Cloud computing is here to stay, with many credit unions eitheractively adopting or at least considering cloud computing at leastin some form. One aspect of cloud computing that credit unionsconstantly underestimate is bandwidth connection. We have becomeaccustomed to LANs at 100Mbps and many of us even at 1Gbps forquite a while now. We connect to our servers at that high speed andthe data moves across our LAN almost instantaneously.

Now we are moving our servers to the cloud and we forget thatthis means we are connecting to them via our Internet link, whichis rarely fast, and almost never 100Mbps. So, one tip – whenyou move your servers to the cloud, consider how relevant accessspeed is for your users; if very relevant, keep the server in-houseuntil you can guarantee very high bandwidth internetconnection.

Another aspect of the same issue – continuity of service. Wemove to the cloud because this guarantees redundancy and continuityof service, but we forget to get a second Internet link for our ownLAN. So if our ISP connection goes out and we lose connectivity toour servers “in the cloud” – how is our productivity impacted? Either get a secondary ISP, or don't move to the cloud thoseservers that are fundamental for your users' productivity.

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