Are you looking for a cloud provider, the most important things to remember
Cloud computing has become the backbone for most of the IT infrastructure. In the past two years, CIOs of companies around the world have begun to perceive the cloud model as a platform for cost savings and energy efficiency. As a result, companies are increasingly looking to spend their IT infrastructure to the cloud. System integrators simultaneously facing a huge opportunity and a new challenge when it comes to providing these cloud-based services to business, and try to adapt the traditional SLA services the cloud model.
The performance of a cloud service tends to be determined by the connectivity, bandwidth and latency of customer networks; extraneous factors that cannot always be controlled by a system Integrator. In the cloud, the system Integrator has the opportunity not only to expand their existing relationships with corporate clients but add a new dimension. The cloud helps unite different platforms and systems integrator provides the opportunity to build a platform tailored to its customers.
The integration between platforms, the need for federated management and security tools, along with the ability to deliver the service under industry standards are playing requirements for the system integrator.
The journey to the cloud can sometimes be like walking through a minefield because of unscrupulous service providers and integrators of services with service offerings that aim to respond to all your needs, but it turns out they are little more than marketing hype and false promises. It may seem a daunting task for some, especially for smaller organizations with fewer resources and less experience in the choice of cloud providers. But this is not impossible and therefore, it is important to consider some tips that may be helpful to ease the burden and make sure you take the right decision.
When looking for a cloud provider, the most important thing to remember is to undertake the journey to the cloud does not mean forget all our data just because someone else is storing and managing them. It is critical to remember that no matter what the cloud provider can say, responsibility for the security and integration of our information is always up to the customer essentially.
With this in mind, it is time to act with diligence. It’s all about finding a supplier able to meet customer demands. Now these will depend on what it is you are using the cloud. If a company uses to run a transactional database, for example, latency is an important issue and you may need to find a supplier with data centers located nearby. The same applies if the regulatory requirements stipulate that the data cannot leave the country or if there are some strict safety standards that must be met, then they should be referred to in service level agreements (SLA).
On the other hand, we also need a different set of requirements if the organization is using a cloud platform to a production environment or development, or whether it is one of proof. In the latter case, for example, sensitive IPs should be extracted from the cloud securely in small steps and then moved to the premises of the company, which some providers may not be able to do successfully.
The two biggest areas of concern are probably data security and performance, but the billing and support are also important to ensure trouble-free service. The turnover, in particular, needs to be automated and transparent to avoid any impact on the line, while support options must meet standards own IT team.
You also need to see the close – system administration ensuring that the supplier uses strictly controlled access role-based directory services that can be moved without problem from their local environment to the cloud. In this regard, it is essential that systems can interact seamlessly with the cloud provider. System administrators will seek the opportunity to manage through a single control panel, which will also benefit the customer to maximize their IT resources.
One of the major problems with cloud projects is that there is a universal framework of standards by which one can select the right provider. In fact, cloud computing is often not a single definition is limited, making it doubly important to set plenty of time making that list of requirements of IT and business. Then, confirm that these requirements must be strictly applied and impose tough sanctions that should be included in the contract in the event that the SLA not met.
However, there also helps your fingertips. Several agencies independent cloud, as the Cloud Industry Forum, which provide a wealth of information and useful tips. Another good idea is to visit as many industry events as possible and engage in networking with professional colleagues, find out what their needs are, what suppliers are using and get those references. At least, there are 4 or 5 conferences a month on cloud and cloud security, so my advice is to go and gather as much information as possible before making a decision.
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By Asher Ross
Asher is an expert technical writer from UK web hosting company eUkhost LTD. eUkhost has completed 11 successful years in Web hosting industry and specialized in deploying Cloud hosting solutions, Dedicated hosting and many more with free tech support and complete web hosting satisfaction.
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