As the cloud becomes the “new” technology, instead of the “possible” technology, businesses of all sizes and shapes are now asking a number of questions. While there are a great many benefits to the way the cloud operates in terms of both monetary savings and reduced physical platform needs, businesses would do well to ensure that they are getting their best option by making sure they are getting the right answers.
First, companies have to ask how they can most efficiently take advantage of the immediate cost savings that many cloud companies advance. Software as a service (SaaS) is often the best route to take as this software addresses specific applications and operates under a common, wide-ranging base code. Next, companies should question how their security needs will be met – cost-savings mean nothing if data is not secured. While some Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) providers have been certified through the FedRAMP program for Moderate Impact systems, leading to a safer operating environment, companies may also wish to choose an internal or private cloud option to minimize risks.
Businesses just getting started in the cloud should also ask just how to make the most of cloud provider agreements without losing too much control, even if their staff has not yet been trained in the world of PaaS, SaaS and IaaS. In the new market, many providers are willing to negotiate terms of service and companies should pay attention to just what data privileges the provider will be taking and what level of control will be retained at the local level.
While there is no perfect list of questions to ask, asking about core cloud concepts can help companies get the edge in a the new market space.