Five Critical Factors to Consider When Choosing a Cloud Service Provider

Five Critical Factors to Consider When Choosing a Cloud Service

Cloud service providers can assist IT professionals in laying the groundwork for success, such as increasing deployment speed and assuring future flexibility. However, the landscape is intricate.

Businesses are increasingly relying on cloud services that support infrastructure (servers, networking, storage, databases), software, or services in order to boost flexibility, scalability, performance, innovation, and cost savings.

Businesses have been forced to become more flexible and adaptable as a result of growing market pressure from competition and customer demand. Simultaneously, cloud platforms have aided in the advancement of innovation and the reduction of costs. Let’s look at some of the most common reasons businesses use cloud services.

Pricing

Do the variable consumption model and the expense of core services satisfy enterprises? Is there any restriction on how cloud services may be utilized by cloud providers? Is it possible for corporations to buy by the hour? Is it possible for businesses to pay for the month in advance? What price models are available, and do they match the workloads? These are some questions to think about.

Service dependencies and subcontractors

It’s also crucial to identify any service dependencies and partnerships that may be involved in the delivery of cloud services. SaaS companies, for example, frequently develop their services on top of existing IaaS platforms, thus it’s important to know how and where the service is provided.

In certain circumstances, supplying a cloud service may include a complicated network of interconnected components and subcontractors. It’s critical that the provider exposes these relationships and can back up the major SLAs specified throughout the whole service, even components that are not directly under its control. Companies should also look at the liability constraints and service interruption policies associated with these subcomponents.

The Code of Practice demands that service dependencies and their consequences for SLAs, accountability, and responsibility be clarified explicitly.

Architecture

Organizations need to consider how the architecture will be integrated into their processes today and in the future when selecting a cloud provider. Additionally, while making a selection, enterprises may wish to examine cloud storage architectures. The three major suppliers have comparable designs and provide many types of storage to meet diverse demands when it comes to storage, but they all have distinct forms of archive storage. Businesses will want to know the subtle variations between them if this is significant to them. Each service provides choices for regularly storing and accessing data vs. seldom obtaining data (hot vs. cool storage). Cool storage is usually less costly, but it comes with a myriad of restrictions.

Also Read: Three Factors That Help Cost Optimise Cloud Services

Backup

Data backup is available from almost every service provider. However, the extent to which and how quickly data is backed up is crucial in assisting organizations in selecting a cloud service provider. There’s no purpose in choosing a backup service that doesn’t back up the data at least once a day.

The majority of the major service providers give a 45-day backup. They should also have the option of customizing the duration of the request. Furthermore, organizations should inquire about the security of the backup procedure as well as how to recover it if necessary.

High availability

Many businesses now provide services to clients and important stakeholders all around the world. Is it possible for enterprises to easily migrate and/or provide workloads across many regions from a single location? Businesses must verify that their worldwide requirements are met and that the cloud provider provides coverage in those areas.

Other factors to consider include how the cloud will be accessible and what support services are available, as well as whether the cloud will be able to expand with the company. These need to be modified depending on the business requirements and workloads that must be met in order to operate properly.

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Umme Sutarwala is a Global News Correspondent with OnDot Media. She is a media graduate with 2+ years of experience in content creation and management. Previously, she has worked with MNCs in the E-commerce and Finance domain