Large enterprises often enjoy advantages of hardware and networking infrastructure for developing, testing and hosting applications internally. Small businesses, on the contrary, are marked by limited availability of fund. As a result, when cloud computing was introduced it was thought to be a panacea for all IT problems of small businesses. It helped eliminating hardware and infrastructural requirements for small businesses and promoted an environment of innovations, development and testing. However, with time cloud services have grown complicated with a large number of vendors offering cloud solutions for small business. As a result, small businesses are now left to dabble their ways through a complex crowd of service level agreements and service models. This can interfere with cloud adoption rate among small businesses. This article is therefore aimed to work as a guidebook for small enterprises to choose the right cloud model for their organization.
What are your targets for cloud adoption?
- Businesses must have clear objectives in adopting cloud computing solutions.
- Cost reduction for IT infrastructure and services
- Leveraging economics of scale by adopting per user model
- Improving adaptability of new technologies
- Faster provisioning and deployment
- Resilient service model
Businesses mainly incline towards cloud adoption to lower expenses on maintaining hardware and software infrastructure to host and run IT services. With cloud based models the responsibilities are often shouldered by the service provider. However, a small business needs to adopt a cloud solution that is resilient and responsive to its IT requirements.
Clearly stating your objectives to your service provider can help getting a solution befitting to your business. This will also help with stating clear terms for your service level agreement. Your choice of a cloud model must be driven by your solution requirements from it. Unless you are considering hosting existing applications you can’t be bothered less by its infrastructural configuration.
Comparing the SLA of different vendors will help you gain an insight on the bargain. Each vendor will describe virtual CPU or vCPU differently and therefore, asking specific questions pertaining to your service requirement will promote better decision making.
Backup services are another important aspect to consider. Backup frequency varies between service providers and hence, you would need to find a service level agreement that matches with your data backup requirements. Ask questions, such as:
- What are the options available for backup frequencies?
- Whether it is selective backup or complete backup?
- How fast can the data be restored at the time of need?