Third-Party Applications and the Cloud

article by Deeann B. author
Many have made the switch from hosting their own data solutions on-site to backing everything up into the cloud – a network of internet-hosted servers that keep data close at hand regardless of physical proximity.

Some special considerations need to be taken when introducing a third party to your cloud ecosystem, whether you’re backing up applications that aren’t proprietary, using a management service for your data or another solution.

The Benefits of the Third-Party Cloud

Having another person or team manage the data in your cloud can be extremely beneficial. The most obvious advantage is that you or your business no longer needs to expend effort on the storage and maintenance of large amounts of data, and can instead focus on other important areas.

Teams of experts trained in data integrity and security look after your data at all hours of the day, saving you money and time. If you use services like ZipCloud, there is a group of technicians and support at your beck and call at any hour of the day.

If you’re using a third-party application either to manage your cloud hosted with a different company, or are planning to backup or migrate third party software into your cloud, your considerations require some extra thought.

Migrating Third-Party Apps

First, you should make sure that your license for the software you’re using allows cloud migration. Some companies do not allow their customers to put their product on unauthorized servers, and if you ignore their rules you could find yourself with a lawsuit on your hands. Check the fine print or call a representative.

Second, you must determine if the software you want to migrate works on the cloud. This is an easier item to figure out.  Simply contact a support agent at the software company and ask.

Third, does the cloud you want to migrate to offer on-site support at all hours? Migrating important business functions requires someone to be there to troubleshoot and ensure downtime as miniscule as possible. For every second you lose, you’re likely losing money as well.

Using Third Party Apps to Manage the Cloud

The gaps in service or lack of features even for giant cloud providers like Amazon or Google open up opportunities for an endless number of service providers who claim they can manage your cloud better.

Whether a website, application, or other type of interface, the most important thing to figure out is what cloud services it supports. If you’re a Dropbox user, you don’t want to be the person that signed up for a service that doesn’t support it. Check out Carbonite, which according to the company ‘just works’ with a wide range of systems.

While the easiest thing to do is to simply accept whatever features your cloud provider offers, sometimes it’s not enough. When you need third-party support or intervention, use the advice you just read and make sure to do your homework to determine an applications migration suitability before making a mistake.