Are you planning for a cloud computing environment for your application? This may help you

Posted: April 10, 2014 in Blogger, Technology, Web Development

In IT services the latest buzzword is “Cloud Computing”. It has key decision makers thinking about whether to adopt cloud computing services to meet their organizational needs. If you are one of these key decision makers, then you have come to the right place. We can help you decide whether or not your decision to adopt cloud computing is worth the cost and efforts involved.

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There are two factors you must consider before you decide to adopt cloud computing. These two main factors are – Selecting which application to put on the cloud and selecting which vendor to approach.

The first thing you should know is that not all applications can be put in a cloud computing environment. Normally, you should not put over the cloud applications of below nature:

• Mission critical applications such as ERP & MIS which over 80% the workforce in your organization use
• Real-time applications which have huge uptime requirements
• Applications that are business critical as well as highly secure data centric like those required in banking and financial sectors

There are situations where the adoption of cloud computing services can greatly benefit for your business.

• Your business is either a rapidly growing or cash-strapped one that requires dynamic compute capabilities
• You want to make IT infrastructure available to your employees on-demand without having any management headaches
• You don’t have the required people internally to upgrade as well as maintain the software
• You don’t want to pay for infrastructure, hardware as well as maintenance cost of hosting applications that aren’t of high performance. Those applications which have minimal data access, and those for which continuous access isn’t critical such as e-mailing application and CRM
• You have on-demand infrastructure needs that must be met on a 24/7 basis

When you selecting a vendor you must consider the following:

• Price and the total cost of data retention for that period
• Levels of data protection and information security provided by the vendor
• Performance and latency criteria such as application response time, the number of transactions per second, and the amount of time the cloud will be done every month
• The data auditing along with the backup policies being offered by the vendor
• The amount of scalability of resources that the vendor provides
• Presence of a clause in the vendor’s contract for service credits if they don’t meet the SLA
• How financially stable and reliable the service provider is
• How big is the vendor’s existing customer base
• The level of O&M along with the help desk services the cloud vendor provides

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