With the way that online business is going, the future is definitely in the cloud. Forbes has said that 83% of enterprise workloads will be in the cloud by the end of this year. There’s a distinct advantage to using both public and private cloud solutions in business because it offers more flexibility.
Flexera also says that of the businesses that do use the cloud, 91% of them use a public cloud, while 72% use a private one. Either way, it suggests that there’s always scope for switching to a cloud hosting service if you haven’t done so already. With that in mind, you should be looking for the best cloud hosting service that you can find that suits your business perfectly.
The Features to Look For
Once you’ve decided that you’re going to be starting the process of migrating to a cloud management service and platform, you’ve already completed the first positive step in the right direction. From there, you should be looking at what kind of business you have, what your needs are, and where you’d like to be in the future. Here are some of the most important features that you should be thinking about when choosing a cloud hosting service:
Having a rough expectation on how much your business is likely to grow in the coming years is important when choosing the right hosting service. If you are expecting a large degree of variance in your IT load, like if you are seasonal business for example, then public cloud with its elastic nature may be best the option.
Security and Compliance
No matter where you are in the world, security is an important feature. Whether it’s GDPR or country-specific regulations, having compliance will measure the same on the scale of security to protect your business data from the outside. Is data sovereignty important for example? And do you therefore require a provider to be able to guarantee your data stays in-country?
When considering the type of cloud and provider you are going to use, it’s important to consider the amount of support and ongoing administration that you are likely to need. If you are looking at a self-service public cloud solution, then you may also need to enlist a 3rd party that can provide an additional technical wrap. Most private cloud providers can build this into their overall offering.
If your company is one that is completely transferring across or even just making use of cloud-based support, then migration assistance is essential, and offered by many hosting services. They’ll help to provide expert assistances, spotting problems before they arise and ensuring a smooth move. Most private cloud providers will offer this within the service whereas in most cases, public cloud will not.
The price point will always be important too. It doesn’t mean that the most expensive cloud hosting is always the best, that’s why it’s one of many factors to consider. It is also important to view the ‘price’ holistically: you need to account for the time and resources required to administer a cloud platform if you are going to manage it yourself.
So what is the best option?
Ultimately, the ‘best’ option will be dependent on your organisation’s specific requirements, where you are in your digital transformation journey and what level of internal technical expertise you have. If you are hosting high-growth workloads and have the internal capability to manage them, then the scalability of public cloud is likely going to be your best option. If you are looking to have a closer relationship with your cloud provider and a more predictable commercial model, then private cloud may be better.
At Trinity Managed Services, we will work with you to understand whether a move should be to public, private or a hybrid of the two. Trinity’s market leading ultra-reliable Virtual Private Cloud platform offers reliable, UK-sovereign hosting services with a proactive and personal support wrap. That same support wrap can also be applied to a public cloud service. As a Microsoft CSP (Cloud Solutions Provider) we can advise, migrate and support workloads on Microsoft Azure where public cloud is the most suitable option.