What You Need to Know to Select the Right Cloud Provider

Today, over 85 percent of businesses run operations on the cloud, because it offers many benefits, such as better data retrieval, the ability to collaborate, and the option to utilize subscription-based expenditures. With several different cloud providers and cloud models available, selecting the right one for you can be tough. However, we're here to help you decide which cloud provider best fits your business. Let's begin by looking at the different cloud deployment models.  

CLOUD DEPLOYMENT MODELS 

Deciding whether to go with a private, public, hybrid, or multi-cloud deployment model depends entirely on your business.  

1. Private 

A private deployment model means that you are given control and responsibility of the cloud network. The infrastructure of the cloud is either with the vendor or on the premises of your company. 

2. Public 

Public cloud providers maintain their own cloud architecture—hardware, software, and infrastructure—while offering you their services over the internet. These providers can include Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. 

3. Hybrid 

This model is the most commonly deployed model of the four. It is a mix between either public or private deployment model with on-premise infrastructure. 

4. Multi-Cloud 

Often mixed up with the hybrid model, the multi-cloud model refers to using two or more types of any cloud deployment model mentioned above.  

SELECTING A CLOUD PROVIDER 

Now that you know the four different models, here are the five factors you should consider when choosing a cloud provider: 

Factor #1 - Objectives and Roadmaps 

Even if you have the world's best cloud provider, they'd be useless if they don't align with your goals and roadmaps. By analyzing all your different business processes, you'll be able to select the right provider that will fit your company. 

Factor #2 - Performance and Reliability 

Every organization, including you, does not want to face surprises., which is why you want a reliable and consistent cloud provider. When choosing a provider, verify their service level agreements from the previous year and know the actions they'll take during downtime. Also, make sure that your disaster recovery plan works with the provider and that all protocols are appropriately implemented. 

Factor #3 - Migration Support and Exit Plans 

Be sure to understand your migration needs and that your provider has the necessary services. Selecting the wrong provider can delay migration plans by months.  

At the same time, make sure that the selected cloud provider uses standard data formats. A custom-built web service might limit you in terms of choosing a new one. With that said, discuss, develop, and document an exit strategy with the provider in case you need to select a different vendor. 

Factor #4 - Data Security and Control 

In today's era, information security is critical. Not only should you choose providers that have security protocols in place, but that they support yours as well. Geography also places a role where location-specific regulations can affect your choice. Make sure the area where you store your data has a jurisdiction that fits your expectations. 

Factor #5 - Expertise and Experience 

As cloud migrations become more complicated, you must have an expert to assist you. Professionals can help guide you on the steps to take on the process of cloud migration. 

With the tips given, have the confidence in selecting the right cloud provider for your organization.  

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