Your decision to use cloud hosting for your business or other organization is not the end of the decision-making process. In many ways, it is a beginning. The next phases of the process involves deciding the type of cloud computing services you want and choosing the right provider for your needs. Public cloud providers may offer similar or even identical services, but they are not all equal. In order to determine which one is the best at what you need it to do, you should evaluate the provider’s cloud performance
You have probably heard the stories of cloud services having major outtages, but realistically, this could happen to any hosting company or to any private data center. Factors you can actually evaluate, however, are:
- the length of time it takes a provider to resolve technical problems
- the quality and security of the data centers
- the connection speed and reliability of its websites (performance benchmarking and network reliability)
- service comparisons with other cloud providers
- usability tests
Many cloud providers will not disclose detailed hardware information or infrastructure details about their data centers. With the right testing tools, however, you can evaluate them without knowing the specifics. There are many third-party services that evaluate cloud providers, and you can also find plenty of online reviews from businesses similar to yours.
If the providers you evaluate are willing to let you use a trial of their cloud software, you can run your own usability tests to get a better idea about which services are more user friendly for yourself and/or your employees.
Evaluating cloud services can sometimes be difficult without actively subscribing to each one. But with a little digging and possibly some outside help, you should be able to come to a sound conclusion.