What is a cloud providerThere are a large number of cloud providers. They provide cloud power and related services for businesses of all sizes. Modern cloud solutions allow you to quickly and easily deploy infrastructure for any project since the largest market players provide turnkey solutions for a reasonable price. Let's take a look at the largest representatives of this industry: Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Microsoft Azure, and Amazon Web Service (AWS).
Google cloud platformGCP is Google's cloud platform that provides a set of services that run on the same platforms like YouTube and Google Search. Google's platform has a built-in set of functions for data storage and analysis, machine learning, working with virtual graphics, as well as tools for developing and testing applications. Google uses the Compute Engine as its primary tool for its work. Google Cloud Platform is the youngest solution, it appeared on the market only in 2011 and its market share is relatively small, however, the company is actively developing its product.
Microsoft AzureMicrosoft's cloud solution is the second most common cloud solution in the market. It appeared in 2010 and the company is actively developing its product. They have more options, a wider set of virtual machines, and a wider set for working with virtual networks. A distinctive feature of Microsoft Azure is the per-minute tariffication of the resources used. This greatly helps in cost savings. The main computing power is virtual machines as well as high-performance Virtual Machine Scale Sets. A distinctive feature of the cloud service from Microsoft is the presence of a large number of regions and zones, which gives many options for hosting services.
Amazon Web ServiceThe solution from Amazon was the first, and in many ways, it set the standard for the entire industry. AWS was founded back in 2006, so it managed to gain a significant share of the market. Amazon Web Service is characterised by fairly flexible pricing and a wide range of tools, Amazon Elastic Cloud Computing (EC2) virtual computers.
Criteria for choosing your providerWhen choosing a cloud provider, you need to take an integrated approach to assess each applicant, as well as build on your needs and goals. Often, each provider can be compared to several common grounds and choose the most suitable one.
Work speedFor every business, the speed of a cloud provider is quite critical, since a fairly large amount of money can be tied to it. Evaluate how quickly you can get the requested resources, how the provider can guarantee uninterrupted work. Also, check how often service work can be carried out, whether you will be warned. Another point worth clarifying is the service at different times. Since a business can operate in a completely different time zone. Also, the speed of work is affected by the ability to independently regulate the number of resources.
The power of resources and their relevanceToday's cloud providers often have enough capacity to meet the needs of today's businesses. However, it is worth paying attention not only to the available capacity but also to the number of planned loads. The provider must monitor the state of its resources, their availability, and work to provide new solutions, as well as keep the resources up-to-date in their data centers.
SafetySecurity is one of the highest priority criteria when choosing a cloud provider. For example, Amazon provides a whole list of security services for your infrastructure. When choosing a provider, find out where his data centers are located, how he is responsible for the safety of your data. An important fact is also what solutions the supplier provides to ensure your security. For example, Azure provides KeyVault for working with keys.
Provision of service and additional servicesIn addition to the cloud itself, companies can also provide related services, such as the provision of package solutions. For example, EKS for working with Amazon Kubernetes. You should also clarify what additional services the provider can provide. Do they have any help in setting up the infrastructure, how well is their documentation?
Thus, we can say that choosing a provider is quite a simple matter, you just need to clearly understand what resources you have and what you would like to get from migration to the cloud. If you don't have your DevOps, but you need to move to the cloud, you can use the services of external specialists. We have an article where we explained how to choose the right external DevOps.
Why it's important not to focus on one cloud providerWhen you've chosen the right cloud provider for you, make sure you always have a fallback. If suddenly your relationship with the cloud provider does not work out, you will always have a fallback. It is still not completely tied to one provider and for the reason, that different providers may have different types of services and different development. So while you are using one cloud, another company has added a tool that you were missing. When you fixate on one cloud provider and don't look in the direction of others, then you miss out on many opportunities for development or savings.
Obviously, often the entire infrastructure is tied to a particular cloud provider, but if you still decide to migrate or you do not know where to start and how to choose the right cloud provider, contact us and we will help you with your choice.