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How to Select a Cloud Provider Effectively

To select the right type of cloud for you, analyze what type of data you are basically dealing with

Moving your data storage to the cloud is a smart move as there is an explosion of data day by day and systems are struggling to store all that data effectively and securely.  Cloud computing has proven not only to be cost effective but also frees the businesses to concentrate on the daily workings while the cloud takes care of details such as security, support, maintenance and the ever-so-important backup.  Therefore, the demand for cloud computing is also growing and there are many companies sprouting up by the minute. So the consumer ends up in a dilemma of how to choose the right one.

cloudTo select the right type of cloud for you, analyze what type of data you are basically dealing with.  For example, videos, photos and online documents will require software based cloud services.  Other type of cloud services include Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) where the customer can transfer his data with virtually no changes made.  All that the customer needs to manage is the operating system and its applications.  When the customer wants to use the cloud or offer it as a service to others, then the Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) is the right choice.

Moreover, the technical interface must be compatible with the architecture that the company is using.  Also the structure of the cloud should be flexible enough to allow data to flow seamlessly between different cloud platforms.  The cloud should be capable of managing and packaging the data independently of the data environment.

The need to research about the company cannot be stressed enough and their reputation should serve a vital factor before selecting a cloud provider.  All providers are supposed to have SLAs (Service Level Agreements) with standard services and, depending upon the customer’s needs, the SLA could be negotiated.   Clouds are known for their security support and so the provider must assure the company of the levels and types of security they offer.  Some of the issues that security must deal with are identity management, authorization, verification and access control.

The last and perhaps, the most important reason is the money factor.  Cloud has to be cost effective but more than that should enable the client to see huge profits as a direct result.  It should also save the company money that would otherwise get spent on storage and security.

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Unitiv, Inc., is a professional provider of enterprise IT solutions. Unitiv delivers its services from its headquarters in Alpharetta, Georgia, USA, and its regional office in Iselin, New Jersey, USA. Unitiv provides a strategic approach to its service delivery, focusing on three core components: People, Products, and Processes. The People to advise and support customers. The Products to design and build solutions. The Processes to govern and manage post-implementation operations.