Unless you’ve been living under a rock chances are you’ve heard about the “cloud”. There are many benefits that come from bringing your business into a hosted, cloud environment including increased security, improved IT support, and reduced infrastructure costs. But how do you choose a cloud provider that meets your needs?
Look for Experience and Reputation
The first step in choosing a cloud provider is to check out the company’s reputation and experience. Generally, if a business has been operating for a long time, it is a good sign that they’re doing something right (or else they wouldn’t still be in business!) NSA has been in business for over 20 years and even has many of the same clients we had from our first year in business.
What Kind of Customer Service Can You Expect From the Cloud Provider?
Some cloud providers will implement your solution and then take off. What you really want is a cloud provider that sticks around to provide ongoing support, including data backup and business continuity, and proactively monitors your network to find issues before they become major problems. NSA offers Enhanced Customer Support solutions for each of our clients to ensure your needs are met not only during implementation but on an ongoing basis.
Is the Cloud Solution Scalable to Your Changing Business Needs?
One of the greatest benefits of the cloud is having a solution that is flexible enough to grow as your business grows. For example, if you need more storage capacity, you want to be sure your cloud provider can accommodate you.
What About Downtime?
You can’t afford downtime. If your applications are inaccessible, you’re losing money. NSA’s hosting environment reduces downtime because if your hosted server goes down for any reason, it is set up to automatically transfer and run off another server.
How Will I Access My Company Information?
Once set up, you should be able to access your data from anywhere, at anytime, and from any device.
Want to learn more about NSA as a cloud provider? Contact us today!