You are a Microsoft house with Exchange and just moved to Office 365. So Azure should be your cloud option of choice.
If a IBM house with DB2, Cognos, Domino, and the venerable AS/400 (call you want you want IBM is a 400), well IBM Bluemix infrastructure of course.
Mixed environment well AWS, Centurylink or Skytap are solid options to put all of your IT service load on.
Just as you would either leverage your commitment to one vendor with a large enough dollar spend to get their attention. You would still have just enough of other vendors around to keep everyone on the proper edge for the best of your interests.
The problem for most SMB’s is they do not have that large spend to get and keep the attention of the Azure, AWS, IBM or frankly anyone outside of a regional player who might not offer the full continuity you should need.
Just as you did with your on-premise infrastructure which statistically is likely to be a mix of a storage, server, network and security vendors you should do the same with cloud.
But, instead of by segments of technology, think segments of the IT services to the business.
So, I would like to call it multiverse in my tip of the hat to Firefly. After all, they were not smugglers and thieves, they provide a service for difficult items to transport and security penetration tests for anywhere there was money.
Okay, but why now is the perfect time. Because you can do it with great visibility to cost and lots of options. Plus, the tools are available to manage it all and improve that visibility to IT, to finance and the rest of line of business.
We know that we should have a full proof disaster recovery and also a business continuity plan in place. You may have that in a nice binder, a red one I bet.
Do you do a FULL BLOWN test of it. Or do you execute a couple restores a month and run on the backup generator for half a day once a week?
I know my finance VP would never approve of me spending $10k once a year to rent equipment to do a full blown test. So that disaster recover is more hope vs plan.
And more of a business cross my fingers continuity.
TODAY you have the cost effective, highly traceable by line of business option of actually getting it done. How well would you, your CFO and CEO sleep at night if once a quarter you ran the full business for a week on the continuity solution.
If along with those facility fire drills several times a year (always in good weather though) you also have a disaster recovery drill that test your IT team, your vendors, the end users and finds holes in your plan to continuously update and improve it.
Any C-Level executive should understand the critical components of keeping their business processes and customer facing systems up and running. Furthermore, they should demand that solutions be fully in place to combat cyberattacks, in-house employee errors (have you read about the airline reservation system issues last month) and leverage those same costs to improve agility of systems for speed to market and competitive reaction.
You do not drive your car without a spare do you?
Bet you even pay monthly for the full replacement of your phone on your plan, right?
Why would you not have the same or better with your business?