Upgrading to cloud services is the new move for lean businesses all around the world. Companies want to take advantage of lower costs, streamlined services, and remote capabilities. At Enterprise Technology Services, we know firsthand that obtaining these benefits depends on hiring the right cloud service providers. Before you start pulling up online search results for “cloud-based solutions,” here are a few tips you should follow.
4 Ways to Decide on a Cloud-Based Solution
1. Identify Your Needs
Business owners and managers are often just as attracted to the bells and whistles of tech as regular consumers. This may cause them to buy into services they may not understand or even need. So, the first questions you may need to ask are, “What is cloud-based? Will it meet my needs?”
Cloud-based computing creates shared network capabilities that allow multiple devices to share the same files and applications. The big difference is that the servers handling cloud computing and storing the information are remote rather than local. These services fall under a variety of packages and offers, so assess your computing needs and choose accordingly.
2. Check the Security Level
The more businesses and consumers rely on the internet, the more vulnerable their data becomes to hackers. This is the cost of convenience in the era of cloud computing. The workaround for this is to have strong security checks in place for both the provider and the business owner.
Always ask the provider what level of security it provides. Ask about the certifications and standards in place. If you have a high-target business, then you may need a more secure system than most, such as ISO 27001 certification. High-target businesses include law firms, accounting firms, banks, and medical facilities. These organizations are rich with the kind of personal data hackers want to get their hands on.
3. Compare Price to Value
To remain a lean business, managers need to find ways to reduce expenses. However, the cost is more than just how much you pay. It also includes the value you receive for the dollar amount. Ask about the pricing structure and see how well this aligns with your budget and computing needs for not just today, but five years from now. How easy is it to upgrade and is the cost worth the jump?
When it comes to the actual dollar figures, there are also some shady practices to watch out for. Be mindful of companies that charge big upfront fees for “installation” or “activation.” You also want to avoid any company offering lock-in clauses. These clauses make it difficult to leave if you experience exponential growth or dislike their service. Finally, try to find a pricing structure where you pay for only what you use.
4. Choose a Trustworthy Partner
One of the best ways to find out if your cloud service provider is trustworthy is to check their online reviews. If the company is new and has no reviews then ask for references. At ETS, we currently have a Google My Business rating of 4.7 stars from our customers.
We have spent the past few years improving our business to serve you better. Here are some of the perks of working with us:
- Private cloud backup and disaster recovery services
- Tier-three level data protection hosted right here in Phoenix
- Great customer service from employees that are happy to serve you
- Free ongoing equipment replacements, upgrades, and updates
When computing via the cloud, working with a trustworthy partner is the difference between minor hiccups and catastrophic breakdowns. It may also set the standard between detecting potential threats and facing an actual firewall breach. So, if you’re looking for a trustworthy cloud service provider to take your business computing to the next level, contact us online or give ETS a call at 602.426.8600 for more information.
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