Cloud computing has become the buzzword for most businesses—big, medium, small or micro—in the last few years. It is no surprise that as of today, about 40 zettabytes of data flow through cloud servers. About 81% of enterprises globally follow a multi-cloud strategy, with public cloud service spending all set to grow by 18.4% in 2021. IaaS, PaaS, or SaaS—all the cloud models are growing exceptionally well.
Trends and facts prove that businesses need to be extremely careful while choosing the right cloud computing plan for themselves. One, because there are countless options, and second, the decision will have an overbearing impact on the business's success and growth.
In this article today, we will discuss how to find the right cloud computing plan for your business.
- Cloud computing choices relevant to the different business models
It is vital to understand the different cloud computing plans and choices organizations have depending on their particular business model. There are key factors to consider—performance, number of sites, separate control for each site, or root admin access. Not just that, one needs to consider whether it is going to be shared, virtual, or dedicated cloud computing. There are specific questions to answer while understanding that all these factors enable the smooth functioning of one or other businesses. How to know which one is the perfect one for your business? Things to remember:
- Shared plans are economical and good for a single website, but the speed could be a question mark.
- CPanel plans work best when there are multiple sites, and you need to have separate control over each site.
- A virtual server offers complete access and control, but multiple business owners share the resources.
- Cloud model that fits your business
Next, you need to understand which model is perfect for your business. The common models are:
- SaaS or Software as a Service where your business subscribes to an app or Software. The Software is hosted on the vendor's site, ensuring enough storage for your business data.
- IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) is where the vendor offers virtual storage and a server—both are customized as per the business needs. The vendor offers basic networking and hardware support too.
- PaaS (Platform as a Service) offers agile and scalable frameworks and virtual machines used to deploy and run applications. In most cases, the in-house team of the business work in the DevOps landscape.
- EaaS or Everything as a Service is a model offering specifics as a service. For example, there is DBaaS or Database as a Service, Disaster Recovery as a Service, or DRaaS. Then, there is Security as a Service or SECaaS, Identity as a Service or IDaaS, etc.
- More options that are custom-specific to the unique needs of your business
Within each model and cloud computing plan, there are innumerable options and choices that businesses today have. It is all quite complicated, and you might need to speak to an expert to help you make the right choice. The technologies and the cloud architecture can be customized to suit the workload of the business. Similar is the case with standards and services. Consider these aspects and look in-depth at what your organization's top priorities are:
- Windows Cloud—for power-driven and reliable Windows Server instances and Windows SQL Cloud, Windows Smart Dedicated, and Plesk Windows Clouds.
- Linux Cloud—for high-performance cloud computing and CPU-intensive workloads. There are options for high memory cloud, Linux Smart Dedicated Cloud, and cPanel Linux Cloud.
- Cloud GPUs—you get options like GPU dedicated Compute with A100, RTX8000, TESLA V100, T4, and more.
- Storage Cloud—the storage options vary from object storage to block storage, CDP backup, and saved images option.
Besides these, it is important to consider other features like:
- Data security
Data Security is a vital consideration. Find out if the cloud computing vendor is compliant with security standards like ISO 27000 series.
- Server location
Server Location considering the jurisdiction plays an important role in legal issues, consider the server's location.
- Your current technical environment and the vendor's cloud architecture
It is vital to look into the amount of coding and re-coding required to align your current ecosystem with that of the vendor.
Find out about the frequency of downtimes, disaster recovery options, tools, processes, etc., of the service provider.
Every cloud computing plan will have pros and cons. You need to evaluate each thoroughly before making a decision.