Basic Factors To Consider When Selecting a Public Cloud Provider

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One of the bigger debates in the IT world the previous five years has been about whether to go public or private cloud. The latest cloud industry discussion is around “multi-cloud.

Hardware cost savings 

The first, and perhaps most obvious area an organization should be looking at when weighing cloud options is potential infrastructure cost savings. Unpacking and measuring your organization’s infrastructure costs is essential to determining the right cloud solution to suit your needs.

IT productivity 

The cloud’s potential to improve productivity. Think closely about which cloud option is best suited for you to save your time and effort.

Try and measure all of the time and effort that traditionally went into server budgeting, planning, negotiating and purchasing. Tasks such as longer-term capacity planning can be automated, as can the installation, upgrading, and removing of software. With the public cloud, IT no longer has to deal with hardware repair or failure. Consider the costs of security updates and patching. Security doesn’t go away with your strategic cloud provider, as you still need to manage security “in” the cloud, but your provider will provide security “of” the cloud.

Time is money—if IT isn’t having to focus on all of these issues, it frees them up to work on more value-added projects for your organization closer to the business units and end customers. 

Up-time 

Another factor to consider is the uptime or operational resiliency a public cloud option can provide. The cloud can provide many benefits in terms of reliability, scalability, and security, and can save big in terms of the costs associated with outages and downtime.

Here are some of those costs of downtime:

  • Third party contractors and consultants brought in to deal with an outage.
  • New equipment purchases and maintenance.
  • Lost time and costs associated with incident detection, investigation, and recovery.
  • Hits to both end-user and IT productivity.
  • Revenue loss due to business disruption (including damage to an organization’s reputation).

 Flexibility and agility 

The winners and losers in business are no longer just defined by size as they were in the ’80s and ’90s, but their ability to move to where the revenue and customer is going. It’s not your imagination- change is increasing at a rapidly increasing pace, and only those with the ability to shift directions and speeds will win.

There’s a lot of different metrics one can monitor to get a handle on their “business agility and flexibility,” and many of them have the potential for improvement with a public cloud. These include, but are by no means limited to: READ MORE

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