If you you’ve decided to make the leap to the cloud, congratulations! However, now comes one of the toughest part: picking the right cloud service provider.
Deciding who to trust with critical applications, sensitive data, and finicky customers is easier if you know the right questions to ask. That is why I would like to share with you all a blog post with a list of what to quiz a potential cloud provider about before signing up.
Completeness and Flexibility
- Can you leverage leading IaaS and PaaS offerings?
- Will you have comprehensive SDKs and other resources for different languages and platforms?
- Can you run your enterprise-grade applications such as SQL Server, Oracle Database, IBM DB2, SharePoint, or SAP in their cloud?
- Will you have industry-leading tools to derive insights from the data you store in their cloud?
- How efficiently can you manage user identities and devices with the cloud provider’s offerings?
- Do you believe they have a vision for their cloud offerings that they can execute on?
- What is the risk that they will be acquired or go out of business?
- How easily can you move between their cloud, your on-premises environment, and third party provider’s clouds to avoid lock-in?
Security and Compliance
- Can you manage your cloud data/apps/infrastructure in accordance with your company security standards give their features/capabilities?
- Can you control where you data resides?
- Can you meet your compliance obligations with the certifications they have in place?
- Do they provide a comprehensive SLA and support?
- Do they have robust access controls and security processes?
- How do they compare to competitors in terms of price-performance?
- Can you integrate your on-premises resources with investments you make in their cloud?
- How quickly will you be able to go to market with a new application given the resources the provider offers?
Of course, this is not an international standard or a perfect list, so feel free to leave your comments with any feedback and let me know how you assess your cloud providers.