The evolution of cloud technology is redefining your business. You may have joined the cloud movement already. Or perhaps you’re attempting to put off cloud adoption as long as possible. Either way, your business will be implementing cloud services – in part or in full – in the next few years, whether you want to or not.
To prepare for the inevitable, your first step for transitioning is to understand where you are on the cloud spectrum.
Every company falls into one of three categories when considering a transition to the Cloud
1. Cloud Enthusiast
You are familiar with the cloud, you have already implemented some cloud applications, and are ready to move forward with a full-scale transition.
2. Cloud Explorer
You know the cloud has some advanced capabilities and are ready to explore the way it can help resolve the challenges your company faces.
3. Cloud Resister
You are aware there is an issue with the capacity, flexibility and security of your current on-premise server but aren’t even considering the cloud as a viable solution to your problems. See our previous article Ways to work Smarter Through the Cloud.
Each of these cloud statuses have one thing in common. They each need a reliable partner for successfully moving into a cloud-based IT environment.
There are two paths to take when moving into the cloud
One path leads toward an enterprise-level cloud provider, like Microsoft. These bigwig cloud platforms offer amazing software to take your business into the new age of technology. But they lack the ability to provide the hands-on, personalized focus your company needs to make the right cloud decisions for your specific needs. You could end up with many servers hosted on a single platform (for example, one company has up to 25 servers on one platform alone), and without the right expertise to configure and support all those servers, your new-age solution could leave you falling behind.
The other path leads toward smaller cloud-hosting firms that work with the enterprise solutions but manage them for your company as a third party.
3 Reasons why partnering with a smaller cloud-hosting firm benefits your business
1. Data Mining
Large firms mine your data for knowledge about your clients and business. This wide-spread activity compromises your data and your clients’ security. In some cases, your data could even be subjected to subpoena without your knowledge.
2. Dedicated Support
Smaller firms cater to the needs of their clients and offer a level of client support that the larger firms cannot manage. Instead of being placed in a queue, your needs are managed personally and to the best interest of your business needs.
3. Customized Transition
Your company needs a customized cloud transition experience to ensure your data and servers are moved to the cloud with no business interruptions. Smaller cloud hosting firms are experienced enough to know the best solution, yet small enough to provide each client with hands-on management throughout the transition.
Consider DiamondIT your personal Sherpa, guiding you to the cloud! As your trusted consultant and IT partner, we cater to your business needs and provide a phased cloud adoption plan to maximize your current IT investment.
If you’re interested in learning more about transitioning to the cloud, you can read more here, email us directly, or call us at 877-716-8324.