What are the key considerations for choosing a public cloud provider? Public cloud vendors have seen tremendous growth over the past decade. Rather than just providing computing or storage capabilities over the Internet, public cloud vendors now offer comprehensive technology suites delivered through the cloud. More businesses are moving to the cloud every day, so choosing the right public cloud provider is essential for your business.
When determining the right public cloud provider for your enterprise, you need to know the key considerations to keep in mind during the selection process. How do you determine which public cloud provider is right for you? What does your company need to know when looking at public cloud vendors? Below, we listed five key considerations for choosing a public cloud provider!
After choosing a public cloud provider, you might want to consider a managed service provider to help you make the transition easier. Our MSP Buyer’s Guide contains profiles on the top cloud managed service providers for AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud, as well as questions you should ask vendors and yourself before buying. We also offer an MSP Vendor Map that outlines those vendors in a Venn diagram to make it easy for you to select potential providers.
Public cloud providers offer a wide spectrum of services through their platform, with high-end vendors maintaining over 100 distinct services. At their core, most public cloud providers will offer computing, storage, security, and database services, but many also provide several niche cloud services that accomplish specific tasks. Depending on your company’s needs, you’ll want specific services in your cloud deployment; public cloud providers allow you to pick and choose which services your business wants to use, letting you create the best cloud environment for your infrastructure.
Ease of use
If a piece of technology isn’t easy enough to use, it will cause huge problems for your company and its employees. Your company needs to be able to get comfortable with the cloud portal interface as well as the layout of your cloud deployment. Without a solid user experience, your employees will grow frustrated with your enterprise’s cloud solutions or make a mistake in its cloud operations.
One of the benefits of the public cloud is that your company only pays for the services and resources it uses. Rather than being presented with a flat fee, cloud providers operate on a pay-as-you-use pricing model. Different services will cost more per resource usage, however, so you’ll want to know upfront how much using a particular service or service bundle will cost.
Estimated time to migrate
You can’t migrate your business data and resources onto the cloud overnight. It will take some time for your company to fully transition to the cloud; your company will need to assess how long it will take to bring your data to the new environment and get your employees up to speed. You’ll also want to determine any potential cloud migration obstacles that your company is likely to face as you move onto the cloud.
Hybrid cloud and/or multicloud capabilities
More and more companies are choosing a hybrid cloud and/or multicloud approach to their cloud deployment. If your business wants to implement other cloud environments in addition to the public cloud, it needs to know what support their public cloud provider has for hybrid and multicloud. Some public cloud vendors have specific integrations with other cloud environments, but others will work almost exclusively with their own services.
Looking for more info on managed service providers for your cloud solutions? Our MSP Buyer’s Guide contains profiles on the top cloud managed service providers for AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud, as well as questions you should ask vendors and yourself before buying. We also offer an MSP Vendor Map that outlines those vendors in a Venn diagram to make it easy for you to select potential providers.
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