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Your ideal cloud service should understand your business objectives

Posted on:: 01 May 2018

If you’re like many businesses, you’ve decided that you need to move to the cloud and with good reason. More and more businesses use the cloud because it makes their lives easier in so many different ways.

80% of Businesses Will Expand Their Use of Cloud-Managed ServicesStats show that many organizations are already using cloud computing and those already on the cloud will increase their use of it. According to Forbes, by summer of 2018, 80% of all IT budgets are going to be dedicated to cloud solutions. According to IBM, 80% of US businesses will expand their use of cloud-managed services.

With so much interest in the benefits of the cloud, it pays to understand which cloud service will give you the best bang for your buck.

Any serious discussion comparing cloud services will include comparisons between Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, and Amazon Web Services. These are the three biggest and most widely used cloud solutions.

Google Cloud
Google Cloud’s specialty is in things like Big Data, machine learning, and analytics. As an expert in fast response times and data centers, Google is familiar with load balancing and offering customers significant scale.

Curiously, in spite of Google’s leading status in other products and services, Google Cloud trails both Azure and AWS in market share, according to AWS Insider. Whereas AWS is pushing nearly 40% market share, Google Cloud trails Azure.

One reason behind this lag in popularity is its lack of features and services compared to AWS and Azure. Its insufficiency of global data centers is also another negative.

Microsoft Azure
Azure is faring better than Google Cloud in terms of users due to enterprises legacy use of Windows and additional Microsoft software. Since Azure is closely integrated with these other offerings, enterprises that already rely heavily on Microsoft software feel using Azure is the logical, next step for their cloud needs. Plus, Microsoft incentivizes Azure adoption with discounts to existing Microsoft customers.

Azure’s cons are quite surprising when you consider that Azure is billed as an enterprise-ready solution together with Microsoft’s history as an enterprise vendor. Common problems affecting Azure include issues with documentation, tech support, training and overall scope of the ISV partner environment.

Amazon Web Services
The undisputed leader in cloud offerings, AWS has been leading the pack for a decade. You can thank the huge array of its operations for this dominance.

Not only does it have a plethora of services, but it also features the most thorough network of global data centers. As a result, it’s the most mature and enterprise-ready solution that features deep capacity for handling many resources and users.

You can argue that you get what you pay for, and AWS’ worst feature is probably its cost. Although AWS lowers prices from time to time, it’s not unusual for enterprises to struggle to comprehend AWS’ cost structure and also handle said costs properly when running a large quantity of workloads on AWS’ services.