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n this complimentary presentation, we've collected 50 tried-and-true methods from industry experts on everything from getting started to transitioning to the cloud. ...

n this complimentary presentation, we've collected 50 tried-and-true methods from industry experts on everything from getting started to transitioning to the cloud.





Learn 50 brilliant tips on cloud computing:

Advice on Getting Started
Tips on Setting Expectations
Questions to Ask a Potential Cloud Provider
Mitigating Cloud Risks
Transitioning Securely to The Cloud

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  • 1. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips
  • 2. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips Is your in-house IT system struggling to adapt to evolving conditions? If so, here are 50 quick tips to help you use cloud computing to eliminate the risks of major capital IT investments, work more securely, and scale up or down with business volume.
  • 3. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips “ “The first step to cloud success is determining whether it serves a business need. Click to tweet this quote.
  • 4. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips “ “ Click to tweet this quote. Clearly delineate the business problems you can resolve by moving to the cloud.
  • 5. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips Determine the legal or compliance constraints for data or externally hosted systems. “ “ Click to tweet this quote.
  • 6. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips “ “Click to tweet this quote. Outsource IT from “Day 1” - technology is changing too fast to keep up by yourself.
  • 7. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips Don't over-buy or get locked into a cloud contract. You can always buy more horsepower later. “ “ Click to tweet this quote.
  • 8. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips “ “ Click to tweet this quote. Survey end-users on what they need from cloud computing. All sorts of strategies will be revealed as a result.
  • 9. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips Build a holistic model for cloud computing based on what's redundant, what's inefficient and where there are gaps. “ “ Click to tweet this quote.
  • 10. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips “ “ Click to tweet this quote. When weighing the cloud vs. onsite, factor in the hidden costs of discussing IT issues, utilities and travel expenses.
  • 11. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips “ “ Click to tweet this quote. Sign it’s time for the cloud: You’re growing and can’t reliably predict resource requirements over the next few years.
  • 12. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips “ “ Click to tweet this quote. Sign it’s time for the cloud: Client expectations have increased and you need to exhibit higher client service levels.
  • 13. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips “ “ Click to tweet this quote. Sign it’s time for the cloud: You need to keep IT costs predictable. Cloud costs are relatively static.
  • 14. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips Sign it’s time for the cloud: Your employees work on disparate systems and use a wide variety of devices. “ “ Click to tweet this quote.
  • 15. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips “ “ Click to tweet this quote. Sign it’s time for the cloud: You’re putting too much effort into hardware maintenance and software upgrades.
  • 16. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips “ “ Click to tweet this quote. Setting cloud expectations: Personnel, data backup, disaster recovery and compliance costs need to be identified.
  • 17. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips Better service comes at a cost. Cloud costs may seem higher, but realize that you’ll no longer have to budget for upgrades and unforeseen IT issues. “ “ Click to tweet this quote.
  • 18. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips Define what moving to the cloud means. Hardware or software? A single vendor or multiple providers? “ “ Click to tweet this quote.
  • 19. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips Realize that the cloud doesn’t make IT experts irrelevant, it makes them more strategic. “ “Click to tweet this quote.
  • 20. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips Ask a potential cloud provider how user-friendly the solution is. Request a free trial or testing period to ensure a more seamless process. “ “ Click to tweet this quote.
  • 21. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips “ “ Click to tweet this quote. Ask a potential cloud provider to specify service levels. An availability guarantee doesn’t cover system performance or support resolution times.
  • 22. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips “ “ Click to tweet this quote. Ask a potential cloud provider about their encryption and access security, as well as the physical location of the data center.
  • 23. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips “ “ Click to tweet this quote. Ask a potential cloud provider about your control over your data. Ask to see their data retention policy.
  • 24. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips “ “ Click to tweet this quote. Ask a potential cloud provider where your data is stored. Some providers utilize offshore companies for actual storage.
  • 25. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips “ “ Click to tweet this quote. Ask a potential cloud provider about price flexibility. Can you add one seat, or do you have to buy groups of 5?
  • 26. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips “ “ Click to tweet this quote. Ask a potential cloud provider to help forecast costs. Some charge per usage, so set a cost structure you can work with.
  • 27. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips “ “ Click to tweet this quote. Ask a potential cloud provider what happens if their cloud goes down. Do they have a redundant cloud site?
  • 28. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips “ “ Click to tweet this quote. Ask a potential cloud provider about their recovery interval. How long will it take to restore data and resume operations?
  • 29. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips “ “Click to tweet this quote. Ask a potential cloud provider how quickly and easily it is to add/remove software or users.
  • 30. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips “ “ Click to tweet this quote. Ask a potential cloud provider if they’ve been breached or whether you’ll be notified when/if they are in the future.
  • 31. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips Know your cloud provider. Under the HiTech Act, violations can be imposed upon cloud providers if data is exposed. “ “ Click to tweet this quote.
  • 32. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips Security-sensitive organizations should not resort to public cloud email. “ “ Click to tweet this quote.
  • 33. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips “ “ Click to tweet this quote. Make sure that the cloud provider’s agreement recognizes your rights to control access to data.
  • 34. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips “ “ Click to tweet this quote. Determine what happens to your data if you sever the relationship or the cloud provider goes out-of-business.
  • 35. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips “ “ Click to tweet this quote. When working with a cloud provider develop exit clauses to mitigate the pain of vendor lock-in.
  • 36. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips “ “ Click to tweet this quote. Select a “private” cloud, rather than a “public” to reduce inadvertent or malicious access to your data.
  • 37. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips Be sure the cloud service agreement specifies service time parameter maximums and who is responsible for disruptions. “ “ Click to tweet this quote.
  • 38. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips Make sure your cloud provider can archive emails in an efficient and secure matter – without additional charges. “ “ Click to tweet this quote.
  • 39. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips Service Level Agreements should address how the cloud provider will protect your data and include a “Right to Audit”. “ “ Click to tweet this quote.
  • 40. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips Create provisions to get your data back when/if necessary. Predetermine what you can do with it once you get it back. “ “ Click to tweet this quote.
  • 41. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips If you choose a hybrid cloud remember that local data will still require backups and software compatibility. “ “ Click to tweet this quote.
  • 42. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips When moving to the cloud make sure to have adequate internet bandwidth and a contingency line. “ “ Click to tweet this quote.
  • 43. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips “ “ Click to tweet this quote. When moving to the cloud operate your current system in parallel for 2 weeks to reduce the probability of data loss.
  • 44. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips “ “ Click to tweet this quote. When moving to the cloud remember to migrate any historical data to the new system, if required.
  • 45. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips “ “ Click to tweet this quote. When moving to the cloud Give yourself ample time to plan out and test your migration.
  • 46. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips “ “ Click to tweet this quote. Know your cloud provider’s record with uptime and transition time, and get a guarantee with some financial teeth.
  • 47. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips “ “ Click to tweet this quote. Determine how you will control which users are allowed to do what in which cloud applications.
  • 48. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips “ “ Click to tweet this quote. Ask to test the cloud solution. Send a note to customer service; the promptness and helpfulness will tell you a lot.
  • 49. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips “ “ Click to tweet this quote. Ask: Are the applications you’ll move to the cloud sensitive to timing delays? Will you need to limit streaming video?
  • 50. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips “ “ Click to tweet this quote. Design a cloud implementation plan. How to manage change, training, etc. Ask the provider to assist with the plan.
  • 51. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips Make sure the most tech- illiterate can work in the cloud. Have end-users test speed and functionality before the transition. “ “ Click to tweet this quote.
  • 52. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips The best piece of advice that I was given regarding cloud computing is simply “get on board or get left behind.” “ “ Click to tweet this quote.
  • 53. © 2013 Xvand Technology Corporation | www.isutility.com | 832-204-4909 | ycagen@isutility.com DRAFT Share #50CloudComputingTips Looking for more cloud resources? • Pros & Cons of Cloud Computing: http://info.isutility.com/cloudcomputing_prosandcons • IT Cost Calculator: http://info.isutility.com/Cloudcomputingcalculator • 9 Steps to Choosing a Cloud Vendor: http://info.isutility.com/HoustonITOutsourcingGuide • Educational Webinar: 5 Steps to The Cloud: http://info.isutility.com/cloud-computing-webinar • 10-Step Disaster Preparedness Plan & Template: http://info.isutility.com/disasterpreparedness .