First, let’s start with the basics: what is a cloud platform? Well, it’s basically the infrastructure you use to access cloud computing services. There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all cloud platform, which is why it’s so important you choose the right solution. So, here’s what you need to know about how cloud computing services work, and some tips on picking the right service for your business needs.
The basic cloud computing models
Here’s a rundown of the three main cloud models available:
- Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) – IT infrastructure such as networks and storage that you rent from a provider
- Platform as a Service (PaaS) – Tools to build and host web applications, which makes it ideal for developers
- Software as a Service (SaaS) – Access to software applications managed by a service provider — the most popular option for businesses
How to choose the right cloud platform
When selecting a cloud platform, consider these:
- The complexity of your IT infrastructure and your current objectives
- Your specific compliance requirements
- What cybersecurity you need
- Your company’s long-term goals
Let’s take a closer look at these points in turn.
Infrastructure and objectives
Before you deploy a cloud platform across your business, consider your IT infrastructure — are you solely based onsite, or are you a remote workforce? Next, think about what you need from the service. Are you a developer, or do you just need application access and storage space? Your objectives determine what platform you need.
It’s no good just choosing any cloud provider — you need one that understands your specific compliance requirements.
- Look for a provider with experience working in your industry.
- Go over your Service Level Agreement carefully, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Ensure they know what regulatory standards apply to your business.
Cybersecurity is vital no matter what cloud platform you choose. That’s because 83 percent of businesses store private information in the cloud. So, if it’s not protected, you’re vulnerable to cyberattacks and data loss.
- Consider how you’ll encrypt and secure data stored in the cloud. What tools do you need, and which platform provides them?
- Check how well your provider handles data breaches and how quickly they get clients back online.
This is ultimately what it all comes down to: your business strategy. Consider your short- and long-term objectives and choose a platform that aligns with those goals. Here are some things to think about.
- Scalability of storage space – How much do you need right now, and how do you expect this to change?
- Service reliability or uptime, which is especially important if you’re customer-focused
- Portability, if remote working matters to your business
- Technology – You need a provider with the right technology to support your objectives.
Sixty-eight percent of businesses already use some form of cloud infrastructure — you’re at a competitive disadvantage if you don’t join them. But to take advantage of cloud computing, it’s crucial you choose the right cloud platform for your specific business needs. Contact us for more information on cloud computing solutions and how they can benefit your company.