With cloud technology being relatively new to most users, there’s often a lack of experience that hinders proper cloud deployment. Even with a lot of prior research, you still have a lot of room for error, as each network is going to be designed differently – meaning what has worked for someone else’s business may not work the same for your business.
Keeping Security on the Forefront
One of the biggest mistakes made by companies looking to implement cloud technology is ignoring the security aspects involved. Security should always be the most important factor when dealing with the internet and cloud deployment. Since you are putting potentially sensitive information online, it can sometimes be made easier to access by unauthorized users as the data is more out of your hands than it is when hosted on your own physical network.
You should always see what type of security the cloud service you are interested in has to offer, and what levels of encryption are used. Don’t let the excitement of cloud deployment stray you away from keeping your data secure.
The Importance of Performance
A lot of companies make the mistake of going all-in with cloud deployment, without first ensuring the performance and compatibility of the services with their network. Even if the service meets all of the requirements you have, it may be completely incompatible with your network, or perform extremely slow.
Usually, you are able to test these services before going all-in, so it is highly recommended you do that to ensure complete compatibility with your network. There’s nothing worse than taking the time and money to set up a new system, only to find out that all of your users are unable to work efficiently due to slow performance and other issues.
Skip Unnecessary Cloud Technologies
Don’t get too caught up in the excitement of implementing new cloud technologies. Although there might be a lot of services that seem really interesting, it is important to remember why exactly you are seeking cloud services in the first place. Always identify your objectives before signing up for a bunch of new services just to play around with them and see what they have to offer.
You can always do some research and figure out what each type of cloud services is going to offer without actually implementing it. Obviously you’ll want to test for performance and compatibility as we previously mentioned, but try to limit this testing to two or three services you are really interested in. There are many different combinations of services you can try, and you’ll waste a lot of time and money if you attempt to test more of these services than you really need to. Alternatively, do seek the advice of your IT partner as they will be able to guide you down the best cloud deployment route.