Five Tips for Choosing the Best Cloud Provider

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Evaluate the Add-ons

Many cloud providers offer a variety of different features and additional services in their SLAs (service-level agreements), and the more add-ons the higher the price. Before getting sticker shock, IT managers need to spend some serious time evaluating the additional features that each provider includes, and seeing what can give them the most bang for their buck. For example, most major cloud providers offer an application performance management (APM) option. While APM tools provide great insight into internal performance improvements, they don't show a critical aspect of cloud performance, Internet monitoring and analysis. Evidence has shown that as much as 50 percent of cloud-performance issues are due to Internet behavior, so instead of strictly investing in APM, ask for an Internet performance management solution instead. It's a more complete tool that will pay off in significant improvements in the user experience of cloud services now and in the future.

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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