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5 Ways to Get More Out of Your Cloud Deployment

Posted on 10.28.2015

Nearly every business is, in some way, using cloud services - even if the extent of use is limited to the use of a popular software-as-a-service application (the list of which is simply too long to include in any reasonable time-frame).

Many enterprises, however, have moved their entire operations into the cloud - from their digital infrastructure to the applications used by their end-users. There are benefits and drawbacks to using the cloud of course, but when a few considerations are made from the outset of a deployment, enterprises will be positioned to maximize their business operations and broader digital presence.

+ Understand Total Cost of Ownership
The cost of operating in the cloud versus doing so on-premise, can be attractive, but it is not always the case. Only when the total cost of ownership is understood (the investment required for equipment and management) can a reliable and accurate comparison be made to the same services available in the cloud. There are lots of promised benefits with the cloud (and in most cases they do exist and are true) but if companies don't take into account all the associated costs, the situation can easily be misrepresented.

+ SLAs That Benefit The Enterprise
Downtime can wreak havoc on an enterprise's bottom line, not to mention provide a poor experience to users - both internal and external. There can be significant costs associated with downtime so it is really important that enterprises negotiate service-level agreements (SLAs) that provide compensation for any lack of availability.

+ Company Wide Cloud Readiness
The cloud can be confusing to those that aren't familiar with how it works (or what it really means to their existing processes and procedures). It is essential for those moving to the cloud (in whole or in part) to understand the benefits to them directly; when key personnel can see how the degree to which their work life is simplified, you won't just get a user, but a genuine advocate for future changes.

+ Scale Up & Toward the Cloud
It would be a mistake to wake up one day and decide that all of an enterprises on-premise applications will now run in the cloud - there's a lot of planning and education that is involved and it's foolish to believe that there is any better way than to slowly scale up gradually toward a goal of full operations off-premise. Some applications, however, are actually better suited to being on-premise; being able to identify these and select the ideal applications for an offline deployment will ensure enterprises get the most of the cloud.

+ Continual Cloud Education
Significant advancements are being made in the realm of technology which impact everything about how applications are hosted and operated in the cloud. As a result, it's exceedingly important to stay abreast of developments in related industries. Website Magazine regularly publishes information in both its Hosting Panel and Software Everywhere channel which can serve as an excellent starting point.


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