Editor's note: This article was originally posted in 2018, but has been updated to include the latest information. Considering migrating from a physical server to a cloud-based solution? Wondering how to ensure you get the best provider for you? This is an important decision and selecting a cloud provider can be difficult. I can help. In this article, I'll walk you through 8 important questions that will help you identify the best cloud service provider for you. After reading this article, you'll be confident that you know the right questions to ask, so you get quality service that is the right solution for your organization. As a managed service IT provider for numerous companies in a variety of industries in Connecticut and the surrounding region, Kelser uses cloud-based tools to ensure optimal technology performance. But, don't worry, I won't try to convince you to work with us or push managed IT support services. The truth is, we know that managed IT isn't the right solution for every organization. Rather than convince you to work with us, we focus on providing honest information you can use to get the IT solutions that are best for you. Why Is Asking The Right Questions Important? As with any important buying decision, it's important to ask the right questions to ensure that you will be satisfied with your purchase. And, while people often assume that one cloud provider is the same as the next, the truth is that each provider may handle things a bit differently. 8 Questions To Ask Potential Cloud Service Providers Here are 8 important questions to ask potential cloud service providers:
Ask any business leader about the importance of technology to their business and they’ll likely tell you that it is critical. In fact, they might say they couldn’t do business without it. But, ask the same people if their strategic business plan includes technology and they may or may not answer yes.
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Note: This article was originally published in 2015, under the title: The 7 Types of Virtualization. It has been updated to reflect advancements in technology. Virtualization is how the cloud works. Read this article to learn everything you need to know about cloud migration so you can decide if it's right for you.
Cybersecurity gets a lot of attention today. With remote work more prevalent than ever, there’s a renewed focus on securing our digital and virtual workspaces, data, and more from seemingly far-away threats like the cyber mafia. However, the physical access to your data center, data closet, or wherever you lock away the beating heart of your organization is just as important. But many businesses, especially those that have compliance requirements related to their physical security, are often not in line with best practices in their defenses.
As businesses continue to struggle with the economic fallout of COVID-19, many leaders are looking for ways to reduce costs, including technology. When implemented strategically, technology is a business enabler—an investment, not an expense. However, it’s always good to eliminate inefficiencies or redundancies in the IT department whenever possible. I recently had the chance to contribute to a TechRepublic article called “CIOs: 8 ways to trim IT budgets”. My tip, which focuses on telecom costs, is number 6. Below is more detail on how companies can potentially find savings in the IT budget.
With so many businesses operating fully remotely, the ability to collaborate in the cloud has become essential. Hybrid cloud solutions give companies the flexibility to use the cloud in a way that best suits them. TechTarget recently interviewed me about how Amazon Web Services (AWS) fits into the hybrid cloud landscape. Thus far, AWS has not made a play to be a leader in hybrid cloud. But could that be part of a bigger strategy for the cloud computing giant?
Cloud computing has been around for a while now, but it remains a bit mysterious to many in the business world. I was thrilled to have the chance to help well-known tech journalist John Edwards break down some common misconceptions and assumptions in an article for CIO.com.
The amount of information in the world today is almost unfathomable, and it’s increasing at a blistering pace. Analysts estimate that 90 percent of data in existence was created only in the last two years. What’s more, research group IDC predicts that by 2025, the world will be creating 163 zettabytes (163 trillion gigabytes) of data every year.