A recent IT Web report identified five key issues companies should consider before embracing cloud technology - architecture, connectivity, security, risk management and government compliance.

Cloud computing can be a useful tool for many companies looking to reduce their expenses and maximize business productivity; however, similar to all business investments, organizations must assess their needs and evaluate vendor services before adopting the cloud.

In the report, a cloud computing expert advised companies to “look at their architecture from a top-down approach, whereby they don’t just focus on how the application will work with the intended users,” but also how “cloud computing demands an intricate interaction with the hardware.”

The expert recommended companies should start small with their cloud initiatives and maintain a high-level of flexibility before looking to expand. This way, companies can evaluate their initial use before spending on more services they may not need.

Although there are risks associated with cloud computing and compliance concerns, responsible and helpful cloud providers and integrators will present clients with a clear picture of what to expect, according to a recent Gartner report. The best vendors will not only have clear data transparency, but will offer users sufficient security for their data.ADNFCR-2553-ID-19906275-ADNFCR