Cloud hosting is becoming the next big change in terms of hosting the application on the internet. Cloud hosting not only provides on-demand computing & On-demand Scaling but it also helps companies to manage their budget. Right now many new hosting service providers have entered into this business, few big names are Amazon, Rackspace, Microsoft. Now the big challenge in front of a business is how they choose the best cloud hosting provider for themselves as all of these cloud service providers claim themselves as the best cloud hosting provider. We analyze the cloud hosting solutions offered by different companies and concluded some points that need to be considered at the time of choosing the best cloud hosting provider for your business. We strongly recommend Health & Insurance business to use HIPAA Compliant Cloud Storage to host their PHI data.
What is cloud computing
According to American National Institute of Standards and Technology
Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.
In simple terminology, Wikipedia explains cloud computing as “delivery of computing and storage capacity as a service to a heterogeneous community of end-recipients”.
Choosing the Right Cloud Hosting Service Provider
every company has a different set of requirement thus everyone has a different set of criteria to choose the right cloud hosting for business but there are few criteria which remain same for everyone, in our current article we’ll be discussing those criteria’s which every business should consider before selecting your cloud host.
When we buy a cloud hosting from any of the providers we assume that we’ll be getting the support for free, wait, if you’re thinking the same you’re mistaken. When it comes to cloud servers most of the companies categories their cloud servers in two ways i.e Fully Managed & Unmanaged cloud servers. In one of the comparisons available on Rackspace, they’ve mentioned that Amazon charges more than $400 for one month 24*7 support.
This is the most important aspect of cloud computing, before signing up with any cloud host you must check that the cloud hosting solution that you’re gonna buy is scalable up to the extend that you may reach in future. This simply means that your future server sizing should be catering to the solution you’re gonna opt.
Apart from the technical assistance, you may require some troubleshooting from your hosting provider end when you opt for a managed cloud server. You must check what level support they’re providing when it comes to troubleshooting. That simply means will they be providing support on the root level.
If you’re buying any of the hosting services whether it ’s a shared hosting or cloud computing after all you’re buying a hosting space. You must be knowing that if your cloud host is using current storage technology i.e RAID 10 or similar kind of technology.
You never know when you require more CPU requirement & when you require less. You must confirm with your cloud service provider that what minimum CPU power they’re offering & is that auto burstable.
Third-party software support
Most of the time you require support for software that you’re using on your cloud machine, it could be an Operating system, Database or any other software that you may be using. Your cloud host must be capable of supporting mostly used third party software.
These’re the common criteria for every business considering opting cloud hosting as their hosting platform. There’re very few cloud server providers offers all the features in their cloud hosting packages.