If you’re considering cloud computing for your business, here are some important questions to ponder:
1. Do you have a data recovery plan in the event your server fails?
2. What is your downtime cost in the event your server fails or you experience data loss?
3. Could your business recover if you lost all of the data on your server?
4. If you do backup your data, how long would it take you to get back online as a business if your server crashed?
5. Have you created a backup your entire business processes, operating system(s), application programs?
6. How often do you backup your data? (if at all)
7. Do you keep your server on-site, or do you host it in a data center?
8. Are expensive program costs, upgrades or licenses preventing you from using them or keeping them current?
9. Do you have a recovery strategy if your business location is not accessible for a period of time?
10. Do you have a recovery plan for your voice and Internet?
11. Are you happy with the way your corporate email system is working? Can you share calendars, documents, etc.?
12. Who manages your email system? How is a new employee added?
13. Can you afford to hire a full-time IT staff or able to hire a 3rd party IT company on a consistent basis?
14. Are you going to be replacing any PC’s or laptops soon? Will your applications load on your new hardware?
15. Would the ability to access your desktop from any device and from anywhere be of interest to you?
16. Are you “bullet-proof?” Do you have powerful enough firewalls, Security protocols, both external and internal intrusion protection to stop malicious efforts to compromise your business? Could you afford to buy and implement these strategies into your local hardware and protocols? Or does using a cloud-based service with only a monthly service fee best fit your budget?