3 tips to get started with the cloud

Cloud TipsIf you haven’t moved at least some IT operations to the cloud by now, you’ve likely at least thought about it… and thought about it… and thought about it. At some point, the old “analysis paralysis” trope kicks in, and you’re stuck, constantly looking at options, but never being able to pull the trigger.

We’re here to help. As with any situation that has a seemingly endless list of possibilities and outcomes, often the best way to deal with it is to narrow it down to a few basic factors. Here are three things we think are important, and a bonus, just in case you want to do a little more research.

Must-have features and performance

Some features we consider to be absolutely essential are: high scalability, SAN backing, security, and support wherever and whenever you need it. If you can add in private fiber for increased performance and security, all the better.

We partnered with HPE and built our cloud offerings on HPE’s Helion OpenStack, so we didn’t have to worry about delivering on our guarantees. But, whatever vendor you choose, make sure the technology they’re using is airtight, tested and reliable – whether it’s us or someone else.

Security, security, security

Yes, security is something you have to include in your performance questions. So many organizations are rightfully wary of security, however, that we think it deserves its own section.

You need a vendor that uses the latest protocols, including encrypted storage, segregated networks and secure multitenancy to ensure your critical data is absolutely secure. We all know that isn’t enough, though, right? At KeyInfo, we add distributed denial of service (DDoS) mitigation and application-layer intrusion prevention to the equation, to protect against some of the more common – and scary – threats out there. And don’t forget, our private fiber network doesn’t just increase performance and scalability, it has immense security value, as well.

Find a true partner

In Leaning In by Sheryl Sandberg, finding a true partner to help support your goals is a key to success. Surprisingly, this message extends to cloud computing. The whole point of moving to the cloud is to be able to focus on your core business (and save money). So, what’s the point if you still have to maintain your infrastructure in some way?

So, find your organization’s true partner. A cloud provider that provides managed compute, storage and networking, without constant input from you is a great option. With the right provider, scaling should happen dynamically – never, ever accept delays in scaling up your usage – and then, you have peace of mind when it comes to security.

Bonus: Take advantage of tools and research

To cease the analysis paralysis, you may need something a little more formal than three tips from a blog post. So, when you’re ready to take the next step, take advantage of our Cloud Assessment tools to help analyze critical information about your processes and model scenarios specifically for your potential move to the cloud. After you complete the assessment, you’ll know the best options for your company, based on your user stats, and your requirements.

The cloud-assessment page also links to research done by the 451 Group showing just why and how the cloud can work for you. To make sure we don’t add to your paralysis, we’ll stop there. But, if you would like more information or have any lingering questions, give us a call.

 

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Drew Woods
Key Information Systems