What You Should Know Before Choosing a Cloud Provider

We kicked off our cloud series with a brief introduction to the different cloud solution providers. Now we’d like to walk you through some additional considerations you need to take into account when choosing a provider. 

First, you must answer two questions:

  • How much data do I need to migrate?

  • How cost effective is it to push the data into a cloud provider?

After you’ve come up with an idea of migration size and cost, we recommend assessing the following:

  • Subscription payments or fixed yearly rate?

  • Location. Are you within the coverage range of the provider?

  • What is the intended ROI?

  • Do you have the necessary resources needed to successfully run and execute the migration?

Still not sure where to start? Or the benefits of choosing a cloud based solution? We’ve outlined the following use-case to help guide your process. 

A medium-sized business is looking at considerable growth from their newly created business app; this app allows for small and medium-sized businesses to find the best resources for growing their business.

This business primarily uses Microsoft Windows with some Linux machines. All data storage is  on-premise with different locations serving as data centers. These data centers are not near the company’s headquarters. 

For this business, the obvious option could be Microsoft Azure, because they would simply need to do a lift and shift to move their current online infrastructure. Then they would eventually transition their services application infrastructure to the cloud.

The company would be able to leverage tools such as Office365, SharePoint Online, or Intune for the current business processes. 

These considerations lead the business to a fast return of investment, a significant cost reduction, and the tools to connect all their offices regardless of location. 

Stay tuned for our next article in this series where we’ll take a deeper dive into each Cloud Provider to give additional insight into each one.