Choosing The Right Cloud Solution

How To Choose The Right Cloud Provider

Benefits Of A Cloud Service Provider

A cloud-based solution provides a business with data storage, resources, and on-demand services that are accessible through the internet. Instead of owning data centres, companies can rent access to these applications from a cloud service provider. This allows businesses to lower upfront costs and reduce the infrastructure management required to maintain a complex IT infrastructure.

Many companies are externalising their IT systems using cloud services. To access the many benefits of the cloud businesses must choose the right cloud solution provider for their requirements. This decision is critical for the long-term success and operations of an organisation.

The cloud solutions industry is full of competing providers offering a wide range of services. Market leaders like Amazon, Microsoft, and Google are the most famous names in the industry. However, some smaller providers offer bespoke cloud services for their clients.

The three biggest cloud providers have a huge share of the market. This is how it breaks down:

  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) (63%)
  • Microsoft Azure (29%)
  • Google Cloud Platform (GCP) (8%)

The process of sourcing the right cloud services doesn’t have to be complicated and with the right guidance you can identify a provider that matches a business’s needs.

Who Is The Best Cloud Provider?

Cloud services assist collaborative working, data storage capacity, and enhance security features. However, cloud computing encompasses a variety of elements, which is why organisations are often unsure of who is the right cloud provider for their requirements.

Here are three essential steps to follow when choosing a cloud service provider:

  • Matches Business Needs – Don’t instantly choose the biggest provider in the industry. Organisations should research their options and find a solution that supports their requirements.
  • Reliability – Organisations need a provider that has reliable security and storage capabilities to avoid the risk of data loss and cyberattacks. The right cloud services are ones you can trust under any circumstances. However, basic security packages do not offer enough protection, cloud security needs to be tailored to a business.
  • Flexibility – As companies are successful and grow, cloud providers should scale its services alongside them. They should support growth, not inhibit it.

We’ve put together a guide on the biggest providers to help you discover the best cloud services for businesses.

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure launched in 2010 and has gained a significant customer base across the world over the last ten years. This is in part due to how Microsoft Azure has incorporated its other products, like Windows, Office, and Outlook, into its cloud services.

Azure has been criticised in the past for lacking refinement. However, it has adapted and grown quickly and begun to take over the market. For example, Azure allows businesses to control its cloud infrastructure so updates can be run across all devices by simply clicking a button. This improves the service’s ease of use in comparison to other providers.

In the last few years, only AWS has lost part of its market share, which highlights the growth of both Azure and GCP.

Microsoft Azure Tools

  • Data & Predictive Analytics
  • Game & App Development
  • Scalable Data Warehousing
  • Blockchain Technology
  • DevOps
  • LOT Integration

Microsoft Azure’s unique selling point is it can be effortlessly integrated with the Windows ecosystem. If a business already uses Sharepoint and Office, Azure offers support as a cloud service provider. It’s considered a safe alternative to AWS because of its global reach, variety of tools, and hybrid cloud abilities.

Google Cloud Platform (GCP)

Google Cloud Platform is the same infrastructure that the search engine giant uses to run its software. Google search, Gmail, and YouTube are all supported by Google Cloud Platform. The selling point is: if it’s good enough for us, it’s good enough for you. Here are a few of the services Google offers as a cloud provider:

GCP Tools

  • Data Storage & Management
  • App Development
  • SMB Business Analytics & AI
  • Productivity & Workload Management Tools

Launched in 2008, GCP has a range of benefits over its market competitors. Two of the most appealing factors are its affordability and user-friendly controls. The tools Google Cloud Platform provides, such as machine learning and AI, are accessible and easy to use for newcomers to the field.

Compared to its competitors, GCP is fairly new to the world of cloud computing. However, as one of the largest companies in the world, it has expanded rapidly. As of March 2020, GCP has 22 regions with 67 zones spread across 16 countries.

Zones are a collection of data centres with high-bandwidth, low-latency network connections to the other zones in their region. This ensures applications stored on Google Cloud Platform are fault-tolerant and give off zero carbon emissions.

GCP is also investing in innovative undersea server deployment. Starting in Guam, Google is installing a cabling system that connects with servers across the world. Australia, Asia, the South Pacific, Japan, and mainland USA are all linked by these undersea servers. Data centres across the world are also being added exponentially to ensure GCP delivers the best cloud service possible.

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

The largest online commerce business in history, Amazon also boasts an innovative cloud computing platform. Founded in 2006, AWS has an expansive framework across the world and the vast distribution of its cloud services is what the provider builds its platform on. Amazon ensures every data centre within a region is a sufficient distance apart to prevent any natural disasters disrupting its service.

Another important feature in AWS’s infrastructure is the edge zones that cache web content closer to the user's location. This delivers a faster service and response time across the world without its performance being affected. 

Historically, Amazon Web Services has been considered the strongest IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) provider. Availability, performance reliability, and the number of applications are all strengths of AWS.

AWS Tools

  • Developer, Engagement, & Management Tools
  • Machine Learning & Predictive Analytics
  • Data & Storage Solutions
  • Productivity Tools
  • App Integration
  • Compute

Amazon has the largest network of data centres in the world, which is why it has an extensive global reach and reliable performance in comparison to its competitors.

 

Amazon Web Services

Microsoft Azure

Google Cloud Platform

Per Hour Pricing

Per Minute Pricing

Per Minute Pricing

Largest Cloud Provider

2nd Largest Cloud Provider

Newest Of Big 3 Cloud Providers

First IaaS Provider

Offers IaaS

New To IaaS Industry

Extensive Support For Big Organisations

Full Integration With Microsoft Products

Flexible Contracts

Global Reach

Hybrid Cloud Support

Provides Open Source Support & Portability

 

Bluecube Cloud Services

At Bluecube, we’re a Gold Microsoft Partner and Tier 1 Cloud Solution Provider that delivers affordable cloud subscriptions. Every data management strategy is bespoke to an organisation with an emphasis on maintaining high-levels of security. Here are three ways are team can provide cloud solutions to businesses:

Cloud Migration 

Our team helps companies develop a cloud strategy, project manage the process, and implement the migration to the cloud. With every migration we deliver, our team guarantees minimal downtime to avoid disruption to a business.

Cloud Management 

As a business’s cloud management team, we deliver a cost-effective cloud subscription, without any contractual obligations. We also manage the important details of our clients’ subscriptions to ensure they’re getting the right service for them.

Cloud Security 

We have a highly experienced cloud security team who ensures staff can operate in a safe cloud environment. By applying preventative technology, vulnerability assessments, and security procedures, companies can operate using a secure cloud network.

We offer discounts on all the cloud solutions we deliver to clients. To find out more, fill in an enquiry form on our contact page or visit our cloud solutions page today.

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