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5 tips in choosing a cloud service provider

Wesley Lim, Director, DCIM (Asia), Emerson Network Power | Dec. 10, 2014
When choosing a cloud service provider, it is important for IT managers and business leaders to take the time and do their research, understand the risks, and be fully aware of the capabilities of the provider so they can make an informed decision before embarking on a cloud deployment. Here's how to do so.

If you are putting all sensitive information online, security should be your foremost consideration. It is important to know where your data will be stored; how it will be backed up; and how your data will be protected. Physical and virtual security is important, so examine your prospective provider's security and contingency plans before making a decision.

4. Scalability and Availability
A key advantage of cloud computing is scalability -- the ability to upgrade or downgrade your IT requirements depending on your needs - and your cloud provider of choice should be able to scale with you. This means its IT infrastructure as well as its people and management processes is able to adjust so your business can grow. Hand-in-hand with scalability is availability. Maintaining high availability is essential to maintain operational integrity.

When evaluating third party cloud providers, the vendor's data center power infrastructure and availability strategy should be examined. Look for a cloud provider that has established redundancy within its UPS architecture. Intelligent UPS systems designed for rapid, seamless deployment in critical IT environments can help achieve superior performance and availability.

Data centre monitoring and management solutions can help mitigate risks of downtime and provide unique benefits to external cloud service providers.

5. IT Value Over Cost
Many organisations prioritise pricing when it comes to choosing a cloud provider. Companies tend to look for providers with the most cost effective solution. But you should not compromise IT value over cost. In the end, it is more important to look for a provider that gives the best value for your money. Do your research; request for a client base. Make sure that the provider has a solid reputation with a proven experience and track record.  

Ultimately, it is important to do your research before choosing a cloud service provider to ensure optimal integrity, accountability, and strong service-level agreements. 


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