Are you planning for a cloud computing environment for your application? This may help you…

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“Cloud Computing”, the latest buzzword in IT services that has made key decision makers to think about adopting cloud computing services for their organizational needs. Are you one of them? If yes, then we can help you in finding whether your decision for moving to cloud is worthy of the efforts and cost involved or not.

While deciding to adopt cloud computing, two main factors to consider are: Selecting the right application to be put on cloud and selecting the right vendor.

First of all, not all applications are suitable for cloud computing environment. Generally it’s not a good idea to put applications of below nature over cloud:

• Mission critical applications like ERP & MIS that are used by more than 80% workforce in organization
• Real-time application with huge uptime requirements
• Business critical & highly secure data centric applications like applications for banking & financial sector

While some of the situations where adopting cloud computing services become a boon for your business can be put together as:

• Smaller or rapidly growing or cash-strapped businesses that require dynamic compute capabilities
• For making IT infrastructure available on-demand without any management headaches
• Lack of people internally to upgrade and maintain the software
• You like to avoid infrastructure, hardware and maintenance cost for hosting application that isn’t high performance; data access in/out is minimal; and, loss of access to isn’t critical like e-mailing application or CRM
• When you need on-demand infrastructure availability on a 24/7 basis

Now, the major factors driving the selection of right vendor includes:

• Pricing & total cost over the retention period of the data
• Information security & data protection levels provided by vendor
• Performance and latency criteria like application response time, transactions per second, and monthly downtime
• Data auditing & backup policies offered by the service provider
• Scalability of resources provided by vendor
• The vendor contract should involve a clause for service credits if the SLA isn’t met
• Financial stability and reliability for the service provider
• Existing customer base
• The level of O&M and help desk provided by the cloud vendor

If you are still confused about whether cloud computing is the right choice for you, we at Rightway are here to serve you and help you in finding the right solution for you. We will listen to your requirements and analyze all aspects of opting for a cloud computing environment for your application before arriving at the right solution for you. So come and take advantage of our cloud computing consultancy & service.

Posted by : Nidhi Agrawal Date : October 15, 2010

Nidhi Agrawal is Director of Engineering at Rightway Solution and Head of Design'N'Buy Web-to-Print Products.

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