Bringing up Cloud as an Introduction
As a cloud technology adviser my goal is to help business owners see the advantage in a hosted cloud environment. This means showing the difference between onsite environments and those in the cloud. This doesn’t mean every environment is right for the cloud.
How to Investigating the Cloud
Start with a look at what equipment you have onsite. Consider what applications run on your current server environment. Could those be moved to the cloud and accessed from anywhere? File, Application, Email; all of these are areas that fit nicely in the cloud depending on your environment. Once you have an idea, ask a cloud provider for an introduction and make it clear that you’re looking for an educational or theoretical discussion. They should be happy to learn about your environment and pinpoint areas where they believe a cloud set up would help.
Challenging Concrete Paradigms
Moving to the cloud often challenges old ways of thinking about infrastructure management, but that’s okay; it also gives the chance for flexibility and efficiency. Moving to the cloud can seem like a daunting task. Don’t be afraid to ask challenging questions that give the cloud provider the opportunity to show proof that their solution works. Asking for referrals is a great way to see proof of value.
Vendor Requests are Multiple; Time is Not
You cannot answer 100 vendor requests to “investigate” their product or service but you can (and should) decipher which vendors are promoting a “forward thinking” solution. Since cloud technology is a popular term, does it make sense to investigate the terminology from a local standpoint? In other words, are there local companies that offer buzzword-like services – like IOT, Big Data, ect? If you’re a business in New England, does it make sense to look for a cloud solution within your area? These are important facts to consider. A cloud technology initiative will culminate into influence over mobility, security, big data and IOT. Once you’ve moved part of your environment to the cloud, you’ll get even more creative with the rest of it. A vendor must show you areas specific to your environment which are the most advantageous to move to the cloud. Sometimes this means that only 10% of your environment should move to the cloud.
If you need advice or guidance on this process, email me at BlueBerryTechBoy@hotmail.com