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4 Tips for Choosing a Cloud Services Provider

Cloud services is one of the fastest growing sectors in the business technology landscape today. Accounting firms, law firms, professional services organizations – small and mediums sized businesses in every shape, scope and market – are turning to Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) for Cloud Server Instance, Cloud Backup, Cloud based Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery, and a variety of other business IT services powered by this innovative technology

With that said, your CSP should be an IT steward, facilitator and Sherpa all rolled into one – a provider of IT services designed to help a business operate more efficiently and sustain predictable business operations at all times.

Your CSP gives you access to remote Help Desk support, restores backups monthly to ensure coverage, tests failovers annually to ensure your business IT can thrive under any threat and optimizes your virtual servers consumption reducing cost and improving performance – all focused on keeping your data safe, secure and accessible 24/7.

However, choosing the right Cloud Services provider for your business may not be so … predictable.

Here are 4 things to keep in mind when choosing a cloud services provider:

  1. The right CSP will ask the right questions – about you, your goals and your business.
    They will want to know if you require specific resources from your cloud provider. They will want to find out if you need certain characteristics and specifications to run your workload. They will want to know all about your data and your requirements for moving your data. The right CSP will be filled with questions – for you!
  1. Select a CSP that offers a Virtual CIO expert.
    Corporate IT strategy, quarterly technology performance reviews, budget planning and business impact analysis – all are components of Virtual CIO options available by leading CSPs.
  1. The Right CSP will sport a great track record!
    It’s important to make sure that the CSP you hire has an IT services pedigree with a track record of solid client retention and professional, knowledgeable consultants – experts who understand what it takes to keep your business up and running within the borders of a predictable IT spend model and utilizing modern cloud IT infrastructure.
  1. The Right CSP will understand your industry!
    A knowledgeable CSP will make recommendations for improvements beyond your hardware and software. They should provide insight for improved workflow, training, and software systems. The right CSP for your business will be the CSP with the greatest understanding of your business and industry.

If you are choosing a cloud service provider, look to Nortec Communications. Nortec supports Business IT Anywhere!  Nortec’s solutions are both cloud based and on-premise in the areas of Unified Communications, Messaging, Office Productivity, Systems Management, Storage, Security and Virtualization. Committed to earning the trust of our clients by delivering excellence in an ongoing manner. Nortec is the winner of several prestigious vendor awards from companies such as Microsoft and ShoreTel. For more information on how Nortec can revolutionize your IT experience, call us at 866-531-1990.