How to Select the Best Cloud Computing Provider from a Crowded Field

By: Trevor Akervik
December 4, 2014

best_cloud_computing_providerThe concept of cloud computing began as a buzzword just a few years ago, but has now become an accepted industry technology that has resulted in drastic changes to the IT infrastructure of businesses everywhere. However, just because more people know what cloud computing is, that doesn’t mean everyone is prepared to adopt it without problems. Partnering with the right provider will make your transition to cloud computing seamless and ensure your custom solution meets all your computing requirements. Here are a few tips to help you select the best cloud computing provider for your business:

Custom Cloud Solutions

Before you start researching the list of providers, remove the notion of a one-size-fits-all solution from your mind. It would be nice if one provider could offer you the perfect package that solved all of your problems, but that doesn’t exist. When it comes to cloud computing options, you’ll want to partner with a provider that can offer any combination of public, private and hybrid clouds.

The public cloud offers a low-cost solution to cloud computing in which your business shares the application software, hardware, data center and operating system with other business users a cloud provider supports.

A private cloud, on the other hand, is increasing in popularity, but not every business can afford this service. Unlike the public cloud, private cloud solutions are utilized by individual companies (resources are not shared among many), offering greater performance, security and flexibility.

A third solution involves a hybrid scenario. Hybrid cloud models leverage the best of private and public cloud servers, keeping some services and features on public cloud servers, while others exist in a private cloud.

Breadth of Cloud Services and Technologies

The best cloud computing providers have experience that extends beyond cloud technology. The best provider to partner with will understand the value of everything cloud related, including servers, security, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and much more. If your cloud computing provider doesn’t understand, and offer, all of these features, it will be difficult for them to enhance their service offering as your business grows.

Find a Provider that Understands Your Business

When your business selected an Internet provider for the office, did you select a provider that understood the access demands of your employees and your company, or did you select the company that simply offered you cheap Internet access?

When you’re selecting a cloud computing provider, it is vital that your provider understands the needs of your business and employees. Choosing solely based on price is rarely successful, because you typically have to sacrifice something important in order to secure the lowest price.

A good cloud computing provider will take the time to learn about your business, the software applications you use, computing features you require and level of security needed for business operations in the cloud. Only after this is done can your cloud computing provider offer you a full range of services that meet your requirements (and expectations).

Accommodating Your Needs Now and in the Future

Last but not least, cloud computing providers need to understand not only where your business is today, but where it is going in the future. This applies to many of the points discussed already in this article. From your cloud infrastructure (public/private/hybrid) to the services and features you receive, your cloud computing provider should be able to accommodate your business operations as they exist today, and adjust with them as they grow or alter in the future.


The business world is not a static environment. Things change, people change and demands change. Choose a cloud computing provider that can keep up, with your business and technology trends. Request a consultation with a specialist to start the discussion.

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Topics: Cloud Services