Getting the most from Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing can be a real benefit to businesses, from file sharing to anywhere, anytime accessibility. However, there are a few key tips to bear in mind when chosing a Cloud service provider to ensure you get the best possible service for your money.

  • Do you trust the company you have chosen? Look into who else they provide the service to as this can give you an idea of how well they are valued. Do your research and find out if they have experienced data leaks in the past, and if so what have they done to improve security so it doesn’t happen again? However, bear in mind that a company that has previously had problems can recover and come back to perform better with updated services. Research is key and you have to be confident that you can trust your provider before you sign a contract with them, after all they are the ones looking after your business data.

 

  •  What do you need from the service? As well as looking at a service to meet your current business demands, you should look to see if it will be able to adapt to meet any changes to your demands in the future. Is it likely that your business will expand and you’ll need more space, and if so will the company be able to provide this? Don’t enter a contract with more storage than you need ‘just in case’, but instead make sure you will be able to expand your contract to accommodate your needs if this is required without incurring large charges for going over your limits.

 

  • What does the service offer? Look into what the service offers and if this is suitable for your company. It makes no sense to go for a service that only offers limited functions when there are other packages out there that can offer much more. If your business goes down you want to be able to access files and perform the tasks you need to keep the business going. There are a number of cloud computing systems out there for almost every business function, so take your time to research one that is right for you.

 

  • Make sure that you will be able to access your cloud files when you need to. If your business fails you want to be able to access your data when you want, so ensure you find a service who will only take down the system outside of your working hours to perform upgrades. Avoid going for the cheapest package if the uptime is low because you are paying for the service and may as well not have it there if you are unable to access it.