Are you thinking about setting up a cloud for deployment in your business? Have you planned it out yet? As with any new business venture, if you're planning to set up a cloud, be forewarned: The process could turn out to be time consuming, complicated, and expensive. "Strong consideration should be given to the long term vision for IT within the context of your business strategy. It is of paramount importance that the use of the cloud be aligned here to state the obvious. Specifically, it is wise to do some optimization per-cloud so you can get the best benefit of the cloud with emphasis on the reliance the cloud places on the network," says James Shira, Chief Information Security Officer of Zurich Financial Services.
Check out this list of questions that take deployment into account. Consider the following:
- What computer infrastructure do you own? What IT resources are in-house or easily available?
- What are your security and industry compliance requirements?
- How important is "owning" your software?
- Does your user count fluctuate?
- How critical is your need for backup availability and retention?
- Be sure you have expertise (on staff or outside) to guide you in order to get the most out of a new system, regardless of deployment methods.
Creating a cloud is no easy feat. But with a little careful planning, you can be easily on your way to making it work for your business.
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