After our most recent Trusted Tech Talks "Clash of Clouds" online event which covered information around cloud security, monitoring, and CI/CD tooling, it became apparent that choosing the right cloud provider reall depends on the business, and what their goals, resources, and skills are. But how do you decide which Cloud Vendor to commit to? Below is a list of key considerations businesses nee to acknowledge before making the decision.
Consider what security functions and tools are available from each provider, how easy they are to use, your skill level, and what access you have to external support. For this you need to balance the security capabilities of the cloud providers, with your own security capability in terms of your in-house security professionals, resources, and skill levels.
Naturally this is one of the most important factors for most businesses. Depending on your size and budget, this may determine which cloud providers you are able to engage with. It’s important to measure value and see what service level you receive for what cost.
You should choose a cloud platform that will help you meet compliance standards for your industry and organisation. Businesses within certain sectors will have to comply with more rules than others.
Consider how complimentary the cloud provider will be with your current workflow. For example, if you’re already a heavy user of Microsoft products, it may be easier and cheaper to integrate Microsoft Azure.
Research what is included in the package and what you have to pay extra for. It’s important to know what support is available to you and what the limits of the agreement are. Some businesses (e.g. smaller businesses) will need a higher level of external support, whilst larger businesses might need a wider range of tools.
Assess how easy the platform is to manage for your current cloud team size and skill level? You need to determine how extensive the tooling should be, and also how complex/simple the manageability needs to be.
Regardless of the platform, problems arise from time to time, and it is important to know you will be able to get in touch with someone to get issues resolved quickly to minimise disruption to the business.
This is just a brief overview of considerations that businesses need to acknowledge when choosing the right cloud provider for them. For more insights into what tools Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS) provide for monitoring, security, CI/CD pipelining, and more, request the free whitepaper “Cloud Monitoring, Security, and CI/CD Tooling” today, or watch the full replay of my recent Trusted Tech Talks “Clash of Clouds” now.
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