Are you considering jumping to the cloud? Are you tempted by the many cost and efficiency benefits, but worried about security, availability or other complications?
In this helpful guide, cloud networking expert Amy Larsen DiCarlo delves into some of the most common concerns about public cloud
What are the best use cases for public cloud services?
The idea of replacing things such as on-premises application services, compute infrastructures and storage with cloud alternatives is becoming more and more mainstream. Still, many enterprises remain concerned about security and availability issues.
This tip highlights some of the growing uses of public cloud services and how cloud providers are offering SLAs that are comparable to dedicated services.
Read the rest of this advice on the best use cases for public cloud services.
What cloud alternatives work best for enterprise-wide applications?
While a public cloud is the most economical type of cloud deployment, it's not the best option for every scenario. This tip delves into some alternatives to public cloud and the best circumstances in which to utilize them, including:
- A private cloud where it's the sole tenant behind a firewall;
- Virtual private clouds for greater security and easier auditing for compliance purposes; and
- Hybrid clouds where workloads can be migrated to a third-party cloud when additional capacity is needed.
Continue reading Amy Larsen DeCarlo's advice on cloud alternatives for enterprise-wide applications.
How do I go about choosing a cloud provider for my company?
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Choosing a cloud service provider can seem daunting. With so many vendors offering so many different products, how do you even begin to determine the vendor and the product that's right for your organization?
This tip can help you narrow down your choices by breaking down the strengths and weaknesses of different providers and the types of cloud services they offer (Infrastructure as a Service, Software as a Service and/or Platform as a Service).
Get more expert insight into choosing a cloud provider.
What kind of security protections does a cloud service provider offer?
Believe it or not, you can generally expect the same level of security from a cloud provider as from a traditional hosting service. However, there are certain types of data and applications that might require additional measures, such as multifactor authentication, encryption, compliance and hypervisors.
Check out this tip to learn how cloud providers are addressing these security issues.
Service-level agreements: What should I ask from my cloud service provider?
Too many cloud providers today are offering less-than-ideal SLAs. While they promise over 99% availability and application response time, you still need to make sure you're getting guaranteed end-to-end service delivery.
Learn more about cloud SLAs.
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This was first published in May 2013