26 September 2017
Our previous blog – Planning your path to cloud computing success – examined the critical role that planning plays in making your journey to the cloud as easy as possible.
Here, we look at the considerations you need to address to ensure your actual transition is a low risk, low hassle process.
The first consideration is security and compliance. While, in many ways, public cloud platforms provide stronger security and easier regulatory compliance than on-premise infrastructure, you still need to be sure that you’ve got effective safety measures set up.
One of the advantages of transitioning to a leading cloud platform is the fact that most of them are already designed to be compliant with regulatory standards. But you should double-check this is the case with your chosen platform.
You should also review any contractual requirements relating to your existing customers. These may impose obligations on you, particularly regarding how you manage your customers’ data.
And make sure that your cloud platform provider is up to scratch with best practice security. Check that they have relevant industry accreditations (such as ISO27001), effective controls to ensure your data can’t be accessed by other platform users, and data centres with the highest levels of physical security.
Your choice of supplier is paramount. Obviously price will be a consideration, but it shouldn’t be the only one.
Bear in mind that, if you’re a smaller business, you don’t want a provider whose primary focus is large enterprises. And ensure that your provider offers robust SLAs, covering availability and response times in the event of a problem.
Look for a well-established provider with a proven track record of delivery over a sustained period of time. And check what processes are in place for ordering and provisioning, plus what systems are in place to support ongoing management and monitoring of your service?
Make sure that your configuration options allow you to consume just what you need – no more and no less. You need to be able to easily scale up and down, without any cost penalty.
Also, ask yourself whether you want a supplier who only offers cloud computing services, or would it be easier to work with someone who provides a broader level of support? For example, would you prefer working with someone who can provide end-to-end support through the process?
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26 September 2017 | Stephen Ashley-Brian
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