By Jennifer Hutchison
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, which means it’s almost time to celebrate your important relationships, from personal to family to business. Is your business is still looking for that true cloud love?
Searching for your own cloud provider can be as tricky as searching for a romantic partner. To help you, we’ve got a few tips to aid you in finding your happily ever after in the cloud.
Know What Your Business Needs
Like any good first date, you want to make sure you’re prepared. Do your research, and find out what your company needs. Do you need a cloud desktop to host all of your cloud apps? Do you know the difference between SaaS and PaaS? Once you’ve evaluated your needs and figured out what you want, you can move on to researching several cloud provider offerings. Don’t wait until the last minute! Time and preparation are key to starting off right.
Check the Service Agreement
Just like any relationship, you need to be able to rely on your partner. Once you find a compatible cloud provider, you need to make sure that they’re equipped to handle any situation that may occur. After all, support problems just don’t disappear overnight. Make sure the providers you consider offer comprehensive support packages that will assist you in your time of need.
Security’s in the Details
While looking for your ideal cloud provider, make sure that the one you choose guarantees that your information will remain safe and secure. You need a reliable partner who can protect the data stored in your cloud as well as any information you transmit. If your cloud provider can keep all of your information secure without breaking a sweat, it’s a safe bet that you’ve found The One.
Look to the Future
You don’t need to start immediately planning your future together, but it doesn’t hurt to keep an eye on the horizon. Your cloud provider needs to be able to fit into your current and future plans. A cloud solution should be able to accommodate your company’s growth and should be able to contract or expand depending on your company’s needs. In other words, your cloud needs to be able to grow with you – just like any partner.
And Don’t Forget...
The best relationships grow with time. Both partners evolve and respond to each other’s desires and needs. The best cloud providers will continue to improve their infrastructure and service offerings – all to your benefit. Together, you and your cloud provider will build a solid business relationship based on respect and trust.
When you are ready to begin a relationship with a cloud provider, as with a new date, you need to make sure that they have the same goals and ideals as you. You’ll need your cloud provider to be able to protect your best interests, support you when you need it, and keep up with you in an ever-changing world. Moving to the cloud is a game-changer, so follow these steps to make sure your cloud partner is the perfect fit!