Cloud applications are becoming more popular and prominent than ever and they aren't going anywhere. Working in the cloud makes sense as it allows for greater efficiency and easier collaboration. But before you make any purchases it certainly pays to do some research. Take the time to clearly understand how much you're paying, what you're paying for and pay close attention to what each service guarantees, they might make a bigger difference than you think. We created this infographic to help guide you through the process, enjoy!
There will be $150 Billion in computing market by 2013
74% of companies in the world use some type of cloud service Cloud computing: The delivery of computing storage and applications as a service to end users. Software as a Service (SaaS): A model where software and associated data are centrally hosted on the cloud. SaaS applications are updated more frequently than traditional software.
Popular Business Cloud Apps:
Project Management Software
Billing and invoicing
Some of the Biggest Enterprise Cloud Companies Include:
What SaaS Buyers should consider:
– most common: a monthly or annual fee. Some SaaS vendors offer a freemium model – price tiers based on features, seats, applications, support options, frequency of payment periods, per transactions
2. Features and functionality
Compatibility with other systems
Ease of deployment and migration
3. Service Level Agreements
What is the applications availability?
Downtime per Year
Downtime per Week
Examine the SaaS provider
Number of releases per year
How safe will your data be?
75% of businesses re concerned about the security & reliability of cloud services.
54% of respondents citing security as their top concern in transitioning to the cloud.
Six ways to leave less to their word and more to the facts:
Physical data center security: what access controls and systems are in place?
Secure and Reliable Storage: is data encrypted during transfer and at rest?
Data Protection: is there any access permissions and protection at network and application layers?
Network Security: are being in breed firewalls and load balancers being used?
Application Security: what applications are being tested? Ask for penetration testing reports.
Policy and Compliance Measures: is your provider compliant with PCI, HIPAA, ISO 27001?
Neil is a Marketing Technologist working on the Content and Corporate teams at Veracode. He manages much of the Veracode web presence while also working on strategic interactive media projects. In his spare time you'll find him drinking the CrossFit kool-aid, getting overly competitive in a video game, or doting over his lovely wife and daughter.
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