There is a plethora of choices for enterprises willing to outsource infrastructure to cloud computing providers. While brand new benefactors are mushrooming all over the world today, traditional service suppliers have also begun to rebrand their offerings.  

In order to evaluate and select an appropriate cloud platform, the following factors need to be considered.

Pricing

The primary driver behind most businesses moving to the cloud is to save money. Some cloud providers render utility-based pricing models (wherein you can utilize resources & pay for them). Some customers pay according to hourly/monthly models. On comparing such cloud providers, one needs to be aware of 3 major pricing dimensions which include storage, computing and bandwidth. As a result, every business owner must be conscious about high costs charged by some cloud providers to manage storage intensive applications.

Other factors such as data provenance, data segregation, data recovery, business continuity, monitoring and reporting, access privileges and controls & encryption requirements must be streamlined within the provider’s SLA.
 
While some cloud providers render application performance results on the basis of geographic location, others deploy cloud platform architecture. So you need to evaluate the location of your provider because a local data center facility can offer lower latency Internet access. Hence business critical applications can function smoothly.

Certain cloud providers might also let a business host applications across multiple geographic locations. This can be important to streamline business continuity. Only then applications can be accessed in terms of a global user base.

Certain cloud providers render computing resources in varying sizes such as small single-core instances & large multi-core instances with enormous memory. So the storage of IO varies & CPU, becomes the key determinant in an application.

As a result, a service level agreement (SLA) comes to your rescue. The SLA is a guaranteed way to gauge your cloud provider’s comfort level as far as the service delivery platform is concerned. Any provider offering a 99.99% computing availability is better than those offering just 99%. During an unlikely event of service outage, such a cloud provider can actually offer generous service credits.

Hence, it is advisable to test multiple cloud providers. Only then you can correctly evaluate the best cloud storage provider for your organization.