Doria says it’s also critical to learn about providers’ disaster recovery and business continuity plans, and understand what they really mean when they talk about uptime and availability, their service level agreements and the type of data centers they utilize.
“As a CIO, you have to make a conscious decision on whether you want to be in the data services business and create what the large players are doing, or focus your time and attention and scarce resources on what’s strategic to the business,’’ Doria says. To continue operating their own infrastructure would consume more time and resources than would be “reasonable” and would distract from tactical and strategic initiatives IT needs to do to advance the business, he says.
“The initial thought about moving to the cloud is its cost savings,’’ he says. “The reality is, it’s not cost that drove me to look at cloud, but the scalability and agility that comes with it, and the ability to take advantage of mature architecture that is ISO compliant, and that would satisfy my business continuity and security needs.”
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