Take Advantage of Cloud Computing on Your Terms
Published: January 03, 2017
There is no one-size-fits-all strategy to develop the ideal technology platform. Every business is unique and requires different infrastructure, applications, security and performance.
However, cloud computing levels the playing field, empowering businesses of all sizes and in any industry sector the chance to be competitive, expand services and improve the customer experience.
Cloud computing puts high-function applications within reach, at a predictable cost, with a lower upfront investment. A fully managed cloud services model also frees up internal IT staff by allowing them to focus on other tasks without the distraction of routine maintenance and troubleshooting on-premises systems.
Small and mid-sized businesses can use a hybrid cloud model to gain affordable access to innovative applications that were once only accessible for larger enterprises with bigger budgets.
It is important to look for a provider who specializes in creating customized solutions to align with your strategic goals, and will provide both advisory and technical services during and after deployment. Your cloud provider will work closely with your IT team to implement a holistic technology strategy. A reputable cloud services provider will have experience with a variety of multi-cloud hybrid solutions.
When choosing a cloud provider, be aware that you’ll find a great deal of fine print in the Service Level Agreements (SLAs). Provisions in certain contracts may not be realistic for your business needs. For example, the downtime meter may not start until systems have been down for 10 minutes. This delay could present a significant problem for your workforce or customers. Choosing the appropriate hybrid cloud platform and provider is as important as making sure the SLA aligns with business needs.
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