5 Underlying things to consider before choosing Cloud Computing

The word ‘Cloud Computing’ is not techie anymore. Almost every individual know the basics of it. Many organizations have already moved to cloud computing to reduce their IT infrastructure cost and for better availability. There are few critical things to be considered before choosing a Cloud service provider. The top 5 of them are listed below,

 

Data Storage Location :

It is one of the key reasons to be taken into account while choosing the provider. Because it has two different dimensions,

(1) Country of the user has right over the data of its citizens

(2) Country where the data is stored has right over the data transmitted in and out of the country.

So, it is necessary to consult the legal consultants/enforcement in both the country. However, it is advisable to choose the storage region in the same country as the user.

 

Inbound / Outbound Connections (Throughput Count):

As the computing server is at a remote location, we could access it only through the internet. So, it is important to consider the total number of connections available for the given time bracket (hour/day/month) and the parallel connection allowed at any given time. It has to be finalized based on the current and predicted future business needs.

 

Bandwidth:

Like the previous one, it is a parameter concerning the network. Bandwidth is nothing but an amount of data transferred in and out of the server. Like the number of connections, some providers limit the amount of data transfer. i.e., the total data transfer from the server should not exceed 10 TB for a given time bracket. Beyond this limit, charges will be higher.

 

Scalability:

The provider should have a better scalable model to meet your short-term, mid-term and long-term goals. Because migrating the complete setup, from one provider to another is a tedious task. This reason makes it a critical parameter to consider if your business is moving in an uptrend and changing rapidly. The provider should have the facility and infrastructure to match the scaling needs of your business. i.e., an increasing configuration of existing instances like RAM, CPU Core and adding multiple instances and configuring via load balancers etc.,

 

Backup and Recovery:

As the server is off-site, the data backup and recovery policy also fall under the control of the cloud computing provider. It is necessary to discuss and understand their backup frequency, disaster recovery time, location of the backups available, console to restore from your end, request for additional backups. Without a concrete data management policy, our whole data will be in danger. So understanding their data policy is critical.