Finding the best and most suitable cloud provider for your software can be a daunting task. Most software vendors today look for SaaS and DaaS providers that can handle their application and critical data at a considerably low cost but also without any service downtime. Their goal is ultimately to achieve a more sustainable growth of their business while keeping the productivity levels up within the core development teams and their customer end-users.
A cloud provider should ideally provide software vendors and business customers with a secure and reliable virtual desktop environment for their applications as a pay-per-use service. On the cloud market, businesses can find many offerings which promise great ROIs and zero commitment. Nevertheless, finding one provider that has the right capabilities and expertise to deliver a service model that works seamlessly at an affordable rate can be a serious challenge for companies that value quality and long-term business success.
In these next few sections, we have prepared a checklist with the main qualities you should be looking at in a cloud provider if you are considering moving your software to the infrastructure of a third-party company.
Is the cloud provider a worthy investment?
We started with an emphasis on the importance of quality when we talk about finding a cloud provider for your software and making the transition. Finding a low-cost option can sound lucrative at first, but your business must consider the quality of service and customer support that will be provided to you as a client. Outsourcing a poorly performing desktop solution from a cloud provider is a winning approach for companies that value quality and customer satisfaction. Having a stable, secure, and high-performing environment on the other hand can bring in a lot of new customers and retain the existing ones, by allowing businesses using your software on the cloud to be productive and flexible.
What are your scalability targets?
If you are thinking of moving your software to the cloud, your scalability targets should be one of your primary considerations. If you expect to grow sustainably as a business over the years, you need to be in close partnership with a cloud provider that considers your IT requirements and delivers the quality you expected in the first place. This is why it is probably a good idea to discuss these targets in the beginning before you lock into a migration plan and move on with the transition. If you manage to negotiate a suitable growth strategy that will help you scale your business in the future, then that usually is a good indication that you’ve stumbled upon a reliable cloud provider for the future.
Does your cloud provider have the necessary technical expertise?
The whole point of outsourcing your cloud infrastructure is to be able to count on the expertise of a trusted provider that can cater to all of your needs as a customer? Any technical issues that may occur at any given point in time should ideally be resolved promptly and effectively when required. This suggests that you should be looking for a trusted cloud vendor that has a strong technical focus and a vast amount of experience in the field. Cloud providers like we-IT have gained competencies in building, supporting, and outsourcing Azure desktop environments up to the highest industry standards, It is not a bad shout to ask for verification of these competencies and check for yourself what are the real capabilities of the company you are planning partnership with. Another good tip is to look into reviews and testimonials that prove the qualities of the provider with clients from the same or different sectors.
What is the compatibility of your software with the offered virtualization deployment?
If think you’ve found a trusted cloud provider, you need to be cautious about the compatibility of their solutions with the applications you want to migrate to their infrastructure. A lot of cloud providers work with specific software deployments and moving an entirely different application or hardware to the cloud may require you to rebuild the whole development to fit into their mold. At we-IT, we are capable of migrating any software to the cloud, regardless of the specifications, CPU and GPU required. There is a lot more than can be added here as individual software characteristics (often limitations) which make one provider more suitable for your operations to another. This is why it’s best to communicate these in the beginning and make sure you are on the right track with the provider you’ve chosen.
Is cloud security their priority?
Last but not least, we speak of cloud security. This must also be one of your main considerations when moving your software to the cloud. When discussing a migration plan and cloud vendor policies, in the beginning, it’s important to understand the approach of the cloud provider towards cybersecurity. The Cloud currently is the most secure infrastructure you can use for deploying your applications to customers from remote locations, based anywhere in the world. Even if we know that this is the case, without proper security measures and 24/7 monitoring, security cannot always be ensured. This is why it is important to establish security features and policies that you think will ensure your data safety on the cloud at all times.
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