Is your company a good fit for the cloud?
Category : Cloud Chicago
When deciding if you are a good fit for the cloud, there are tell-tale signs that serve as reliable indicators.
This post is a great starting point if you’re looking to qualify whether your company is a right fit for cloud applications:
Of course, as a cloud computing provider, we geek out and get pretty excited about the cloud and the opportunities it presents to businesses. However, customers won’t necessarily have the same reaction. And some aren’t even great targets in the first place, either because they’re closed off to the concept of moving to the cloud, or they’re functioning fine as is. Rather than focusing on these organizations, it’s important to focus efforts on businesses that are open to change and have needs that the cloud can address. These early technology adopters and innovators will be excited to learn more about the solutions. Other good targets won’t even know how much the cloud can help their organization, and that’s where you come in. Below are some key things we look for:
For Cloud Computing
While we strongly believe that many businesses are ready to move to the cloud because it addresses various aspects of IT, there are some specific signs that an organization is a particularly good fit for the cloud in general.
We ask companies the following questions right off the bat:
- Do you want to upgrade software?
Do you ]want to refresh your hardware?
Are you in need of a data backup plan?
Do you want to cut down on CapEx?
- Do want to implement BYOD (bring your own device)?
Once we’ve discovered some of you needs, we find out more about your organization.
- What’s in its service catalog, and what are the top applications it runs the business on?
- What are its goals and requirements for the future?
- Who currently supports IT, and what is the leadership team like?
- How does the business budget work? Is the organization in a stage of growth?
- Do its users need data access 24×7?
All of these questions are important because they help us determine exactly how the cloud can fit your organization.
Maybe you think you need one solution, but based on the information we’ve gathered, we know something else is a better fit.
For Infrastructure as a Service
Once we move into the specific cloud services, the signs we look for will change a bit. For Infrastructure as a Service, we look for companies that are eager to always use the latest enterprise-grade technology but can’t necessarily afford to achieve this themselves.
We look for companies that:
- Are running applications on physical or virtual servers
- Are rapidly growing or scaling
- Want to take advantage of enterprise-level hardware and security
- Have limited capital
- Have compliance needs
- Have disaster recovery needs
Once we determine that you are a company that qualifies with some of the above criteria, we figure out what kind of infrastructure you have in place today, including how many servers and their specifications (CPU, RAM, Storage). Additionally, we determine which operating system and critical applications the business is running. We are sure to determine if your business currently has a plan in place if a server goes down, and if any equipment is due for an upgrade.
For Desktop as a Service
For Desktop as a Service, we look for companies that are interested in the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend and have traveling or remote employees that have to be accommodated.
W e look for companies that:
- Deal with refreshing desktops, laptops, or tablets
- Want to move to a BYOD model
- Have remote employees
- Have employees who travel
- Need the ability to add or remove users quickly
- Have limited IT resources
Businesses that haven’t yet moved to the cloud may spend a lot of time maintaining devices like desktops, laptops, tablets, etc. We try to find out how much time is going to this task currently so we know if a Cloud Desktop or Cloud Office can help save time. Similar to IaaS, we find out what applications your organization is running, because these could potentially move to the cloud. We are sure to get details on the licensing they own and how they manage it. Other questions might include how many users the organization has, how users are sharing files, and who currently manages IT?
For Disaster Recovery as a Service
For Disaster Recovery we look for companies that are extremely reliant on the availability of their data at all times.
We look for companies that:
- Still run physical servers on-site
- Live in areas affected by natural disasters
- Have a very low RTO and RPO
- Are heavily reliant on their data
- Can’t afford to be down without their data
- Need to have quick access to their data in the event of a disaster
We try to find out what kind of disaster recovery plan your business already has in place – do you back up your data, and if so, how long would it take to retrieve backed up data? Do you know what you’d do if all systems were down? We are sure to request your business’ Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and Recovery Point Objective (RPO), and find out which business-critical applications are running in-house.