With the increased awareness around cloud solutions, most organisations immediately think about reducing cost and shortening time-to-market. As more ideas around cloud are discussed, other criteria like performance, security, compliance, workload segmentation, and how to integrate the cloud become more relevant to an existing environment. The profile of a global cloud footprint; however, is an equally important consideration.
It may be time to think about why having a standardised global cloud footprint matters. Here are ten good reasons why:
Data sovereignty, privacy laws and local regulations are real. Your business can be impacted if these regulations are not properly followed. Choosing a cloud provider with a strong global footprint not only gives you the ability to comply with local regulations in the countries where your organisation does business but provides the ability to manage your cloud footprint from a global level, which is more efficient and cost effective.
Keep your end users closer. Any organisation wants the right to choose where apps are delivered and where the data is stored. Whether it is about performance, latency issues, data privacy or data sharing; as more of the IT footprint is migrated into the cloud, it is critical to have a provider who offers the flexibility to decide where that footprint lives. These are decisions that should be based on the business, not dictated by your service provider.
Simplify with a single global contract. For many multinational businesses, completing contract negotiations in each country where a business is conducted can be a daunting task that may bring projects to a standstill. Finding the right cloud provider that delivers an overarching global contract allows your organisation to undergo this process one time which will save time and money for your organisation. In addition, having a larger global contract allows for more power and the ability to negotiate better pricing while standardising costs. This can help when rolling out customer facing products and applications in which there is the need to present simple chargeback or pricing options.
Standardize with a global SLA (Service Level Agreements). Getting a standard, global SLA (Service Level Agreement) provides the ability to offer that same SLA to end users. No two cloud providers ever offer the same SLAs, so being able to easily define that across the regions where your organisation does business can help improve...