Five Tips for Choosing the Best Cloud Provider

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Provision Through Multiple Cloud Providers

Since proximity doesn't equate to performance on the Internet, picking a single cloud hosting provider like AWS, or single CDN like Akamai, may not be the optimal solution. Companies need to understand where their customers are located and compare performance from different cloud locations and cloud providers. A single solution could work well in one market, but cause a website's load time to lag in others -- costing you millions of dollars in lost revenue (especially on e-commerce sites!). The solution to your performance needs may be either a single vendor using multiple locations or using multiple different vendors altogether. Granted, using multiple cloud vendors can be more difficult to support but the tradeoff of poor performance could mean a more costly loss of customers, revenue and reputation.

Earlier this year, a Goldman Sachs study projected that spending on cloud computing infrastructure and platforms will grow at a 30 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2013 through 2018. With that kind of market potential, companies are eager to get in on the action -- just look at Alibaba's recent announcement about its entrance into the cloud hosting market.

But as companies start hosting more of their critical operations in the cloud and more cloud hosting providers become available, an organization's decision about which provider to use becomes more complex. From evaluating pricing and storage capabilities, to weighing performance and security concerns, IT managers must consider a variety of factors that will influence their decisions.

What's more? One cloud provider isn't always enough. Based on the size and needs of a company, it could become necessary to use multiple cloud providers to improve performance and avoid unnecessary revenue loss. In this slideshow, Mike Kane, senior product marketing manager at Dyn, has identified five tips to help organizations choose the best cloud provider.


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