Migrate to the cloud is a strategic decision for any company. Before cloud migration, you need to think about the data security, data governance, data management, service provider reputation, availability, etc.
You can consider the following recommendations:
1. Clarify current and future needs for processes and applications. The flexibility of cloud services allows moving from a physical to virtual sizing. This means that it is no longer necessary to oversize the hardware based on future requirements. Operating systems and some software applications can also be used in a pay per use, instead of incurring high acquisition costs of licensing.
2. Define where is more suitable host applications and information: inside or outside the country? To make this decision must take into account issues such as latency (total time delays within a network), the language in which the supplier will provide technical support and compliance with requirements of the law, among others.
3. Analyze the guarantees offered by the provider regarding – information protection, backup services, physical backup of applications and data, accident contingency plans, access to information, response times for technical support and levels of same. On this last point, the ideal is that assistance is provided 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
4. Confirm the layers of security offered. It means to check the availability of firewalls, routers, data encryption, traffic information, accommodation information and backup data centers.
5. Consider the connectivity options that the operator makes available. Compare between access through public networks, virtual private network or private links. Assess how the provider charges for the use.
6. Check the offering of plans to ensure business continuity. Validate whether these are part of the service or have an additional cost. Evaluate service scopes and mechanisms to activate.
7. Check if the company requires equipment house owned within the operator’s infrastructure and integrate virtual infrastructure with the cloud. Colocation service is an option to consider. It is, therefore, important that the supplier guarantees both safety equipment, such as service availability.
8. Check if the service provider certifies Quality Certification: ISO 9001: 2008 for the design, implementation and delivery of Internet and data solutions; and ISO 27001: 2013 for managing information security.