Brief : Get answers to these questions and ease your confusion about moving your business to Cloud

There are loads of pages available over the web that tells you about the different reasons why you must move to cloud, some are factual while others sales pitches. This usually tends to cause confusion amongst consumers, leaving them with no choice but to stick with the traditional ways of hosting.

So, with a perspective to help you get out of this confusion, we are presenting a couple of questions which you must ask to yourself and the Cloud vendor.

What are the Growth Estimations in years to come?

It’s important to estimate growth in the years by your business. Doing that it’s also important to consider the measures that are going to help you ensure that you match it up. And when you are referring to growth, it also refers to a growth in the data storage. Therefore since we are talking about cloud, you must also consider how much storage space you would require by the end of the estimated period. Break that up into equal proportions and get a yearly estimation.

Looking at the criticality of the data you may choose to get a DR setup to ensure availability of data even during adverse conditions.

How do you plan to handle the technical support for the infrastructural set-up?

If you are planning to manage your cloud in-house, then you don’t need to thing on this issue, but if it’s being taken care by a third-party then as far as possible try to choose a vendor that offers round the clock assistance. This is usually one of the very important factors that many consumers tend to take lightly.

Having a strong technical support team as a back-end with the capability of troubleshooting any issues related to the network of clustered infrastructure is always a boon to business continuity. Having the system running without a downtime also adds to huge cost savings in the long-run.

What Billing model would best suit your needs?

Many consumers tend to get attracted towards the choice of a pay-per-use model, though most of the times it does tend to some cost savings as they’re only asked to pay for the resources that they’ve actually consumed. But there’s also a catch to it, if in case your website is targeted by fraudsters and an attack is initiated, the bills are going to skyrocket as well.

Whereas with a fixed billing plan, though you’d be paying a fixed amount of money for a volume of fixed resources, you can be rest assured that you’d not be charged higher than that despite an attack.

So, you need to evaluate your website and server infrastructure yourself from a security perspective and then choose an appropriate billing model.

Do you have complete confidence in yourself about Managing the Cloud on your own?

The DIY model or the Do IT Yourself trend is fast catching up. But we’ve had experiences in the past wherein a couple of consumers rolled back from this model and chose to settle with the managed service. Some of the most commonly observed reasons for this were, lack of meeting expectations and inefficient management of the infrastructure. Therefore, it seems that this model is still in its nascent stage of deployment within the industry and until a better version isn’t discovered, continuing with the standard one can be a more sensible choice.

After moving over to a fully managed cloud, do I need to retain the in-house IT crew and increase the over-head cost?

It’s a commonly observed ideology across the industry where, after the IT system within an organization is moved over to the cloud, the need to have an in-house IT operations team should be diminished. But if you consider a scenario of any usual IT department in any of the organizations, there are a lot of different tasks that they need to fulfill on a day-to-day basis such as backups, version upgrades, perform a list of checks for glitches and performance issues within the system. Furthermore, you also have the developers and the analysts that also play a vital role within the system. So the decision may differ on a case-to-case basis.

Though it is true that once you move your infrastructure over to the cloud you can tone down most of the operations, provided only if the vendor offers you a fully managed services. If they don’t then you have no choice but to retain your IT crew to keep the operations intact.

We’ll keep adding more questions to this list, so keep visiting regularly to check about what’s new.

During this while if you need any help with the decision to move your business to cloud, please send in your concerns to [email protected] or speak with us via. live chat.