5 Big Cloud Computing Mistakes And How To Avoid Making Them
Many small businesses today are keen to venture into the Cloud. The advantages are well-documented; cost savings, greater scalability and improved productivity to mention a few, but mistakes are easily made.
Here are the top five mistakes that small businesses make when venturing into the cloud according to IT consultancy firms; and how to avoid them.
Failing To Plan; Planning To Fail
What would you do if your cloud service provider experienced a data loss disaster? Many businesses just assume that their provider has a disaster recovery policy in place and have no idea how to retrieve their data should there be an emergency.
Before you sign any contract with a cloud support service, always ensure that the company has a documented set of disaster recovery procedures in place. Make sure you understand how to retrieve your stored data and are fully conversant with what to do should your company need assistance.
Failing To Use An Appropriate Cloud Service Model Or Package
Always consider the short and long-term financial benefits of a cloud service and compare them to the risks involved with making the move. You could find yourself using an inefficient model that costs your business more money than necessary. Think about the flexibility you need and your purpose for using the cloud in the first place, before you make your choice.
Failing To Comply With Privacy Laws
Make sure you understand the privacy laws applicable to the type of data you intend to store and save in the cloud, and check that the cloud service provider is familiar with them too.
Your company may be vulnerable to laws governing client privacy depending on which industry you work in. You may find that there are limitations on the type of data you are allowed to save in the cloud, who has access to that information and the type of cloud model you are allowed to use. Breaching these laws could land you in court, resulting in prosecution or a hefty fine.
Providing Open Access
It’s essential that you have control over who has access to the data in your company’s cloud and what they are allowed to do with it. If you don’t, you leave yourself vulnerable to employee errors and foul play. Some employees will need to be able to change passwords and have authority to delete files but this shouldn’t be granted carte blanche. Put documented policies in place and ensure that employees are fully trained in what they can and cannot do with the data stored in your company’s cloud facility.
Using The Wrong Cloud Solution
Cloud computing models vary in the functionality and space they offer and it’s important that you understand exactly what you are getting for your money. Clearly, there’s no point in signing up for services you neither want or need or buying a service with limited storage capacity that does not serve your company’s needs.
Understand exactly what you want before you start looking around at cloud service different options. If you put together a checklist of essentials and nice-to-haves, you can then tick off options and compare them depending upon limitations, security services, flexibility etc.
The cloud is increasingly becoming the place to be for data storage and other functionality for small businesses. Before you dive in, consider these top five mistakes, do your research and get it right first time.