Take This 5 Question Cloud Test Before You Go Live!

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Shawn Stewart

Shawn Stewart

Mr. Stewart has 25 years of experience with hundreds of international, commercial, military, and government IT projects. He holds certifications with ISC2, Cisco, Microsoft, CompTIA, ITIL, Novell, and others. He has a Masters in Cybersecurity, a Bachelors in IT, a Minor in Professional Writing, and is a published author.

Congratulations! You’ve decided to move into the Cloud. You are ready to enjoy the accessibility and redundancy of Cloud-based data, computing, email, telephone, or other services offered. But is your network ready? Here’s your study guide before taking the test!

Cloud Test Diagram

Redundant Internet Connections

Now that all of your data is attached to the Internet, your Internet connection is a single point of failure. Having a redundant Internet or MPLS connection from a different carrier to your Cloud provider ensures data accessibility.

Bonus – Backup is on a separate fiber path or uses a different physical medium (cable modem or wireless) to avoid a single point of failure.

Extra Credit – Why not multiple backups?

How Big Is Your Data Pipe?

Data Pipe


Bandwidth on a network switch is inexpensive, but do you know how much bandwidth you really have?

While many business Internet connections are available at Gigabit speeds, the price of increasing bandwidth must be included in your monthly Cloud costs. Odds are your current connection will suffer greatly when a majority of data must traverse it. Learn more about bandwidth!

Bonus – Your carrier offers no-cost bandwidth throttling.

Extra Credit – Do the additional Internet costs negate your Cloud savings?

Phone and Video Services 

Video and Conferencing Services

Use Enterprise-level network equipment when moving to the Cloud for voice and video. Systems require professional design and installation, but network configurations in most offices remain static afterward. Find a product that provides Power over Ethernet (PoE), Gigabit switching, and higher-level options such as Quality of Service (QoS).

Bonus – Your network equipment can grow with you.

Extra Credit – Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

Quality of Service (QoS) and Queues

Quality of Services

You have one pipe; use it wisely! QoS ensures your streaming services don’t eat up your bandwidth. By marking traffic, you can designate which data should always get through. A priority queue gives real-time traffic an express lane.

Bonus – Your network equipment rate limits or blocks bandwidth hogs.

Extra Credit – Should the backup Internet block non-critical traffic during an outage?

Is It Secure?


Security Lock

Did you know? Some providers pass plain text data across the open Internet or with inferior security protocols. Ensure your provider uses VPN, secure SSL, or a direct private connection before transferring data.

Bonus – You add Intrusion Prevention/Detection through a firewall or other device.

Extra Credit – Shouldn’t users now require two-factor security to access data outside the physical network?


Now that your network and Internet connections are the most important parts of your business continuity don’t skimp on the equipment, implementation, and support services that provide access and protection of your data.

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