With cloud services providing businesses with many tangible benefits, not to mention a means to scale their operations without making drastic changes to their infrastructure, it is no surprise that cloud is the way of the future. Many businesses are choosing to host their software and systems in the cloud – but before doing so, there are key factors to consider before making the switch.
What type of cloud deployment model do I need?
The three main types of cloud deployment are Private, Public and Hybrid, but which one would suit your business needs best?
Public Cloud gives businesses access to services but through a public cloud infrastructure that is shared among other customers, making it a more affordable option. Public Cloud facilities are highly scalable and offer a pay-per-use service that can be paid monthly which makes it the preferred choice for SMEs.
Benefits: Scalable, cost effective, managed by service provider
Cons: Less customisable, sudden changes to servers can have negative impact, less secure server due to shared infrastructure
Private Cloud facilities refer to infrastructure that is owned and used by a single business that can be hosted in-house or externally hosted off-site. Private Cloud is the most expensive option but offers higher levels of security and customisation which makes it best suited for larger organisations.
Benefits: High security, highly scalable, lower risk of server change impact
Cons: Requires IT personnel or external support to manage cloud environment
Hybrid cloud offers a combination of both public and private cloud environments which provides a tailored solution where both platforms interact seamlessly. Hybrid still offers high security and flexibility across your business but also means that it is a more cost effective approach for businesses. This option can be suited to small, medium or even large scale businesses.
Benefits: High security, flexible, cost effective
Cons: Communication between public and private can at times be conflicted
Still not sure which type of cloud environment would suit you best?
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Security is a main concern for businesses looking to switch from on-premise to the cloud as the level of security will depend on the type of deployment your company uses.However, whilst some cloud environments are more secure than others, security is still ensured across each platform.
You will also need to consider a security management service (the party responsible for the security of your system). This could be kept in-house or externally provided by the cloud service provider or an alternative third-party. If you opt for the cloud service provider than you’ll need to assess the level of security offered and the services offered. For example, backup and recovery,, hosted email security, monitoring, app security and so on.
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Support & Maintenance
Additional support and maintenance will be needed to ensure your system is functional and secure. Therefore, if you do not already have an internal IT team in place, you may want to consider continuing the support offered by your cloud service provider after migration is complete.
Considering your SLA agreement with your cloud service provider is important when committing to any contract, so be sure to read the terms and conditions in regards to downtime and security breaches. You may also wish to consider the length of your contract – depending on your business needs you may benefit from a shorter contract length to ensure you’re not locked into one provider for too long.
Before moving to the cloud, we also suggest considering the following factors and discussing them with your cloud service provider.
Where is my business data and systems held?
Whether you’re hosting your data and systems in the cloud or on-premise, your data remains your data and not that of the cloud provider. It’s important to consider what happens to your data if your cloud provider fails to comply with the agreed terms of the contract or stops communicating with you. A good cloud provider will show you where your data is held.
Who am I dealing with?
Cloud providers don’t always have their own infrastructure in place but resell other companies’ infrastructure through partner schemes. This doesn’t mean you should avoid choosing them as your provider, but it’s important to know who you’re actually dealing with and where your data will be held.
Whether you’re dealing with a reseller or a cloud provider directly, it’s always useful to know who is responsible for your project and the infrastructure your data is held on.
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Syscom offer a range of cloud environments and deployment options for all sized businesses looking to take advantage of cloud services and infrastructure. If you would like to get in touch, fill in a contact form below or give us a call on 01384 400 600.