As a cloud services brokerage, we often work with companies to help them identify the right cloud for them, based on a variety of factors. One of the most common concerns for companies looking to move to the cloud is cost—no one has an unlimited budget for the cloud. How can businesses select the right cloud for them, at the right cost?
Working with a consultant or a cloud services brokerage can help. Most will offer a customized roadmap that is tailored to the needs of your business and use case. Some factors we consider when advising on cloud strategy:
Are you confident that you know how much bandwidth and capacity you need? Different use cases require different resources—do you need fast file transfers? What archiving solutions do you need? Depending on budget, it may make sense to go with a reserved instance over an on-demand instance. Determining the correct path can take quite a bit of planning and a deep understanding of current processes, usage, and corporate expectations.
What level of security does your business require? Do you need your cloud services provider to be FedRAMP certified? Is your cloud services provider prepared for the new Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) act, which is going into effect in 2018? These are all crucial to the success of your cloud migration, and it can be very helpful to have an outside opinion, as internal resources may not be familiar with all regulations and security requirements placed on your business.
How comfortable would your staff be managing a cloud-based system? Do you have the internal resources needed to be successful before, during, and after a cloud migration? It’s entirely possible that you may need to adjust staffing for a move to the cloud, and subsequent business processes should also be developed with your particular organizational structure in mind.
Do your current disaster recovery processes need to be adjusted once you move to the cloud? Likely, yes. There are endless DR software tools and systems available—how will you choose the right one for your business needs? Working with a consultant to advise on recovery processes and systems can be beneficial, and is important to consider prior to beginning any sort of cloud migration process.
Given the vast number of considerations that must be made when developing a cloud strategy, it can be exceedingly tricky to evaluate cloud services providers and their unique offerings, especially when on a budget. This is why working with a trusted partner or consultant can be so helpful. We are able to sit down with your business leaders to understand their goals for cloud strategy and advise on the risks and benefits of each available solution.