Which factors should I consider when choosing a Cloud provider?

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Most businesses have now realised the incredible power and flexibility offered by Cloud services, and many have already adopted “Cloud first” strategies for their IT and operations. The problem is that very few seem to fully understand what that means – or what they hope to achieve.

Unsurprisingly, third party assistance is vital to turning those buzzwords into a practical application of Cloud services that deliver operational and cost benefits. So what should you be looking for when choosing a third party managed Cloud provider?

1, Security

Whether stored on-site or in the Cloud, protecting corporate data is a priority. Aside from the damage to your corporate reputation, insufficient security could soon land you with a fine of up to 4% of your annual global turnover under the new Global Data Protection Regulations.
Your ideal Cloud partner will not only understand GDPR and the Data Protection Act, but also any other frameworks or legislation that govern your business operations. They will also be able to apply this knowledge to recommending, designing and deploying secure Cloud solutions, tailored to your specific needs.

2. Cost

The Cloud promises significant IT cost savings – but they can only be achieved when configured and deployed correctly. Simply replicating your existing infrastructure into a hosted platform will copy the same inefficiencies off-site, potentially magnifying the cost impact.

Your ideal Cloud partner will be able to help you analyse existing processes and systems, before recommending improvements and enhancements that will deliver genuine cost savings through increased efficiency and intelligence use of hosted resources. This approach will help you overcome the cost pressures associated with reaching capacity on leased equipment which cannot be upgraded cost-effectively.

3. Flexibility

Hosted systems are supposed to reduce the administrative overheads on your technical team – but the deployment and ongoing management can be incredibly resource intensive. Your Cloud partner should have the capacity and resources to help reduce pressure – both on you and your infrastructure – by offloading workload to the Cloud.

Ideally, they should work around your team, sharing knowledge and experience, but also freeing them to concentrate on line-of-business operations.

4. Capabilities

Just like any other technology, there are a wide range of Cloud services and platforms to choose from. And each has its own benefits and strengths.

To make the most of your Cloud investments, you need to be able to pick and choose those services that best meet the strategic goals and operational preferences of your business. However, many Cloud consultancies are tied to a small pool of preferred vendors, limiting their recommendations and your potential to scale and grow quickly.

Your business must choose a partner who is familiar with a range of public and private cloud services, and can identify and recommend those that best meet your needs. They will also have the skills and knowledge to link these disparate systems seamlessly, making the strengths and benefits of each available to you. They should also be able to take full management control if you decide to outsource Cloud operations completely.

An important choice

In many ways your choice of Cloud partner is more important than the actual technologies employed. Without the right partner in place, you will be unable to take advantage of the latest technologies, or to create an agile platform that adjusts as quickly as your business goals do.

To learn more about why Getronics is your ideal Cloud partner, please get in touch.