds of cloud service providers out there and with a little research you will find one that offers the best mix of usability and price that is just right for your business.
  3. Availability is the next question that should be asked when you have determined the computing need and are considering vendors. Will the service be available especially when you need it the most? What is their track record when it comes to availability and downtime? Consider those providers with the shortest downtime, because seriously, none can really offer 100% availability.
  4. Security is one of the biggest concerns in cloud computing because you have no handle on your data. This includes the physical security of the infrastructure that holds your data. Does the vendor have contingency plans for natural disasters or even terrorist attacks? Find out how often they back up and how you can recover your data and how quickly. Also find out if their online security methods are designed and tested by industry veterans or professionals.
  5. Performance should not be left to “okay” at best.Performance has always been an issue even when using in-house services, so why settle for less when going on the cloud? Make user that your provider is able to provide performance on top of affordability.

By Abdul Salam

Abdul

Abdul Salam is IT professional and an accomplished technical writer with CloudTweaks. He earned his undergraduate degree in Information Technology followed by a postgraduate degree in Business Informatics. Abdul possess over 3 years’ experience in technical & business writing with deep knowledge in Cloud Computing, VMware,Oracle, Oracle ERP, Cloud ERP, Microsoft Technologies and Network Communications (Cisco, Juniper). Visit his LinkedIn profile at: http://linkd.in/TtFu7X

2 Responses to 5 Best Ways To Find Cloud Solutions For Your Business

  1. Thanks for the article – I think it is particularly useful for the small companies that are at the beginning of their way. There is still little or no understanding of cloud computing among SME and this leads to misunderstanding – mainly connected to the security.


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