When it comes to the cloud, your business is going to have to make some choices. There are several different types of options, all of which might suit your organization depending on its specific needs. To help you make the best decision possible, we have put together a short list of questions you should consider when making a commitment to a cloud solution for your business.
How Much Flexibility Do You Want?
As is usually the case with successful business ventures, your organization will likely continue to grow into the future. As such, you should make a cloud choice that allows you some flexibility and scalability with your services. After all, your organization isn’t going to remain the same for the entirety of its life, and you shouldn’t expect it to.
How Much Do You Value Control?
Depending on the type of cloud you implement, you might have more limited control over your data than you would prefer. The public cloud, for example, gives you space on a shared server with the more dynamic and complicated controls locked behind either a larger paywall or behind the host’s administrator. A private cloud hosted by your organization, however, gives you much more power and control over what you can and cannot do.
How Much Responsibility Do You Want?
The upkeep, management, and maintenance of your cloud solution will require a fair amount of work, and if you don’t have in-house talent to work through all of these, then you are better off going the public cloud option or working with an outsourced managed service provider. Ultimately, it boils down to a hands-on versus a hands-off approach. Who do you want to take care of your technology; your business or a third party?
Do You Have the Talent to Manage an In-House Cloud Solution?
Look, your technology is only useful if you have the people to manage and maintain it. Otherwise, what is supposed to be a benefit for your business can quickly turn into a detriment, especially if you realize that it’s a lot of work that you just can’t keep up with.
Above all else, realize that there is no shame in outsourcing cloud hosting to a third party like SRS Networks. It’s better to rely on trained professionals and technicians than it is to implement a solution in-house that you cannot maintain. Plus, if you go the outsourcing route, you won’t have to worry so much about managing your technology, freeing you and your staff up to focus on more lucrative endeavors.
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If you’re unsure what kind of cloud solution is right for you, our trusted IT professionals are happy to answer any and all questions you might have. To learn more about cloud services we can provide for your business, contact us today at (831) 758-3636.