Found a wonderful little advice piece for small businesses weighing whether to migrate to cloud computing. I liked it so much because the advice is really simple and down to earth. There is no complicated and confusing IT jargon – which I bet you a dime to a dozen most small companies are unfamiliar with, anyway (Anybody know of a survey out there that confirms this?).
And what I liked about the advice was that it included the very important step of establishing an SLA with the services provider – because we are definitely not at the point yet where you can just trust that you’ll have continuous access to your data and apps.
Here are some of the advice tips – with some editing thrown in by me:
The article goes on to urge small and mid-size businesses to get service guarantees from their cloud providers when they start moving more of their businesses onto the cloud. “It’s important to assess what proportion of business could be conducted using cloud-based IT services before assigning availability and up-time of both the internet connection and bandwidth, as well as the security of software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications used,” advised the article.
Lastly, what I think is most valuable is to ask yourself how your business would operate if you weren’t able to access these cloud services. What then? If it’s just too risky, perhaps a hybrid solution might be best – where some of your data is stored online and some on internal servers.
Monitoring whether cloud computing providers are living up to established SLAs is another option that should be considered.
If you’re sold on cloud computing, or you’re entering into it slowly, there are ways to protect yourself – and establishing SLAs and then monitoring them are two good strategies.