The Cloud is trending and has been trending for years now. Data is being stored in the cloud, servers are moving to the cloud and applications are being hosted in the cloud. If you are considering a transition of your enterprise software like, SharePoint, Dynamics and Project Management into the cloud, here are 5 things you should know:
- The Federal Government recently enacted a Cloud-First Initiative in order to save over $80 billion in government IT spending. If that isn’t reference enough to the immense savings enjoyed by cloud users.
- Moving your data to the cloud can be intimidating and even scary. Choosing the right Cloud Service Provider (CSP) is critical in this aspect. You want to make sure that migration is smooth and that you have access to your back ups. CSPs like Project Hosts will work with you throughout the entire process, putting your mind at ease.
- Putting your data in a Public Cloud may be cost effective, but often lacks the security parameters put forth by Private Cloud providers. Take the government for instance. Their CSPs have to be FedRAMP compliant, proving that all of the 320+ security controls are in place on the SaaS level. They aren’t simply throwing data into a cloud for cloud’s sake. Research the differences between a Private Cloud and a Public Cloud.
- 3rd party add-ons require trusted application support and integration. Technology specialist such as the ones you will find at accredited CSPs will assure that your 3rd party apps work flawlessly in your environment.
- Most cloud customers, at least in private clouds, enjoy the fact that cloud service providers act as a knowledgeable extension to their internal IT team. A good CSP works for you to assure uptime and immediate attention to any and all technical issues.
One of the most important things to keep in mind when you are considering a CSP, is whether or not you can speak to the provider. Taking the time to get to know the company that will manage your environment is essential to your piece of mind. As is the customer service you will receive once you are under contract. Project Host provides Person-2-Person support, assuring that you are in contact with their support staff in one of their Pennsylvania or California locations.