March 4, 2015
Over the past few years, the cloud computing landscape has captivated consumer audiences with its flexibility and lean consumption ideology. The technology marketplace has reached critical mass in complexity with a myriad of application deployment options and no regulation in cloud adoption techniques or future state planning. Even with an experienced consultant applying the relevant business context to the many available cloud solutions, the general customer anxiety around cloud security, operational models, data sovereignty, and application performance has not been entirely alleviated. As a direct result, a position of adverseness is often taken which poses as great a threat to businesses as moving to the cloud too quickly. This article takes a closer look at evaluating cloud for business.
Is there still a real need for cloud concern?
How to choose the right cloud provider:
Does the provider view a cloud engagement as a transformation or a transaction?
The questions a provider asks will give you an idea of the outcome you can expect. For example, be leery if your initial discussion centers on cloud compute resources. Initially, questions should be goal-oriented and not technical. The provider cannot appropriately plan your project without this information. Your goals are first and foremost in determining your strategy.
Does the provider think in terms of your customers’ expectations?
A real consultant is designing solutions on your core business values and customer fulfillment, not highlighting their own obligations. What is important to the cloud provider to deliver a service is not necessarily a measure of your success. This needs to be an open dialogue with critical thinking.
Is the provider channel partner, white labeler, or reseller?
A partner that is channel-driven will give you the ideal blend of a world class data center footprint with the high touch experience of a customer-focused consulting organization. Vetting out cloud providers is an extensive task. There are providers that offer this as part of their service.
Is the partner enterprise class?
A true enterprise class cloud provider for production workloads will offer a design model similar to what you have on premise. These are no oversubscribed, commodity-driven providers, but providers that can deliver performance SLA’s in addition to high availability.
Does the partner have a hybrid offering?
The reality is, no one in mid-market or enterprise is ready to relinquish all of their technology assets. A blend of collocated or dedicated hardware with dependable and elastic cloud resources on-demand is a match made in heaven.
Does the partner aim to make the technology irrelevant and service-driven?
Here at Mindsight we ask the right questions to help companies build a comprehensive cloud computing strategy. If you have any questions on this topic, or would like a Solutions Architect to perform an initial consultation, please contact us today!
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