As the demand for cloud solutions increases, technology companies are lining up to fill the requirements. The search for a competent, secure, and dependable cloud provider can become overwhelming. You want to ensure your data and network are protected and that you select a company who can provide the solutions you need without breaking your budget. Here are 5 things to consider when selecting a cloud provider.
- Expertise. Your cloud provider should be an expert in the cloud space. Consider a partner with a standardized approach to Cloud Products and Services. This standardized approach ensures that controls are in place that helps maximize your investment and uptime. Some accreditations to look for would be SOC2 and Cisco CMSP. Cloud vendors who have been assessed and authorized by governing bodies such as Cisco CMSP provide customers peace of mind that comes from knowing your cloud and managed services are delivered using industry-leading technology solutions.
- Cost. Cloud solutions can be a cost-effective solution, as you typically only pay for access to the services you need. Various “as a service” offerings from cloud providers allow you to pay for exactly what is required, giving you the flexibility to increase or decrease your resources to match the requirement.
- Reliability. When you’re outsourcing your network and data to the cloud, you are trusting your cloud provider to be able to deliver the capabilities and performance required to enhance your productivity. Cloud providers need to be able to manage the hosting environment and be able to scale services as an organization changes or during times of heavy traffic. Not all cloud equipment is created equal, so it’s a good idea to ask for details about the architecture. Look for high performance, enterprise equipment from major name brands like Cisco, NetApp, and Lenovo.
- Simplicity. Deployment of cloud-based applications and ongoing management is a prime benefit for organizations looking to move to the cloud. The cloud provider manages the hardware, tracks the warranties, and upgrades the equipment as needed, so you can focus on other operations initiatives for your business.
- Flexibility. Cloud solutions are not a “one size fits all” approach. The solution is not the same for every industry or business size. Your cloud provider should offer tailored solutions to best fit the needs of your business.
Choosing a cloud provider is never easy, but if you take these things into consideration, it should make the process much easier for you to decide who is the best fit for your business. For more information on our cloud services, contact us today.