It’s a question that’s always debateable. There are a wealth of cloud hosting services out there. The most popular cloud services aren’t always the best! We’ve heard some horror stories over the years, - even when firms have moved to some of the more well known cloud providers. Here are a few of the important things to consider.
When looking for a cloud hosting service, capability is of paramount importance. This is things like the ability to compute, the security and compliance offering, but it also covers scaling and user management. Some of the larger providers have more robust user management tools, but lack the DevOps enablement of the more refined offerings. It’s important to remember that the most prevalent platforms are usually geared for “all” and not “you” in most cases. When cloud capability is up for consideration the following is a good checklist:
- Compute ability
- User management
- Security and compliance
- Developer services
- DevOps enablement
- Management tools
- Enterprise integration
If the service you’re looking at scores highly in these areas, then you’re part of the way there to picking the right cloud platform.
Another big part of choosing the right cloud hosting platform is the customer experience. It’s all well and good having a platform that has all the bells and whistles, but how are you treated when using it? There are a number of cloud platforms out there that operate “off the shelf” and as such provide very little in the way of support. When you’ve got a business to keep running, it’s important to pick the right platform that provides you with the assistance you need not just starting up – but along the way too. The following is a good checklist to consider:
- Evaluation and contracting
- Pricing flexibility
- Integration and deployment
- Ease of deployment
- Service and support
- Timeliness of vendor response
- Quality of technical support
By this point you should have a good idea of the right cloud hosting platform. As mentioned, the biggest doesn’t always mean the best – some cloud platforms can be rather convoluted and provide a terrible customer experience.
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