Before you fly into cloud computing, make sure you know what to expect.
Looks like your kindergarten teacher was right: Learning to share is important.
Cloud computing allows you to share applications and resources, controlling costs and boosting business power. It can be an amazing strategy for companies that don’t have the personnel or hardware to run every aspect of IT on their own.
Before you go flying into the stratosphere, however, you should know a few things about the cloud.
Myth: Clouds are always located offsite.
Myth: Clouds are always cheaper.
Myth: All companies are ready for cloud computing.
Myth: Clouds eliminate the need for in-house IT.
When looking into a cloud-computing move, consider the numbers that are relevant to your business. Shop around for providers and ask questions about costs, privacy controls, data recovery, IT support and other services.
Remember that a cloud-computing firm should be an extension of your business, not a hard-to-reach data center that doesn’t allow you 24/7 access to your data.
If you’re armed with the facts and ready to embark on a cloud strategy, then congratulate yourself: Your kindergarten teacher would be proud
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