Tips to Understand the Cloud Computing Service to Choose

May 27th 2015 at 4:00 AM

As a cloud computing expert, there are numerous options to choose. The portfolio of services and companies offering them is increasing. Faced with so many choices, it becomes a difficult proposition to choose the right service provider. Many companies hire cloud experts and want them to build a cloud infrastructure from scratch. So how does a cloud expert zero in on the right service?

Which cloud service to choose?

The first step is to analyse the needs of the organization. If the requirement is storage of multimedia, there are several vendors offering the service. If the requirement is customer data analytics and website hosting, then a popular cloud service can fulfil this requirement. Nowadays companies are opting for more than data storage. They also want IT networking infrastructure. They want on-demand access to applications and virtual servers.

Understanding the pricing structure

One of the prized abilities of a cloud computing consultant is to understand the nature of pricing of services. This is often the missing link that companies want to fulfil through cloud consultants. Although the general clause is pay-per-use, there could be upfront costs. Not all services are as lucid as Amazon Web Services, Sales Force cloud or MS Azure. The pricing should allow the flexibility to add services in the future.

Clients may have to pay fees on an hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly or yearly basis. Prices could be as low as a dollar to several hundred dollars per month. Consultants prepare a charter as to how to utilize these services, frequency of usage, cost-to-benefits analysis etc.

Security of the cloud

When a company’s critical data goes on the cloud, it is the onus of the cloud consultant to analyse if the data is secure. It means that a due diligence is done on the security measures offered by all cloud service providers. The analysis is conclusive and presented before a panel. It is a management decision if they are comfortable with the cloud service provider’s approach towards securing their client’s digital assets. Or is there something better that the cloud computing consultant can suggest?

It is not just looking for firewalls, user authentication, cryptographic implementations, anti-virus detection mechanisms, steganographic analysis, channel intrusion etc. It is also about looking at the compression systems, structure of the cloud storage, retrieval mechanisms, and so on. All of this and more goes into realizing a cloud computing service as a feasible one.


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