3. Compliance and Privacy

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Strategies that help ensure successful cloud-based projects.

3. Compliance and Privacy

Third, you should carefully consider the implications of compliance and privacy regulations when making a move to the cloud. You need to understand the impact these regulations will have on your new set of applications. Also consider the geographies that your customers will be connecting from and what local regulations apply.

“If you do business in the United Kingdom, there are personal data privacy restrictions that can impact your decisions based on where your cloud provider stores its data and how it manages it,” says Slalom’s Cutler. He also says that, in addition to the regulatory environment, you need to consider staffing implications because you might need staff with new or different skills to manage your cloud applications.

Bandwidth is another crucial consideration. “Make sure your existing network is ready for migration to the cloud and that it’s fast enough,” Cutler advises. “You need to have a sufficient network pipe to support your users so they don’t perceive any performance degradation.”

4. On-Site Work

Finally, realize that just because your apps are in the cloud doesn’t mean you can completely ignore what’s in your office. “There is still a lot of local work that needs to be done when evaluating any cloud-based solution,” says Tim Crawford, CIO at All Covered, an IT services company based in Redwood City, Calif.

“Desktops and networks need configuration; security has to be set up properly; and hardware and firewalls need managing. Even if you move all your servers off-site, there is still a lot to touch on-site.”

As you can see, there is much to learn about cloud services, but, with some careful planning and considered choices, you can end up with a successful operation.

This article was originally published on 2011-01-28
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