The popularity and growth of cloud services have caused a significant number of new providers to arise in the past few years. When you choose to migrate data and applications to a cloud environment, you also have to choose the right cloud service and provider.
With differently sized services and many vendors available, getting the migration underway isn’t exactly a swift and immediate process.
If you are ready to choose a cloud service, here are the steps you should take to find the right provider for you.
Step One: Define Business Objectives for the Cloud
There are a variety of reasons why you may want to migrate to the cloud. You may want to use the service to store data, or you might want to use a cloud-hosted email service. You may want to use an application in a cloud environment, or you might want to make use of third-party applications from the cloud.
When you discuss these needs with a cloud services provider like Vergent, you should also investigate the promises made to you by the provider. Reputable services that provide excellent service should provide extensive details about their services that go much further in-depth than talk about basic uptime.
An important conversation with your service provider will also include talk about your particular industry and whether the service provider has experience in that area.
Tip: If your business is large enough to employ IT professionals and managers, it’s important to include all decision-makers in discussions about choosing a cloud provider.
Step Two: Discuss Cost & Location of the Cloud
The cost isn’t the only consideration used in choosing a cloud services provider, but it is important.
The cost of the service will vary depending on the reasons for your company’s cloud requirements, location, and features.
To ensure good latency for your cloud-based applications, you may need to consider providers with domestic locations. Imagine you own a chain of retail stores, and the employees in those stores need access to your cloud. You need to investigate cloud locations in the vicinity of those retail stores to ensure the best latency and performance.
In addition to the location of your cloud, another feature you want to consider is the security measures used on the network. Although the details regarding network security may seem like a discussion for an IT professional, you want to compare the security features used by different providers.
Step Three: Examine Reputation & Services of the Cloud Provider
After investigating your bandwidth, cloud service needs, and the amount of money your company can spend on its cloud migration, it’s time to investigate your targeted list of potential cloud companies.
IT professionals are the best people to conduct these evaluations. But the responsibility might fall on a non-IT employee if your business is small and already utilizing third-party support for IT services.
Some of the non-technical considerations for your future cloud service provider may include:
- The reputation of the company’s customer service department.
- The cost of the migration to a particular company’s cloud environment.
- The monthly cost of the service compared to the industry average.
To evaluate the technical features of your cloud provider, you may want to hire a consultant if you don’t already have a dedicated IT professional working in-house.
In addition to providing networking and telecommunications services like business phone and IT support, Vergent can also help you transfer business data and applications to the cloud as part of an All-in-one network solution. Cloud services include storage and backup, cloud migration, and a variety of cloud environments including private, hybrid, and virtual private clouds.