A cloud service isn’t just like a home for your information – it’s more like a hotel, says A. Hack
If you’ve ever helped someone out with a house move you’ll know that you normally find out far more about them than you’d want to. I also find that there seems to be one comment you always seem to hear during such moves: ‘Why didn’t we have a clear out before?’
Just as homeowners often transfer all their junk from one home to the next, so to can IT managers and CIOs when porting business processes onto a cloud service provider.
Therein lies the problem of course. Those in management shouldn’t regard the move to the cloud as just moving home. It’s more like going to a hotel in many respects. The disciplines are very different.
For instance, a good hotel manager will being able to take reservations in advance, gear up if you need extra facilities (like a function room for you to hold your party in) and juggle capacity for you, should you need extra room.
However, think carefully about your move as you should only take the basics to this rented accommodation. Don’t pack your entire contents – instead perhaps, get rid of what you don’t need and put the rest into storage.
Just as you can gauge a hotel’s professionalism, by the way they deal with your initial inquiries, so you can get a feeling for your cloud service provider, from the way they handle your requests.
Like a cloud service provider, a hotel will have immensely powerful air conditioning systems, to keep your room at sub zero temperatures. Unlike a hotel, of course, the cloud service provider should be able to do everything more cheaply.
Some rules remain the same though. Keep an eye on the bill. You will find that impulse buys can still send your bill soaring…
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