Businesses of all shapes, sizes, and geographic locations are turning to cloud services. Cloud adoption continues to have measurable impacts, allowing companies to improve efficiency and productivity, lower operational and maintenance costs, and speed up time to market. Ready to choose a cloud service provider? Keep these 15 things in mind:
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- Certifications & Standards
Cloud service providers who follow a standard set of protocols offer better security, capability, reliability, and support to protect your data.
For consistent growth, performance, and security, choose a provider with tenure and a record of success.
- Technical Expertise
Your cloud service provider needs to enable smooth cloud performance, desired customizations, and ease of deployment.
- Technical Support
Check the level and choice of communication for any support issues. You need hassle-free, quick-response tech support.
It’s important to have a clear Service Level Agreement (SLA) that describes the contractual relationship between the customer and the cloud service provider.
- Migration Support
You don’t want to end up with contract constraints when you’re ready to migrate.
Make sure the cloud service measures up on performance, uptime, analytics, customer management, and reporting.
- Backup & Disaster Recovery
Check to see if the cost of backup and recovery is covered under the SLA, and read all terms and conditions.
- Application Architecture
Always consider application architecture which provides ease of integration, scalability, and efficiency.
Check the security infrastructure, process, encryption, and data governance policies.
It’s a good idea to consider the security policies and infrastructure of any cloud storage provider; this can vary based on the SLA and on your particular needs.
Cloud servers should provide on-demand services with dynamic scalability and consumption of resources.
Type of network, computing resources, storage amounts, separate workloads, and geographic locations all affect price.
An extra layer of cloud management provides easy monitoring and scalability, and avoids vendor lock-in.
- Cloud Automation
Cloud automation eliminates the manual processes of workload deployment, management and data backup.