Moving to the Public Cloud: Six Steps for Success

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Check Out the Technical Support

Before you pick a provider, check out the technical support.

A public cloud provider without available and skilled technical support probably won't be a good value in the long run. Understand how to access technical support, who would support your team, the type of issues they can address, what SLAs they have and how escalations are handled. Also, be sure you understand the support cost structure. These are the people you'll need to count on to make sure your cloud-based operations run smoothly. Vet them before you make a final vendor selection.

The public cloud beckons. Gartner says that nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017. That significant growth stems from the clear business case for public cloud adoption. Enterprises want more cost-effective migration, disaster recovery and business continuity options. The public cloud delivers with a low cost, pay-as-you-go model. Elasticity helps IT teams manage unpredictable application needs. Teams can set their budgets on time and still adapt to shifting resource demands thanks to the public cloud's economic advantages.    

However, companies are still figuring out how to begin incorporating public cloud services into existing IT operations. High-priority considerations early in the process include: streamlining the migration process, reducing risk wherever possible and targeting early wins. These should be a CIO's top concerns as the process gets underway.

In this slideshow, HotLink, a cloud solution provider, highlights six best practices to help IT leaders stay focused and see their businesses through a successful cloud migration.

 

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