A dedicated IT team can help a small business scale and grow quickly, but it's not a luxury all SMBs can afford. But the ever-present threat of a computer crash or other data disasters mean that businesses can't afford not to invest in some kind of IT solution. For many, this means outsourcing at least a portion of IT infrastructure to cloud and other third-party vendors.
Selecting a reliable cloud provider can be complicated, even for the most tech-savvy buyer. For starters, keep it simple. “Complexity in any mechanism — not just in IT — means too many components working together with a lot of potential tension or incompatibility,” says Sam Roguine, engineering director at Acronis. Here are four basic guidelines to keep in mind when choosing a cloud solution: