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August 10, 2016

How to Make Strategic Decisions About the Cloud

When discussing a move to a hybrid IT solution and leveraging the cloud, cost reduction is a frequently mentioned benefit. However, if budget is all you’re considering before making the switch, you may be in for an unpleasant surprise.

The cloud has many great uses, but like any IT decision you must think strategically about how you’re going to use this new technology for your company. What applications will you move? How will the transition affect your workloads? How will the cloud align with your on-premises infrastructure? It takes research and planning to decide not only how to use the cloud but what cloud service provider to choose. In this blog, we’ll discuss some of the ways you can strategize your cloud solution.

First, when choosing a hybrid IT environment, you still need visibility to assess and monitor your infrastructure. Keeping a pulse on network performance, alerts and updates becomes more difficult when you have components of your IT spanned across different environments or vendors. One solution is to choose an all-in-one services provider. All-in-one providers give you a single point of contact when you need insight about how your IT is performing, and some even offer a web-based portal where you can easily scale resources up or down as needed.

The next important consideration is how you will manage tasks like security, compliance and network performance. Who will be held responsible should things go wrong? Not all cloud service providers are the same, and unfortunately sometimes responsibilities slip through the cracks. Choosing a provider with competitive Service Level Agreements and reputable solutions can give you peace of mind when entrusting your most valuable asset – data – to a third-party provider.

Finally, understand that not everything belongs in the cloud. You may be eager to shift applications to the cloud and consider workloads later. However, it’s important to identify how mission critical your applications are before making the shift. On-premises IT infrastructure may remain a more viable option for some of your applications. In brief, don’t fix what isn’t broken.

Remember, your service is only as good as your provider. QTS is a leading provider of cloud-services, offering secure cloud computing and managed hosting solutions customized to fit your business needs. Visit our website for more information.
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