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You probably might have heard too much about cloud computing, and you’ve just made up your mind to adopt it. While operating in the cloud has the reputation of being packed with plusses, it might not be the easiest pill to swallow. Doing extensive research will arm you with a lot of knowledge about it, but you might get down to work and realize it is not enough. Here are dos and don’ts of cloud computing.

Do strategize before you dive in

The only way you can tell whether the cloud will be a solid solution to your needs is by assessing its essence beforehand. List down all the pain points you would like to solve by migrating to the cloud and analyze the possibilities of their satisfaction once you employ the cloud. This will enable you to avoid blind expectations.

Don’t do it alone

While integrating the cloud, you will need the services of seasoned IT experts to ensure you have everything is in the correct place and shape. Don’t make the common assumption by beginners that since they will not require any hardware installation or know how to click their way through an app, that they can do everything by themselves.

Do utilise trusted, reliable cloud service providers

You may ask how you can determine who to contract and who to avoid like a plague. The answer is consultation. Ask those who already did it before you about the best service providers out there. Get as many recommendations as you can, then pick your choice. Simple questions like, “is it easy to get support?” or “Did the solution solve all your pain points?” ensure you always evaluate the service provider’s compliance against global industry standards. Review the Microsoft Trust Centre for examples of how their cloud solutions comply to standards globally, ensuring your data is secure, safe and never shared.

Do get yourself and your employees trained

Cloud computing is meant to make things easier, but it might just get things more complicated along the way. It might take unexpectedly long for users to get used to it if left to learn by themselves. Everyone needs some acquaintance lessons, to equip them with skills for current handling as well as enable them to cope with future developments in the field.

Don’t be too selective

Don’t be afraid to use public and private clouds simultaneously. Just make sure you fully understand the security/data hazards associated with public clouds. Hence you will discern what to operate from there and what to use in the private clouds. Experience both for a start. You should never have to worry at all about the scalability of public clouds. They have a lot more potential usability than you could imagine. Generally the larger you scale the more expensive public clouds get but the more you can do without inheriting risk (such as having to maintain larger clusters of hardware).

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Do review the costs before migrating

You should consider how much you spend on your current working plan. Before deciding to jump into the cloud, you need to know the exact cut-down on your current expenses. Do a detailed comparison of how much goes to your data consumption, hardware acquisition, maintenance and power consumption and employing IT staff – versus the costs accompanying the shift to the cloud. It is also worth mentioning here the risk mitigation that comes naturally to cloud services. At times it may seem more expensive on paper, but in the scenario of a disaster you may actually find private clouds break the budget x10 fold.

With a figure in mind, consider the efficiency advancement and risk extenuation associated with the shift and make an informed decision of whether or not to adopt the cloud yet. You don’t want to start a journey to insolvency in the name of cloud computing.

Don’t forget to service your workplace regularly

Simply because you are shifting to a hardware-free operating base does not mean you will as well do away with all expenses on maintenance. The cloud needs support too, and you should budget for it. A regular check-up and maintenance is key to a smooth experience.

Do employ chief IT officers

In a business with a lot of connection points and usage requirements, you need the services of a Chief Technical Officer (CTO), a Chief Information Officer (CIO) or both. They are experienced IT experts that work directly with management to ensure to the best decisions are being made for your firm’s IT strategy. The engineers / technical team are the “doer’s” and the chief roles become “accountable.”

Don’t assume everything should move to the cloud

The excitement of having a new operational database does not call for the transfer of all your files and programs to online computing / storage. A few programs and files may still need to be retained for efficiency, or perhaps for security reasons. Your chief technology expert will guide you on what to migrate and what to leave local.

Transferring to the cloud might be the trend every company and business wants to have, but it is not the easiest thing to integrate. With its benefits, it may still pose a challenge if taken upon haphazardly.