Modern businesses have a whole range of diverse things to take care of, and as such this diverts atleast some portion of their attention from the aim of expanding the prospects of the business. IT requirements tend to occupy a lot of attention as it formulates the very backbone of modern businesses.
As such, by outsourcing their IT related needs to a third party service provider, organizations can not only reduce the operational costs, but also effectively divert their human resources to areas which require attention. However, before choosing a cloud hosting service provider, the organization must take into account the following:
Security is of paramount importance for the data of the organization; as such they must ensure that their service provider can accommodate satisfactory security measures to ensure the safety of their data. Organizations must keep in mind that they are handling sensitive information about their clients and also have their own proprietary data to take care of. As such, if the hosting provider fails to provide ample security measures through firewalls and industry standard network protection, the organization risks a breach into their sensitive information. The organization must also ensure that the data centers of their service providers have ample security measures to safeguard the data from human and natural causes.
Businesses must seek cloud hosting providers who can provide them with round the clock comprehensive support. Without proper support facility on part of the service provider, the business will be affected when they face some issues, whether on their end or on the end of the service provider. The business must stay online for maximum benefit, and going offline on account of support issues will only reduce the reach of the business to its clients. As such, business must make sure that the services come with complete round the clock support to address any issues which might arise.
Most cloud service providers these days work on the principle of leasing a single server to numerous clients, as the data is stored on a virtual space. As a result, there can often be mistakes in separating the data of one client from the other. Subsequently, the data becomes accessible to all the tenants within the server space, and this can pose severe challenge to the integrity of the business. Businesses seeking to move their data on the cloud should always make sure that their service provider has effective data separation policies in place to prevent such occurrences.
Cloud service providers may often provide the services at unusually low prices, and lure businesses into hosting their data with the. But more often than not, the service provider will have promotional material displayed on the clients’ pages to make up for the lost revenue in providing the services at a subsidized rate. These advertisements not only become annoying after a point of time, they may also contain third party links which might monitor or intercept the clients’ sensitive data without their knowing. Before making a move to the cloud, businesses must make sure that they get an advertisement free environment for the amount that they are investing.
Businesses must make sure before subscribing for a cloud hosting, as to what the server uptime is provided by the service provider. They must consider how many data centers the service provider is running, as this will directly affect the downtime. If the service provider has only one center from where the operations are managed, any maintenance of the facility will take the business of the cloud for hours on an end. On the contrary, if the provider has multiple centers, the data will always be available for the business to access, as it is available in one or more alternate locations.
Before signing up for a cloud hosting solution, organizations must be thorough about the hardware specifications being provided by the service provider. The specifications must be able to run the clients’ applications efficiently, as any failure to do so may lead to the business losing efficiency on account of reduced system performance. Clients’ must also ensure that the service provider has options to increase or decrease the hardware parameters depending on their needs of the hour.
Uncluttered User Interface
The cloud interface must be uncluttered, and provide the users with a clean and user friendly environment to work with. They are usually seeking a replacement of their desktop interface, and a complex interface can prove too daunting to handle on a daily basis.
Furthermore, the users can be novice operators, and not be technologically informed enough to understand and make use of a complicated interface. Businesses must choose a hosting provider after ascertaining the technological knowhow of its users for the maximum benefit.
This is a guest column by Deepanshu Gahlaut from Ace Cloud Hosting.