7 Biggest Cloud Computing Services Mistakes

| February 28, 2013

While moving some functions to the cloud can be a major boon for your company in terms of cost and energy savings, there are many common pitfalls. By themselves, cloud computing services are not enough to make a business run better. Management still matters. Below are some of the most important errors to avoid.

1. Making an Uninformed Decision in Selecting Cloud Computing Services

Not all cloud service providers are created equal. The decision begins with whether to move into the cloud at all; if you have relatively simple needs and already own servers capable of handling them, entering the cloud may be an unnecessary transition. And if you do take the plunge, take the time to evaluate multiple providers of cloud services before settling on the one that best fits your needs.

2. Ignoring Costs Involved with Cloud Computing Services

The cloud can save significant money, but when you are paying for services a la carte, you need to find out exactly what costs are, and learn to contain them to only pay for what you need.

3. Forgetting to Manage Cloud Services

Your data is still your data, and your company is still your company. When you use cloud services, much of the operations that once took place on your premises now functions remotely. Make sure you know what occurs in the cloud and how it affects your business.

4. Ignoring Different IT Needs for Cloud Computing

Your pre-existing IT department may still be sufficient—but it may not be. Make sure your IT staff can handle ongoing management of data and remote services. If it cannot, you need to either have them trained for the new environment or bring in new team members with cloud expertise.

5. Failing to Back Up Data When Using Cloud Computing Services

This may be the most detrimental mistake of all. Your data does not belong to your cloud services provider. That provider will have insurance to cover its equipment, and liability coverage in case something goes wrong. But it's your job to back up your data regularly, so that in the event of a major data loss in the cloud, you can access critical files and continue running your business.

6. Purchasing More Services Than You Need

One problem with scalable business solutions is the tendency to scale up and forget to scale back down, or to err on the side of caution by escalating higher than needed. One of the major benefits of utilizing the cloud is NOT having to scale to the peaks. Purchase what you need, and be prepared to scale up if needed.

7. Not Making Regular Check-ups to Your Services

Similarly, your needs will change over time. Cloud services are fluid when used properly, adjusting capacity to your company's requirements. Because businesses cycle through different levels of demand and volume, you need to focus on when those changes occur and be prepared to adjust.

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