In the Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity (DR/BCP) planning world we use the saying “It’s not IF something happens, it’s WHEN“. The same is now being said for whether credit union’s will become cloud adopters – it’s no longer a question on whether or not to invest in cloud technologies – it’s when and more importantly, HOW? Now that the decision of “go/no-go” is becoming clearer, credit union CIO’s are finding themselves challenged to take the first steps to effectively and securely deploy strategic cloud solutions. We’ve developed this checklist to help you determine your credit union cloud readiness!
1) Know Your Infrastructure – Before you even begin to make a move to the cloud, you need to make sure you have the right network infrastructure in place to support anticipated traffic. Optimizing your network can improve uptime, latency and Quality of Service (QoS) when done properly. So where do you begin?
- If you haven’t done so yet, document through detailed diagrams your entire infrastructure. I’m not talking about a high level visio diagram that shows just your core, a network connection and your firewall either. Now is the time to dig in and gain that intimate level of understanding of the physical and logical components. Use this information to identify single-points-of-failure, network bottlenecks and even vendor dependencies that are not aligned with your strategic goals. If you don’t have the capability to do this in-house, partner with someone who understands credit union technologies and compliance requirements to assist. This is where you want your budget dollars to go – infrastructure improvements.