According to statistics, as much as 85 percent of small businesses in the US are expected to use cloud computing in the next five years. This is a clear indication using the services offered by cloud computing benefits businesses greatly in terms of efficiency, scalability, cost-effectiveness, and more, helping their business grow and evolve and achieve their goals.
If you plan to move your business to the cloud too, here are several factors you need to consider before you make the decision.
Are you going to use a dedicated server or host with a third-party provider? Both have their set of advantages. If you go with a dedicated email server, the support team of the cloud providers is responsible for maintenance and support. On the other hand, working with a dedicated provider to host your emails can help increase efficiency two-fold.
• Internet bandwidth
Ensure that you have a strong and reliable internet connection with great bandwidth. There will be an increase in business activity, and you need a connection that can handle this boost in business performance. Apart from getting enterprise-grade routers, it is recommended that you get a leased line.
With the right kind of security, you can have the best defenses protecting all your valuable data. Before you choose to do business with a cloud vendor, you must first ensure that they have strong security measures in place. A good vendor should have industry-standard backup capabilities.
Before moving to the cloud, evaluate the cloud model, and see how much it will cost you to change from that model in the future. Since licensing and terms and conditions may differ from each vendor as well as a cloud service provider, always check if the vendor you want to choose allows its users to run additional copies within the same license.
• Service Level Agreements
Service Level Agreements (SLA) should be evaluated carefully and thoroughly before you choose a cloud vendor. These agreements tell you what exactly the responsibilities and duties of the vendor are. You will most likely have to contact your service provider regularly for support, which is why it is so important that you are satisfied with the service level agreement that they provide. This will help manage procedures, expectations, reliability, and responsiveness.