Everything we know about the digital revolutionization of business in the last two years we owe to cloud technology and the utilization of these resources via cloud vendors and their services. The way we saw business transform their operations from the bottom up wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for the availability of cloud-based services, applications on the cloud, and the productive collaborations between software providers and cloud vendors since the beginning of the global pandemic.
If you are only just starting to look for a cloud vendor for your software the options may look like a lot and slightly confusing. This is why in this blog, we are looking at the main qualities of cloud vendors and the key considerations for organizations when looking for a cloud provider to match their needs and demands as a business.
The key capabilities of cloud vendors
Some of the main capabilities to consider when on the lookout for cloud vendors is their infrastructure and the quality of services they offer as a package. Based on the type of platform and vendor you choose to work with, you will have different tools, features, and hardware to choose from, including containers, operating systems, automated deployment, and popular languages. This will largely determine how your cloud migration will go and how effectively you can combine your solutions to make all systems work seamlessly together.
You can always inquire to know more about your cloud vendor’s infrastructure and the types of cloud-based services they offer in their product portfolio. Some vendors have a very basic product range that does not go beyond outsourcing virtual machines to third-party companies. Others, like we-IT, give software vendors the infrastructure together with the integration services that would allow the whole product to run as a service on the cloud. Your company may decide to go into the specifics of the services that are attached to the infrastructure of your provider (IaaS, PaaS, DaaS) or you could inquire directly what their product packages are for your software as a service. Oftentimes, vendors also have different database capabilities which determine the scalability potential for your software product in the long term.
What else to look for in a cloud vendor?
Sometimes companies need to look beyond the general capabilities and technical language that cloud vendors use to talk about their products. It takes some digging and a lot of extra inquiring about the IT solutions, the main focus of their work, and the former clientele of the vendor based on sectors. It is also ok to ask about the deployment of the services and types of customers that the cloud vendor works with so you know whether you are in the right position with your choice of infrastructure and managed services. Checking the range of solutions and the flexibility of the vendor to deliver what you need for your application is crucial, whichever way you decide to go with finding more information about everything you need to know about the general back and front end approach.
Should you compare cloud vendors based on your business needs?
Many customers get the temptation to compare cloud vendors and the technologies and features they have available for new customers. This is not the best practice because prospective clients might then miss out on looking at what’s beyond the surface of the vendor’s portfolio and their ability to meet the individual requirements of the business moving to the cloud. So, if you want to avoid failing to see the flexible and cost-effective cloud solutions, you should ask all the important questions before coming to immediate conclusions.
What should you ask your future cloud vendor?
The easiest way to approach your search for a cloud vendor is by asking a whole bunch of questions that address your primary and secondary concerns as a future client. Businesses should know their problem areas and always communicate these with their vendor before moving on the partnership to the next level. You can always find out whether the vendor is flexible enough to respond to your challenges by getting a clear idea of what to expect from the cooperation in the future.
Organizations should also ensure that their scalability goals meet the capabilities of the cloud vendor and how they plan to accommodate different inquiries with respect to routine maintenance, migration, additional configurations, and so on. Last but not least, companies should always consider learning about the general growth strategy of the cloud vendor and how they see their future on the market. This can help organizations greatly to identify common goals and company morale which will make the partnership a lot more durable and rewarding for all parties involved.
If you want to inquire more about the infrastructure and IT services of we-IT, please do not hesitate to contact our team for more information.