7 Tips For Choosing The Best Cloud Provider

One of the major advantages of using the cloud is, the freedom you get at implementation and the prices. It offers you the scalability and pay-as-you-go pricing. Even before you decide on one from many cloud computing service providers present in the market, you’ll have to do a lot of research.  Here are some tips you can use to find the one that’s most suitable.

One Or Many Providers

The market is replete with many vendors, each offering many benefits. While implementing, an organization may choose to try few of them, placing certain workload on each of them. But most of the enterprises that have taken this route have only discovered that it creates more problems than it solves. Your IT team may be at its feet while negotiating multiple environments from multiple dashboards, differing pricing schemes, and performance parameters and not to mention SLAs. The back-up and recovery are also very difficult in the multi -vendor environment. The multi-vendor environments make it even harder to apply the security profiles consistently across the workloads. If you were to finalize one vendor it is better to go with the one whose portfolio is flexible and who can handle various kinds of workloads.

Interoperability

If you want to maximize the value of the cloud service, you should select a service provider that allows the workloads to span across the various environments. It is also known as the hybrid cloud. For instance, you may be able to place the application in one environment while the associated database in the other on-premise cloud.  In the same way, any workload in a private cloud environment may be allowed to burst into an on-demand public cloud during unexpected traffic peaks. For maximum interoperability, it is better to go with the provider that offers a common infrastructure platform for the public and the private clouds. It may include your on-premise private cloud as well. 

Flexibility

The cloud provider must offer a menu or a range of options for performance, security that enables the enterprise to select and pay for the settings it requires the most.

Service Level Agreements

Going through the finer details is imperative. You must ask many questions about the SLAs. There are numerous instances present in which cloud outage disrupted the business, and the clients were shocked to know that it was a part of their SLA. So you must carefully read the SLA and clarify from your vendor what the limitations are. The objective is that you get the best terms for your business. 

Security

It is one of the major concerns as you trust your information assets to a third-party provider. To ensure the security, the cloud provider must take it as a priority. Go with the cloud computing service provider that builds its cloud architecture for highest protection. It includes the measures to isolate enterprise workloads on the physical servers, freedom from Internet-borne attacks, etc.

Experience

Although the cloud is relatively new technology, the problems it solves are old.  It is always better to go with a cloud provider that has a track record in managing enterprise data centers, provide the secure hosting and delivering mission-critical applications. 

Technical Expertise

Although the clouds are primarily DIY, ensure that your cloud computing service provider offers many levels of customer service with expert technicians to take care of the issues.

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In the end, find the service provider that meets your requirement in the best possible way.


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