20 Questions to Ask When Selecting a Cloud Service Provider

Clouds exist in all shapes and sizes. In cloud computing, the combination of distinct cloud configurations and managed services – such as additional resources, compliance expertise, disaster recovery, cost savings or responsiveness – delivers unique value that can fill IT gaps and meet objectives that otherwise might not be achievable. However, if the cloud infrastructure services your organization chooses don’t complement your current environment or have hidden weakness, outsourcing to the cloud can wreak major havoc.

With more than 3,000 cloud service providers and an overwhelmingly amount of options, moving to the cloud – or choosing a new cloud service provider – is not only an important undertaking but also a complex one. How do you choose the right cloud service provider for your business? More specifically, how do you make sure you align the cloud hosting services, backup and recovery, and cloud security with your operational objectives – and make sure they meet your needs both now and well into the future?

It’s difficult to know what questions to ask. It can be even more difficult to tell if the cloud service provider’s response is a “red flag.” The good news: HOSTING’s new white paper, 20 Questions to Ask When Selecting a Cloud Service Provider, completes part of the cloud services selection process footwork for you. We’ve pulled together a list of the most common questions HOSTING gets asked when organizations are trying to select a cloud service provider – and some advice that will help you drill deeper and eliminate unpleasant surprises.

Questions are grouped into one of five segments, which represent the five most critical challenges companies face when evaluating various cloud providers. Each segment is kicked off with a problem statement under which the questions are nestled:

  • Infrastructure Migration – Problem Statement: “I don’t have the time, the money or the resources to migrate my existing application to a cloud services provider.”
  • Compliance – Problem Statement: “I have regulatory standards with which my business must comply. Finding a trusted outside partner can be a problem.”
  • Additional Capacity – Problem Statement: “I don’t have time to manage cloud capacity for my users, and my service provider doesn’t tell me when I need less or more.”
  • New Application Deployment – Problem Statement: “Cloud resource deployment and availability should not get in the way of my developers.”
  • Disaster Recovery – Problem Statement: “Not all of my applications have the same recoverability requirements.”

Download the whitepaper now and be sure to register for our 20 Questions to Ask When Selecting a Cloud Service Provider webinar on March 20 at 12 p.m. EST. HOSTING’s own Mark Click will be on hand to provide further insight and answer questions during this “can’t miss” hour-long session.

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