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How to Choose the Best Cloud Provider

Best Cloud Provider

Your business is growing, and so are your internal operations, and your capacity to handle your infrastructure is becoming limited. Thankfully, you now have access to so many tech-based solutions that allow you to overcome these growing pains by transferring your business data and your IT infrastructure onto the cloud. Now, since there are many different cloud services out there, and providers offer various scalability opportunities, making the right choice can mean the difference between getting stuck in a contract your business will suffer from, or finding a long-term partner.

The cloud has been around for a while now, and while you may think that pretty much any solution will do, you should definitely look into a range of key factors that can impact your decision as well as your budget. Making the right choice can help you cut costs, improve productivity, and above all, increase the safety of all of your processes. Here are a few vital considerations to help you make the right decision.

Security needs

You’ll hear some naysayers that the cloud isn’t the ideal solution, especially when talking about public cloud providers, due to limited security measures in place. However, just like all other technology, the cloud is advancing fast in its inherent security capabilities, and even though private cloud providers remain the more secure option by and large, modern-day cloud providers invest heavily in their security measures even on public clouds, otherwise they risk losing hundreds of trusting clients. 

Thanks to greater business transparency most companies practice today, you can look into security features available for the cloud providers you’re interested in, and then see precisely what kind of precautions they are taking to keep your data and your communication channels secure. 

Flexibility and scalability measures

You’ve decided to move to the cloud precisely because your business is growing, and hopefully, you’ll be looking at more growth in the near future, as well. However, the cloud is meant to help and enable growth, not stifle it, which is another key prerequisite to look into while searching for your ideal solution, because scalability is as important as all other factors for business growth. If you’re expecting rapid business development in the next year or so, a more advanced solution should be on the table. 

For greatest flexibility, enterprise-level private cloud providers relying on hyper-converged infrastructure (or HCI for short) empower businesses to grow seamlessly and evolve without constraints and complications. Compared to typical cloud structures, HCI is actually far simpler in nature, and it still has enabled businesses to run core applications without causing delays or performance issues. In fact, it has become the most reliable option available, especially for its high levels of flexibility and growth potential. 

💡Facts Time
Global cloud service revenue from storage services is about 4 billion in U.S. dollars.

Budget restrictions

In order to grow your business, you already know that you need to invest a certain amount of money into a wide range of services. Cloud providers have several tiers of their services, making them widely available for different business requirements, so you can cross-reference your needs with your budget and then find the best available solution. Bear in mind that you can pick different retainers. For example, your fee can be calculated based on expected use, whereas some providers allow you to reserve your instances based on your assessments and pay upfront. 

Pricing models vary, but so will your use of the cloud, likely, so make sure that you research your options well before you lock yourself into a contract that might deplete your funds sooner than you anticipate. Of course, you can always consider talking to their existing clients and see how their models work for other businesses before you settle for a solution. 

Levels of support 

How complex is your infrastructure and how complicated are the integrations that you’ll use on the cloud? Will your employees be able to make the transition in a seamless way, or will they need some training time to figure out the ins and outs of your new system? In this process, what kind of support will your cloud provider be willing to give you, and to what extent can you rely on their assistance?

Such questions may seem far-fetched for savvy tech experts who have already had their fair share of cloud experience, but make sure that all of your employees who will be using that same platform know how to operate its key features. That said, a certain level of support should be included in your package, so look into your options and the support levels you can get within your budget. 

Cloud service providers are the norm today, hence so many opportunities to choose your best match. Go over these criteria before you select your partner because you should evaluate all of these factors to ensure that this transition makes business sense and that your investment will not cause you more harm than good. Use this guide to your advantage, and make the most of your cloud service for the future of your brand.

Duncan Adams is a technology writer, and previously a software developer. I've worked as a software developer for Toptal, now based in the UK as a contractor. Geek in Social Media and hate math :D