With more and more businesses embracing cloud computing to improve efficiency, picking the right cloud provider is an important decision to make. The cloud provider you choose needs to meet the specific needs of your business, as well as your overall business objectives. In this blog we will delve into the key steps you need to consider in order to make a well-informed decision.
Assessing The Needs of Your Business
Before even thinking about which cloud provider you should go with, it is important to go back to basics and think about what your business needs. Listing out your specific requirements will help you find a provider that aligns with your business. Here are a few things to consider:
- Scalability – are you looking to rapidly grow your business? Or are you more of a seasonal business that has fluctuations? You need a cloud provider who can handle either of these situations.
- Security – safeguarding sensitive data within your organisation should be a high priority. Take the time to look into the security measures each cloud provider offers to ensure they are meeting your industry’s compliance standards.
- Cost-effectiveness – budget considerations play a huge role in decision-making. Spend time analysing pricing models including upfront and ongoing costs, ensuring you get the most out of your investment.
Researching Cloud Providers
When it comes to looking in-depth at cloud providers, there are a few key things you should analyse:
You should always check whether the cloud providers have a positive track record of uptime and reliability. Downtime in any business can end up being expensive, you should choose a company that you can depend on.
Each provider will have different network speeds, processing power and storage capacity. The cloud provider you choose should be able to handle your workload requirements.
- Support & Service Level Agreements (SLAs)
Customer support is really important when you commit to a service provider, so have a look into the SLAs offered by each provider. Guaranteed response times are vital, ensuring any issues are resolved promptly and proactively.
It is essential to see how compatible each cloud provider’s infrastructure is with your internal systems, for a seamless integration. Otherwise you could end up spending excess budget trying to migrate two systems together.
- Data Management
Backup and recovery options are always important to consider, should the worst happen. Look into the data management capabilities of each cloud provider – including data storage locations and data transfer policies. Not only should your data be safe and secure, it should also be easily accessible and compliant with the latest regulations.
The Top Cloud Providers
There are a huge number of options when it comes to cloud providers, but the three leaders are as follows:
1. Microsoft Azure
One of the main things that sets Azure apart from the rest is the vast array of services Microsoft offers, and an extensive network of worldwide data centres. The hybrid cloud solution means that not only does it integrate with Microsoft products seamlessly, Azure works in a way that data can be shared easily between an on-premise datacentre and a public cloud.
2. Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Amazon Web Services caters to businesses of all sizes, and in all industries. With a robust infrastructure and global presence, they provide a range of services including computing, storage, machine learning and analytics.
3. Google Cloud Platform (GCP)
With Google’s expertise in machine learning, the GCP provides a wide range of cloud services. Their data analytics capabilities allows for more informed decision-making from the data that is stored within GCP.
So there you have it, all the knowledge and information you need to make an informed decision when it comes to cloud providers. The best thing you can do is put together a side-by-side comparison, and speak to some experts in the field too. Here at Reality Solutions, we are experts at Azure migration and ongoing support, so contact us to find out more.
*This article contains general information in order to assist all of our customers and is meant for guidance only – there are no guarantees that the information we provide will be suitable for your particular needs. If you require specific assistance, we recommend that you seek professional guidance on your individual circumstances. Reality Solutions are in no way responsible for any loss or damage arising from any information contained within our articles.
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