5 things you should consider before moving to the cloud

5 things you should consider before moving to the cloud

Ken Johnson, Head of Product Strategy

Ken Johnson, Head of Product Strategy

Cloud adoption and what you should know

According to Forbes, Cloud migration is the number one enterprise tech trend for 2017 and businesses are increasingly turning to the cloud for critical business IT usage. This is supported by research from Ovum showing as many as 80 percent of businesses will be cloud-dependent by 2019. That means 1.5 million UK firms will be moving to the cloud in the next two years.

5 things you should consider before moving to the cloud

1. The cloud is already main stream… but….

Chances are you’re moving to the cloud already? The real question you’re probably facing is not ‘cloud or no cloud’, it’s do you have the right connectivity to support this radical shift in service delivery. What is becoming more apparent is the cloud forcing a re-evaluation of current connectivity and infrastructures and powering new network investments.

2. Application performance is everything

Some of the most common tools associated with the cloud include digital storage and data back-up, both of which are incremental and don’t rely on constant connectivity to function.

With increasing usage of cloud-based, business critical applications such as voice, document sharing and collaboration tools, the experience is expected to be at least as reliable, high quality and fit for purpose as their previous system.

It is simply not acceptable if the application is slow or drops out in the middle of a conference call. As such, networks need to be able to handle peaks in usage and mission critical apps need their traffic prioritised. This can be achieved through multi-service segregation so that your business critical applications such as voice can be prioritised, whilst colleagues watching cat videos over lunch…. well not so much.

3. Security is vital

Data security is important for businesses, something we are continuously working on at TalkTalk Business. When it comes to the cloud, a private access cloud solution can provide peace of mind to go along with the benefits of using cloud services, but it can be expensive. We undertake a consultative approach to find the right blend of Public, Private and Hybrid network capabilities including our Cloud-ready boosts suitable for your business.

4. Keep it simple, please

One of the potentially confusing aspects of the cloud services marketplace is the sheer volume of solutions available. Of course, decisions are easier to make if there is appropriate business intelligence to support them.

One of TalkTalk Business’ significant investment projects will come to fruition over the coming months to help you enormously in this area. Enhanced network monitoring capabilities that will identify pain points, meaning we can support you to find the best resolution for your business.

5. Value

Bringing more data and voice services into the cloud can provide tangible benefits for your business, but there is also the balance to find between CapEx and OpEx solutions, private and public networks.

TalkTalk Business can provide your business with Cloud-ready connectivity. You get the assurance of a national provider with a core reliability of 99.995 per cent, as well as a provider that’s innovating connectivity services for the cloud. For example, we can provide multi-service segregation on our connectivity at no extra cost, so that you can prioritise the traffic for your critical applications.

 

Cloud-ready connectivity with TalkTalk Business

TalkTalk Business can provide your business with Cloud-ready connectivity. You get the assurance of a national provider with a core reliability of 99.995 per cent, as well as a provider that’s innovating connectivity services for the cloud. For example, we can provide multi-service segregation on our connectivity at no extra cost, so that you can prioritise the traffic for your critical applications. Discover more about our Cloud-ready connectivity such as Internet Access, Private Networks and Hybrid Networks or please get in touch for more information.

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