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Cloud Strategy for 2016In recent years, cloud computing has become an increasingly important part of day-to-day life. Companies are more commonly using cloud computing services for business-critical operations now.

Cloud computing offers numerous benefits for scalability, storage and backups of critical data, and cost. However, as useful as cloud computing is for business, getting the most business benefit from using the cloud requires you to have an effective cloud strategy.

Why?

As pointed out in a Forbes article about cloud computing, “Cloud does not have a single value proposition for all types of services or enterprises, and there are risks to those who ignore its many variations.”

In other words, the great thing about cloud computing (its versatility of services) can also be a problem if a company doesn’t have an effective plan for integrating the cloud with their business model.

With this in mind, do you have a cloud strategy for 2016?

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If not, you may want to start making one now. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

Strategy Tip #1: Ask Yourself “What Specific Cloud Services Do I Need?”

As mentioned earlier, there are a lot of different services that are available through the cloud. Knowing what your goals are for adopting a cloud strategy before making the investment can be helpful.

For example, is your company trying to reduce IT costs, improve IT capabilities with new innovations, or do you want to solve problems you’re facing with your current IT environment?

You can accomplish each of these goals using a different element of the cloud:

  • The scalability of cloud computing and the reduced need for hardware and operational expenses associated on your end allows you to more easily control how much you spend on IT.
  • As the customer, you gain the benefits of continuous IT innovation without the distractions of investing in it and maintaining it.

Knowing what your business’ goals for using the cloud are can help you choose the right type of cloud service to achieve them.

Strategy Tip #2: Check for High Availability

Cloud platforms that have been purpose-built for disaster recovery are designed with redundancy from top to bottom to deliver high availability. You’ll find this is what distinguishes premium Cloud Services Providers from the rest of the market, and you can expect to pay slightly more for these platforms. But the pay-off is worth every penny, if you’re deploying mission-critical applications and production environments fundamental to your business success.

Strategy Tip #3: Consider Critical Backup Strategy and Disaster Recovery

Using a backup strategy that leverages strategically-located data centers will ensure that your company’s critical information is secure and available when you need it.

With the right CSP, you can design and implement a complete DR plan that meets all your specifications around RPO (recovery point objective) and RTO (recovery time objective) to keep your business running at 100% efficiency, no matter what. Disaster recovery planning is a critical challenge for IT executives today, and cloud IaaS is a powerful weapon in their business arsenal.

When weighing your company’s needs, balancing scalability, security, and accessibility of a cloud solution can help you make the best decision for meeting your company’s long-term goals.

Why Having a Strategy Matters for Your Business

Trying to implement the cloud for your business without having a strategy is kind of like trying to navigate a coast to coast trip without a map. You might eventually get where you’re going, but you’re going to use up a lot more time and resources to get there.

Let us help you get where you’re going.  Contact WHOA.com’s Solutions Engineering team for help with your cloud strategy.  It’s what we do.

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