Integrate the Cloud into Your Business – The Next Web

Don’t miss this great post from San Francisco based blogger Ritika Puri, published last month on

The benefits of the cloud are clear: these technologies help companies scale efficiently, reduce costs, reinforce security and provide faster services to customers. With many new players entering the cloud market, businesses have a range of options to build their ideal configurations. You can implement the cloud in full or in part. You can even stage your transition to the cloud over a number of years. You’re in control.

Even still, the decision-making process can be challenging. How do you manage initial costs? How do you ensure the same security levels as your on-premise systems. How do you know whether you’re choosing the right provider? Your due diligence process should start with the following questions.

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Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Cloud Platform

This week we looked at some questions for a business to consider when choosing a cloud platform solution. Here are some of the questions we got back after presenting our staff (engineers and sales people alike) with this week’s blog topic. Keep in mind that while each business has different needs, there are certain divide crossing questions that must be asked when choosing a cloud platform.

Do they have the personal touch I need for my business?

A main fear of many companies when moving to a cloud platform is the reliability of that platform to meet their specific needs. A business wants to feel comfortable with those it works with, rather than being treated with a “same size fits all solution”. Remember – it’s important to feel a sense of trust that your cloud solution is based on the specific goals, opportunities, and challenges of your organization.

Does the solution require a full public cloud implementation, or a hybrid cloud approach? 

  • Private clouds are when a business owns and operates its own servers and applications.
  • Public clouds are hosted by a third party (such as Centrinet) and drastically cut down on the initial investment and operating expenses of private clouds.
  • Hybrid clouds are simply a combination of private and public clouds.

A business with a hybrid cloud might use their private infrastructure for sensitive or proprietary data and applications, while using a public cloud for commodity services like email or desktop virtualization. It is important to understand each type (along with your specific needs) when choosing a cloud platform solution for your business.

Are there any industry specific regulatory requirements for security that should be considered? 

Businesses today are relying heavily on cloud-hosting platforms to protect sensitive information. Many businesses have industry specific security and compliance requirements that must be met. Financial institutions and businesses that process credit card data are good examples of this. It is very important to ensure that the cloud-hosting solution meets these requirements, and that there are guarantees in place that your data will not be compromised.

You should ask what measures are in place to protect against threats like data breaches, data loss, or the hijacking of service and account traffic. Your cloud-hosting platform should be knowledgeable on these topics and work with you to present a tailored and secure solution for your business.

What are the solution’s historical downtime statistics, and will that solution meet your organization’s Service Level Agreements (SLAs)?

There won’t be any debate on the fact that downtime costs money. Although the exact amount might not be known, we can be sure that it is substantial. Many businesses utilize a cloud platform to reduce the instance of downtime and save money. But what happens if that solution does not have a reliable track record? You have to become familiar with your cloud solution options by looking at the historical downtime statistics. This will help ensure the most reliable and cost-effective platform solution for your organization.

Remember, by choosing a reliable cloud-hosting platform you are able to deliver on your organization’s SLAs. The ripple effect of downtime can be disastrous for your business, so make sure you’re informed by doing your research.