16 Nov' 15

Guide To Choose the Right Cloud For Your Business

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According to Codero Hosting, a provider of energy-efficient hosting solutions, in 2015, 44 percent of companies have reportedly moved either infrastructure or applications from one public cloud to another, 25 percent moved from a public cloud into a private cloud and 24 percent moved from a public cloud back to an on-premise system. This large-scale adoption clearly shows that for a number of businesses, cloud computing is a better, more cost effective alternative to procuring traditional IT services.

But what is cloud?

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It refers to a wide spectrum of cloud services and delivery models:

For example, infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) provides companies with basic infrastructure to run operating systems and applications and to store data at an affordable cost.

Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) provides an environment upon which the customer can use to build and deploy cloud applications without any need for additional hardware investments.

Software-as-a-service (SaaS) allows users to access a range of applications that may reside in a variety of client devices such as web browsers or mobile phones via a network. The benefit of SaaS is that it makes a solution immediately available and let you address a specific business problem with no need for upfront investment.

However, with multiple cloud service options, it can be overwhelming to decide which solution will be a good fit for your company’s needs. Proceed slowly, by addressing a few questions.

To begin with, does your business require you to launch a basic website or does it require a plethora of mission critical applications? Do big data and analytics play a big significant part in your business? Does your business involve file transfer on a day to day basis? Is it a high-growth business, calling for rapid scaling, and flexible workloads?

Break down your questions into the following groups:

Figure out your needs

Make a realistic evaluation of your IT needs on the basis of three factors:

• Bandwidth demands
• Storage requirements
• Computing power for processing data

If you use bandwidth-hungry applications, require a lot of storage space to store your data and a fast and reliable network to support massive file transfer you may need a dedicated server.

Type of Software You Need To Run On Your Cloud Server

Does your site use PHP-based applications or.ASP or Windows-based ones? It is extremely important to select the right operating system (OS) in order to create the optimal environment for your application or site.

Type of Interface You Want

Ask yourself if you need the Classic Windows UI, SSH Terminal, or a web interface. You have to figure out which interface can help you best meet your requirements most efficiently. Now, choose a cloud service provider who can offer access and control to the kind of interface you need for your business.

Payment modes you want to opt for

Monthly and hourly – both options have their unique merits and demerits. While monthly plans offer overall price advantage to a large user group, hourly costs are suitable for businesses that have fluctuating usage needs instead of a consistent workload.

Level of Support You Need

If you are technically sound, opt for a self-managed cloud hosting service. But in case you’re not that savvy, rope in a provider that can help run the whole gamut of your IT infrastructure.

The cloud is empowering companies to decide how and when they consume data. Want to migrate to cloud? Our expert team can guide you select the right cloud for business. Contact us here.

Soma Bose

Project Manager

Soma is the Project Manager with Code{UR}Idea and we call her the 'tech-pro'. When not working she loves reading about new technical trends and writes about them.

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