Some factors to consider when deciding if cloud hosting services are a good fit for your business
1) Determine which IT activities take up most time and money
An internal audit is the first step in transitioning to cloud services. You need to understand where your IT budget is going, but more importantly, where your IT staff feels overwhelmed. Cloud-based resources are not necessarily a replacement for an internal IT team; some tasks and functions can be done more effectively by people on-site. But in many cases, tasks like server maintenance, security patching, and backup/recovery can be made part of a cloud services package and free up your IT staff to help with other tasks on-site.
2) Talk to a cloud services provider to see if your needs can be met by cloud-based services.
It may seem like this step comes too early, but we find that many customers – and potential customers – don’t really know about recent advances in cloud hosting capabilities. For instance: security, data privacy, plan flexibility and price have all changed significantly in the past few years, and only a professional cloud hosting resource like Atlantic.Net can give you the most current information.
3) Determine the potential time and cost savings of moving some or all of your computing resources to a cloud-based solution.
This cost-benefit analysis will be unique for your company, your desired slate of services, and the comparative costs of doing it all in-house. The numbers are necessary but not sufficient for the decision, as you can see in step 4.
4) Assess the risks and necessary changes to current procedures.
This last point is an intangible one; you need to decide how open your company culture is to cloud services and to decide the costs, if any, of changing the way you do business. Any big change in business services and business culture will involve an adjustment period. Only you can decide if cloud services are the right fit for your company, but a detailed look at the financial consequences of a change, together with a discussion with current cloud provision experts, can make sure you’re deciding based on the best information available.
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