webmasterAugust 25, 2016August 25, 2016Getting your head wrapped around how and when to the use the cloud most effectively may seem overwhelming at times. It turns out, according to experts at IBM and SAP, there really should be a customized approach to your strategy; in other words, “one size does NOT fit all”. Here are a few heavy-hitting questions to consider when gaining consensus among your team about a tailored cloud strategy. Key Considerations About the Cloud Is your organization collaborative? Do you have employees who need to collaborate on projects in different locations or do many of your employees work virtually? If the answers are yes, the cloud is in your future for three reasons: It is easy to keep track of changes, comments and questions on a work product when the team is large; no more wondering and waiting for revisions to be emailed out All cloud changes are saved automatically every few seconds and Anyone can access the information from any device as long as they have Wi-Fi connectivity. How often do you develop new products and services? The ability to co-innovate, where multiple people can weigh-in on a product design or process, is another benefit of the cloud. If you are an innovative company and change is part of your culture, the cloud can help you manage this process on a real-time basis. However, if your business is mature and management does not forecast changes in their process, uses of the cloud in this area may not be necessary. What platform(s) should you choose and why? In the cloud world, there are three choices: Public, Hybrid, and Private. Here are the definitions of each: Public cloud is when a service provider makes applications and storage available to the general public over the Internet. Hybrid cloud is a mix of private cloud and public cloud services with orchestration between the two platforms by your IT department. Private cloud is built on a proprietary architecture and dedicated to a single organization. It is important to identify whether one or multiple platforms will work for your company. And if it is multiple platforms, there must be someone to manage where all of your data is located. As a general rule, the public cloud platforms are low or no cost options but have limited security features while private clouds are higher cost and usually provide better security because your data is located on a dedicated server. What about scalability, availability, and security? Whatever your choice, it is important the cloud solution has the three components listed above. You want a solution that can grow as your needs do, is available when you need it and has the proper security measures to avoid cyber-attacks and leaking of confidential information. Hartford Technology Rental Can Help with Your Cloud Strategy We offer your organization a pay-as-you-go cloud rental solution, thus allowing the freedom to use the cloud for a short-term project or test it out; either way allowing for maximum business agility. Give us a call at 888-520-5667 or contact us online to see how we can help you leverage the value of cloud computing and get your head out of the stratosphere for good.