Moving into cloud made easy for SMEs

Small and Medium Enterprises, or SMEs, make up about half of the UK’s economy. Whether you are a small firm or large you will have IT requirements, albeit quite different ones. Now if you want to move some IT into cloud it can be advantageous but also a bit risky without some sound advice.

Security is important and although many people think ‘it won’t happen to them’, it might, so service level agreements and data recovery procedures are very important. Not all data will sit easily in the cloud and yet some will be very happy there, saving you some money and not affecting the business at all.

First you must choose a supplier and make sure you know as much about them as you can. If you don’t have proper IT staff this can be difficult but it is important as there are some unscrupulous people out there. Once you have a legitimate cloud supplier then there are 3 things to check.

For your data protection you need to know what the contracted recovery time and recovery point objectives are. A good cloud provider will be able to tell you where your data is and if it gets lost, how quickly you can get it back. You also need complete fidelity between cloud and on-premise apps. There are certain things you can do on-premise.

Lastly, we have mentioned security but it is important. You must know what legalities apply to your data and to the companies that you will be supplying with data. You have to choose a cloud provider who can meet your legal obligations so you must know what they are. A good example of this is SharePoint who let businesses open for collaboration with no need to open the firewalls.