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Five Tips for Choosing the Best Cloud Provider

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Diversify Your Paths

The Internet is a complex set of interactions and connections between many companies and millions of endpoints, and is in a constant state of change. On any typical Internet day, there are thousands of outages and unexpected redirects. Some of these are malicious and some are just mistakes, but in any case, these events can affect your Internet performance. Cloud providers are no less vulnerable to outages, attacks and mistakes than anyone else.

While the best cloud providers provide mitigations to protect against single points of failure, it really isn't enough to keep your business up and running at all times. Instead, use multiple points of presence to deliver information to each market. Each of these locations interface with the Internet differently -- diversifying your connections to your customers, and giving you an opportunity to protect yourself better than any single path could. A single route failure might be inconvenient, but with a variety of other ways to reach your customers, your business will continue operating effectively. 

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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