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Choosing From a Slew of Cloud Providers

Choosing From a Slew of Cloud Providers

As many of those with executive jobs have begun making the transition to the cloud, they have had a bevy of decisions to make. From the best security procedures to implement to which sort of cloud to leverage, the choice often

As many of those with executive jobs have begun making the transition to the cloud, they have had a bevy of decisions to make. From the best security procedures to implement to which sort of cloud to leverage, the choice often comes down to what would most easily streamline business Corporate Finance IT leaders and provide for a fast migration.

However, choosing the correct cloud provider can often take some time. Many computing magnates have developed their own private and public cloud offerings. Leaders have to weigh the pros and cons of each to decide what service would best fit a company's computing needs.

Availability matters

Inc. Magazine explained there are various things to consider when deciding between cloud hosts, but one of the most important aspects is availability. If cloud services fail, that could provide a major problem for businesses, so leaders have to make sure if there is a glitch, providers will answer quickly and provide relief.

"From an availability perspective, it's important to understand if the service is deployed on an underlying infrastructure that is backed up with a meaningful service level agreement," general manager of cloud service Equinix Vince DiMemmo explained.

Pick a reputable host

Companies may see the best results if they deal with a provider that already has a stellar record in the industry. Fox Business said experts promote avoiding newer cloud hosts until they establish themselves in the field, even if rates are cheaper. The source recommended choosing a group that has seen success for at least two years for best results.

Many top brands are competing to be the best provider of cloud services. For example, Amazon and Google are now trying to gain top honors, as the latter recently released a new Infrastructure-as-a-Service offering. Microsoft, IBM and Amazon are counted among brands that have offered the cloud for years.

Location can influence regulations

Another factor that can influence a cloud decision is where the host is located, as well as where they store data. Because of data and privacy laws that vary nation-to-nation, some businesses have to worry about what types of information they produce, as well as the format.

The Patriot Act tends to come into conflict with foreign providers, explained the IDG News Service. As such, the source reported that many hosts are promoting their services to overseas groups as being more protective and stringent in privacy standards. However, it is notable that no matter the policy, American businesses are still subject to the law, so that must be considered when thinking about a foreign provider.

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