Cloud assessments made easy

The cloud service platform, in recent times, has become a buzzword in the wake of its capabilities like rapid scalability, upfront cost reduction, and 24/7 availability. As more and more organizations externalize their IT systems on the cloud platform, it is critical, for their long-term success to choose the right cloud service provider. The cloud service infrastructure landscape is inundated with vendors offering bespoke services and while the trend towards cloud services shows no sign of stopping, it’s important for the organizations to weigh the pros and cons of the cloud infrastructure in relation with their business processes and requirements to further the success in choosing the right platform.
The early adopters of the cloud infrastructure(IaaS) have rung a warning bell to the notion of “low cost, more effective” ideology pertaining to Cloud adoption. The advice is simple: look at a bigger picture and don’t neglect the small yet essential differences between the myriad cloud services provider, ranging from security standards to reliability and performance.
Buzzclan, with their highly skilled and certified workforce, assist in formulating a cloud service adoption roadmap, based on your technical, service, security and data governance requirements. For Instance, the following are few of the many best practices and standards for the cloud which could act as a differentiator when it comes to choosing a provider.
• OCC: Open cloud consortium
• Cloud standards customer council
As cost is probably the most mootable point when it comes to choosing a new business model, AWS pay as you go pricing model scores above its competitors for short-term computing needs. Microsoft Azure, on the other hand, focuses on hybrid cloud computing through its Azure stack which is an on-premise version of the Azure public cloud and can be run on hyper-converged infrastructure in customers data centers. The other points which can deliver value and lend credence to adopting their cloud service are the contract agreements and SLA’s. For example, Microsoft Azure, offer discounted use of IaaS virtual machines and storage as a part of an agreement when the customer migrates to the office 365 SaaS platform. Google Cloud platform, on the other hand, doesn’t have an enterprise agreement but provides price breaks on sustained usage, based on the idea, more usage leads to lower unit of cost. When it comes to network differentiation Oracles IaaS platform provides low-latency, high bandwidth interoperability between multiple domains, encrypted over a fiber. Amazon offers Virtual private network which allows users to create an isolated network on the cloud and enable them to maintain subnets, gateways and private IP address range. Microsoft Azure does the same with its Virtual network capability.
The other important differentiator is the storage functionality of the cloud service provider. AWS has a temporary storage for an instance which is destroyed when it’s terminated. It provides block storage which can be separate or attached to an instance. Its S3 object storage feature and Glacier data archiving feature are among the most sought after by the adopters of cloud service. Azure apart from data archiving and object storage through block blobs also offers site recovery and Azure backup for additional archiving and recovery options.
As can be seen, there is no right or wrong when it comes to choosing the right cloud service platform. It all comes down to the business needs and requirements. It’s always advisable to take some time to assess the prospective service providers and recognize their pros and cons and how well they fit into your future goals and IT and business strategy.

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