Nine Costly Mistakes in the Cloud and How to Avoid Them

Cloud is a must-have for any company and its ease of accessibility makes it attainable for anyone looking to purchase it. These are some typical mistakes made and tips to keep in mind as you look for and begin implementation of a cloud solution.

1. Failure to Plan and Settling for a Solution

Finding the right solution is fundamental when implementing a cloud solution for your company. Each business has its own unique wants and needs, so taking into account security measures, bandwidth and other technical requirements is necessary to finding a solution that will best serve you and your customers. In addition to taking these into account, you should also consider the end use of your cloud. Will you be using this internally? Providing hybrid cloud? Public? Not all clouds are created equal, so keep the end requirements in mind as you look for an appropriate solution.

2. Underestimating Your Network Needs

Underestimating your network traffic can result in a slow environment and other issues. Implementing a cloud solution brings a lot of high traffic into your environment. Find out how much traffic you can expect from your cloud provider based on your business needs to attain an environment that is efficient for all users.

3. Building Your own Infrastructure

Companies underestimate the amount of time and resources necessary to implement a solution from scratch. While it is possible to create these, finding a solution that is configured for your specifications can greatly reduce your time to implementation. Additionally, this infrastructure often comes with a support package from the cloud provider, reducing your risk of purchase and implementation. It is important to set up a realistic plan for purchase and implementation of homegrown and customized solutions and take into account the support benefits that come with a customized solution to find an environment that’s right for your needs and your budget.

4. Falling in Love with the Technology, Not the Solution

Again, the industry is full of big name vendors, but purchasing a solution based on sleek or heavy-duty hardware won’t guarantee that it will fit your business model. Base your purchase on your individual needs and a solution that can meet those needs. This will give your users a better overall user experience and will be more cost effective.

5. Not Creating a Disaster Recovery Plan or Multi-Zone Environment

Planning for an outage should be an integral part of your business plan. As evidenced by major cloud outages, planning for them is key in ensuring you always have access to your resources. Implementing a multi-zone environment can help facilitate your plan by providing a true disaster recovery solution. Talk to your cloud provider about a possible multi-zone solution and plan for additional monitoring and management resources.

6. Monitoring and Management

Once your cloud environment has been implemented, it is up to your company to continue monitoring and managing it. Many businesses are unprepared for this time and budget commitment when they are looking for cloud and don’t budget for these allocations. Companies should find out from their cloud providers how much service to expect and have a complete understanding of how to monitor and manage your environment.

7. Metering and Billing

Finding a comprehensive solution to manage metering and billing helps facilitate chargeback to departments and invoicing your customers. Without a solution that incorporates this, your company will need to further allocate resources to manage these processes manually, costing you time and money. Shopping around for a more robust package can help alleviate these burdens and simplify your cloud environment.

8. Providing a Comprehensive Appstore

Creating an appstore with application suites can further simplify your cloud environment and make resources easy to find for all cloud users. Some cloud providers do not include this in their cloud packages and certain applications may not be compatible with the infrastructure you purchase. Determining which applications are necessary for your unique business processes and asking your potential cloud provider about support for them can be a good start to ensuring you will have access to them in your new cloud.

9. Marketing Your Cloud Solution to Create Revenue

Many companies that purchase cloud with the intention to resell it to their customers find it challenging to do so after implementation. Educating your sales and marketing teams about how your cloud works and the benefits it provides to your customers can be a step in the right direction to simplifying your marketing strategy. Further, you can discuss a possible strategy with your cloud provider for best practices on reselling their solution.