5 tips for using cloud computing-Moving your business’ computing requirements to the cloud is one of the most profitable choices you can make, as cloud computing services are significantly cheaper do design, deploy, expand and use than setting up an in-house computing infrastructure. Be that as it may, there are some things you will need to know in order to make the most out of cloud computing. Here are 5 tips for using cloud computing to ensure business success.
- Assess your needs
One of the most common mistakes that business owners make when opting for cloud computing is to jump in without getting familiar with the field first. Just because cloud computing is cheaper than in-house computing doesn’t mean you have to take the first offer you get. It’s quite easy to get blinded by the low costs and end up signing up for services and features you don’t actually need, which will prove to be a financial burden on the long run.
To prevent this, clearly assess your business’ needs before you go cloud-provider-hunting. Unlike the case of an in-house infrastructure that needs to be upgraded or replaced when the needs change, cloud computing is quite flexible in terms of upgradability and scalability, so you should only take into account your current needs and ones that will come into effect in the near future. Obtaining and paying just for the services you actually need will allow you to save money, and put them to good use in other departments, thus improving your business.
- Select the right provider
Where there’s demand, there’s offer – that’s how every market works, and the market of cloud computing is no exception. However, when your business’ success is at stake, you may want to be extra careful when going through the offers.
There are many legit cloud companies out there, but just as many resellers or shady businesses that offer cloud packages that might not provide the quality level you would expect. Luckily, identifying such providers is fairly easy: just ask a lot of questions and go into technical details, and it will be obvious if they really know they stuff and offer what they claim, or it’s just a game of smoke and mirrors.
Another aspect to consider when choosing your provider is their flexibility – are they capable and willing to modify their services to fit your needs? You will want a provider that’s flexible and can easily adapt to your business’ needs.
- Security is important
Security is a key element when it comes to the cloud, as many people still consider clouds to be vulnerable. When you’re running your business using the cloud, your clients will want to know that their data is safe, so you should make sure that that’s actually true. Aside from choosing a cloud service provider that has the latest security technologies, you should take things further and test the security yourself. It is not uncommon practice to hire a white-hat hacker to test the services you’re paying for.
- Backups are important too
Just because the cloud service you’re using prove to be secured doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared for the unknown. Keeping a local backup of your databases and updating it regularly will keep you on the safe side in case something goes very wrong and your data is lost. While cloud service providers are usually liable for data loss if it is occurs due to their fault, it is your company that will fall in the eyes of your clients, because it’s you they make business with, not your cloud provider.
- Stay connected!
One of the commonly overlooked aspects when it comes to using cloud computing is the Internet connection. Most people spend a lot of time to find a good cloud provider with reliable services, but don’t take into consideration the fact that their own Internet connection plays a major role in the whole cloud equation as well. You can have the most sophisticated cloud computing services at your fingertips and not be able to use them due to poor Internet connectivity.
The best approach here is to have two (or more) independent Internet connections, from different providers. This way, if one line goes down, you’re still able to access your cloud computing services and carry on with your business.
By Daniel Lewis and Conosco.com!