Are you a new business entrepreneur who has opened an online home services company in Hyderabad? You have a small qualified team of handyman professionals providing services all over Hyderabad. But, you want to migrate to the cloud to get the best benefits. However, remember, every field has “black sheep” companies. This article will give information on some statements that should make you stay alert during the conversation before opting for a cloud service provider.
- Service Level Agreements – All the Service Level Agreements (SLAs) in Cloud are the same
Far from true. You must heard the same digits again and again regarding the availability – more than 99 percent. But how will you check the reality? This is the main difference in cloud SLAs. It is also similar to the advertisement when you go to a branded cloth store saying 50 percent discount but on top, it has an asterix. When you purchase the clothes for 2000, the bill counter cash clerk says that the offer is available only when you purchase above Rs 10, 000. The same example can be related to SLAs in the cloud. You get a executive who promises the moon, when you look at the clauses, it has many asterisks. Meaning, you should buy some packages, which are expensive.
So, explore across service providers, and you can get the same SLAs with no strings attached. And you do not have to worry about the reality of availability. Giving the SLA as per the requirement and paid fees is their duty/responsibility. Till today, there have been no examples of cheating in agreements. But, not all the cloud SLAs are same. If any executive who came to your home conveys the same, look out for those malicious asterisks atop some words in the business agreement.
- Movement To The Cloud
To get the deal, you can hear sentences such as many companies are transiting from their old place (data center) for the cloud platform. When you magnify the reports, it is far from reality. But they are small companies, with many of them being new entrepreneurs. But medium and big companies have moved only a part of their data center to the cloud. This was mainly to make the processes fast and responsive.
The reasons are many. A big company may have more assets such as legacy systems and main frames to name a few. They may harbor doubts that some applications may not function properly in cloud environment.
- You Save Money
You can save money in the cloud? Really, that too, when the cloud technology is in the initial stage? That is a wrong notion for any innovation. During the transition, a company or individual may incur costs. True, the cloud offers them agility, flexibility and responsiveness. But will there be returns on investment? To what level? Compared with the present costs and popularity of the brand, it is left to the finance department to draw the line.
- The company Will Take Care Of All Your Requirements
Any executive will say the line, but do you personally know the need? Be careful, as every requirement may mean many factors. You should have a clear idea of the requirement in a format, and ask the executive relevant questions. If the answers match, pronto! Or else you give the thumbs down. If you blindly accept the explanation, down the line, you may face bad experiences.
- The Cloud Computing Technology Fits To Every Application
A difficult lie to believe, even for a novice. But sweet words and usage of jargons can build beliefs. Do not fall into the trap. How can every cloud be the same? Each cloud has to be designed specifically to assist particular applications, interactions, systems and processes. Every cloud will also have different security checks. And the most important – not all clouds are public, and only a few are private.
Before opting for a cloud platform, draw the needs clearly. Such as –
- What do you require in areas of security, resiliency and speed?
- What are the “assets” you will put in the cloud? Is it applications or data (confidential information)?
Having a clear idea will prevent confusions and save a large amount of money.
- You Will Get 100 Percent Security And We Follow The Best Compliance Procedures
There is no online security in the globe due to hackers and geeks. You may get the best cloud with security, but can you rely on your personnel? The second factor, do you stay alert all the time? Chances are you access the data in the cloud via the mobile for quick response. But, if the mobile gets stolen, then who will safeguard the information? Please note, security options are always shared between you, the security provider and the client.
- In A Cloud Environment, There Is No Need For A Recovery Plan
A cloud is not a fool-proof platform designed to be the ultimate security. In reality, the data is stored in a physical server in any part of the globe. In an unfortunate situation, if the server gets destroyed, there you are free to go, without your approval, tumbling to the ground and rolling in circles all over.
A recovery plan and backup is always required, even if you use the cloud. You want the best example. Get to ride on the next sentence. You can buy the best BMW with accident safety features, but will you not buy the insurance?
The Transformation From One Cloud Platform To Another Is Easy
Sorry. This is a top fake lie. In fact, the topping on the plump cake. This is not a shifting of hosting service providers. You have confidential information of your clients and your bank accounts. So, when the transition happens, you have to plan carefully. In fact, you may spend the same amount of time and money spent to load the cloud with your darta, apps as well systems in the first place. In fact, transition of data is never easy.
Let us imagine, you opened a online company providing handyman professionals such as plumbers, electrician services; CCTV and AC Installation in Hyderabad. You have a small team who stays in the office, but a majority of the team are professionals who offer doorstep services. So you opted for one cloud platform to give quick responses to the customers. Every aspect went fine, but a new cloud service came up with new additional features. You want to shift every data in your cloud to the another one. The duration may take a week.
All said and done. Did you receive valuable information from the article? When online banking was the trend, a lot of articles were written, posted and admired. But very few articles were written about phishing and security. Now the cloud computing phenomenon has started. Though you hear various advantages of the cloud, it is a fact that you have to know the rules to get the best benefit. And we are sure that this article has given valuable pointers.