Enterprise public cloud use is becoming more and more popular. Before you choose a provider, use these tips from big companies who have paved the way.
Whether you have a small business, medium sized business, or a large business, there are many things you can learn from big businesses who have utilized enterprise public clouds. If you are looking for ways to get the most out of your enterprise public cloud use and better protect yourself, you should learn from these tips from some of the major companies who have paved the way.
- Categorize Your Apps. You likely have more than one app and before you move them onto the cloud, you should categorize them. Determine which ones should be labeled low, medium, and high risk. Your low risk apps would not have a lot of sensitive information while high risk would. Any low risk apps should not be moved to the cloud so you can ensure information is kept safe.
- Use a Cloud Broker. Now that you know which apps you will be moving to the cloud, you have to get them there. This is easiest to do when you have a professional working with you. To ensure they are transferred with no issues, consider getting a cloud broker to handle it for you.
- Prices Can Be Negotiated. When you are looking at public cloud vendors, know that the prices that are listed can always be negotiated. Do not settle for the first price. Instead, see how you can work with them on a better price.
- Find Someone to Negotiate for You. If you do not know how to negotiate the prices down very well, you should consider bringing in someone who can. Find someone who knows what they are doing when negotiating. Otherwise, you may risk losing the vendor completely.
- Double Check Licensing. Just because you are licensed to use data on your premises does not mean you can use it on the cloud. Licensing can be completely different and you may run into some issues. Make sure you are legally allowed to use the app on the cloud in your licensing agreement.
- Train for Cloud Compliance. You likely already have auditors in place but on the cloud, things can be very different when it comes to auditing. Take some time to ensure your compliance officers know what they are doing and can handle the audits on the cloud. You may even want to provide them with some training.
- Negotiate Liability Even When it is Difficult. For most companies, when they are working with their cloud provider, it can be difficult to come to common ground on liability. However, it is extremely important that you find something that works for you as a business because you need liability protection. Try to get liability that covers loss, liability, and damages equal to the amount of what you are storing on their cloud.
- Try to Research and Avoid Lock-in. Most likely, you will not stay with the same cloud provider for the rest of the time you are in business. At some point, your needs will change and you will need to change providers. Some providers, however, are known for locking in customers by preventing them from taking everything off of the cloud. Do your research before you move anything onto their cloud to ensure they do not do this.
- Encrypt Everything. Anything that you put on the cloud needs to be secure. You cannot rely completely on the security that the provider gives you. Make sure you also protect your information by encrypting your data.
- Know There Are Limits. Just like with everything else in business, there will be limits of how much space you can use and what you can do on the cloud. Know what these are so you can better prepare yourself for the future and can manage expectations.