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Criteria to Consider When Evaluating Cloud Computing Services

Today TechTarget published a piece I wrote for them about criteria to consider when selecting a cloud provider. Here's the opening paragraph:

Selecting a cloud computing provider is becoming increasingly complex. As cloud environments mature, many cloud providers attempt to differentiate themselves by focusing on specific aspects of their offerings, such as technology stacks or service-level agreements (SLAs). In short, not all cloud providers are created equal.

At the same time, enterprises are beginning to rely on cloud providers for hosting mission-critical applications, which raises the stakes for selecting the right cloud service. So how do organizations navigate this multifarious landscape? Below you'll find a few key factors for evaluating services as well as some resources to use.

I then go on to cover six key areas:

  • Performance
  • Technology stack
  • SLAs and Reliability
  • APIs: lock-in, community and ecosystem
  • Security and compliance
  • Cost

Please read the full article here.

Source: http://gevaperry.typepad.com/main/2010/11/evaluating-cloud-computing-services-criteria-to-consider.html

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