In today’s digital world, adopting a cloud-first strategy is no longer a consideration, but rather it’s key to survival for modern companies. According to Gartner, Inc., the worldwide public cloud services market is forecast to grow 17% in 2020 to total $266.4 billion, up from $227.8 billion in 2019,
“At this point, cloud adoption is mainstream,” said Sid Nag, research vice president at Gartner.
So what does this mean for your business? Our Edafio Cloud Team Lead, Will Smothers, sat down with Rogers Chamber of Commerce, Justin Freeman, for a Cloud Computing Q and A to help shed some light on adopting a cloud-first strategy. Organizations across all industries, sizes, and geographic locations are quickly realizing the numerous benefits of cloud computing for companies, and it is safe to say that without a cloud-first strategy, organizations will soon fall behind their competitors.
1. What type of cloud package would a new business need, and what would they use it for?
Every business is different. A few questions we will ask a new client are – what are their business goals? What are they trying to achieve? A lot of businesses are focusing on remote work now instead of being in brick-and-mortar buildings. Being able to leverage those cloud programs, such as software as a service, infrastructure as a service or platform as a service, allows employees to be productive no matter where they are. If they’re doing email or sharing files, we can help them with that pretty quickly. Either way, it frees them up from having to worry about having any type of server or security infrastructure in a traditional facility. Everything is done virtually, and they don’t have to worry about buying hardware again.
2. What keywords or terminology should a business look for when searching for the best security?
The biggest thing I would tell a business to look for is multi-factor authentication. Statistically, it has proven to stop up to 97% of all breaches. Before working with a client, we always make sure they have MFA turned on. We would be doing them a disservice if we decided to work with them without doing that. You also must have a security awareness program. You need to educate your end-users every day on what not to do, and to make sure that your incoming emails are legitimate. We call that the human firewall.
3. Should businesses be concerned about cloud backups, and how often would you suggest is a good amount to back up information?
Great question. Many people think that information in the cloud is safe, but this is not always the case. Do you back up your servers and work stations on the premises? Then it would be best if you backed them up in the cloud too. We always recommend backing up the data and using the 3-2-1 rule – have at least three data points on two different types of media, and have at least one of them offsite. You’ve got to protect that data.
“We always recommend backing up the data and using the 3-2-1 rule – have at least three data points on two different types of media, and have at least one of them offsite. You’ve got to protect that data.”Will Smothers, Edafio Cloud Team Lead
4. How much space would you suggest that a business start out with in the cloud?
For software as a service, it depends on the license that you purchase. We specialize in the Microsoft part of the house, but each license has a different nuance to them, and each has different space requirements. Storage is storage, but a lot of times, more hardware does not fix the problem. You need to be able to efficiently utilize your hardware, something we call “rightsizing.” At Edafio, we can perform a diagnostic audit of your storage space and make sure that you’re using your resources efficiently. You need to know what your needs are, what you’re paying for, and make sure that you’re utilizing everything that you’re getting. We have had zero tickets open related to performance on the cloud after adjusting resources to get businesses the most for their money. We can also do those same things in public clouds, but it is a longer and more complicated process. Like many of these questions, it depends on what you’re doing and varies with each business.
“Edafio takes a multi-cloud approach. We understand that it’s not a one-size-fits-all. We want to come in and learn how you work, what your business model is, what type of devices you want to work off of, and we try to tailor a solution for you.”Will Smothers
5. Do you suggest going entirely on the cloud or should a business have a physical presence as well?
It honestly depends on the engineer that you talk to. In my experience, companies going entirely on the cloud is much more affordable in instances when there is a power failure, and there is less upkeep on battery backups, generators, heating, and cooling, etc. It can become overwhelming and expensive if you’re starting a business from scratch. When utilizing a cloud-based model, everything is at operating cost. You know exactly what it costs to add one user to your network. It makes it much easier as a company when you know exactly what it will cost you each month for the IT department to do their job. However, for some businesses like hospitals with a crazy amount of huge files, it makes sense to have some data on-site. The latency and lag on those large files when trying to view them in the cloud would be insurmountable.
Edafio takes a multi-cloud approach. We understand that it’s not a one-size-fits-all. We really want to come in and learn how you work, what your business model is, what type of devices you want to work off of, and we try to tailor a solution for you. A lot of business owners know what they want to do but aren’t quite sure how to set everything up to be able to work effectively and efficiently. Businesses don’t always know that there are regulatory compliances that they have to meet and other issues that we can teach them about and help them find solutions.
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