In this blog post, we will discuss some of the benefits of Azure infrastructure as a service, as well as the challenges of managing Azure for the long term. Azure...
The cloud has revolutionized the way businesses operate. Platforms like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure provide secure, scalable, and cost-effective computing resources, storage, and infrastructure that can help businesses grow and succeed. However, managing a cloud infrastructure requires different skills and knowledge to managing data centre infrastructure that not all companies have.
That's where a cloud management service can help. Cloud management services provide you with the support you need to run and optimize your cloud infrastructure. By outsourcing their cloud management to experts, businesses can focus on their core competencies while reducing operational costs and improving efficiency.
But with so many cloud management options available, how can businesses choose the right one for their needs? In this blog post, we will provide insights into the factors to consider when choosing a cloud management service for your AWS partner or Azure partner.
Experience and Expertise
The first thing to consider when choosing a cloud management service is their experience and expertise. Look for a provider with a proven track record of managing and optimizing cloud infrastructures across multiple types of business/industry.
A service provider with the hard won knowledge of managing hundreds of cloud environments across many years is hard to find. IG CloudOps has that hard won knowledge from working with the cloud for over a decade and having 50+ years collective experience in our AWS support & Azure support teams.
Cloud management platforms can help you leverage the full potential of cloud computing and optimize costs, security, and performance. At IG CloudOps, we have several case studies which show the value our customers have had from implementing cloud management for their business.
Service Level Agreements (SLAs)
The second factor to consider when choosing a cloud management service is their service level agreements (SLAs). A reliable cloud management service should offer clear and comprehensive SLAs that guarantee the quality and reliability of their services. SLAs should include uptime, response time, problem resolution, and escalation procedures, among other things. Choose a provider that offers SLAs that match your business requirements and expectations.
Scalability and Flexibility
The third factor to consider when choosing a cloud management service is scalability and flexibility. As your business grows and evolves, so will your cloud infrastructure requirements. Choose a cloud management service that can scale and adapt to your changing needs without disrupting your operations. Providers that offer flexible and customizable services can help you achieve your goals and optimize your cloud infrastructure without compromising on performance, security, or cost.
When you implement a cloud management platform you need to check it has no hidden costs which could start to add up as you expand. For a full breakdown of the CloudOps pricing model have a look at our pricing page.
The fourth factor to consider when choosing a cloud management service is cost-effectiveness. Cloud management services should help you reduce your operational costs and optimize your cloud infrastructure for maximum efficiency. Choose a provider that offers transparent pricing models, flexible billing options, and cost optimization strategies that match your business goals and budget.
As part of CloudOps we provide AWS cost reviews and Azure cost reviews on a quarterly basis. This uses the monitoring information and data direct from the AWS & Azure native APIs along with machine learning to create cost recommendations to reduce your monthly bill.
Security and Compliance
The fifth factor to consider when choosing a cloud management service is security and compliance. Cloud security is critical to protecting your data and assets from cyber threats and complying with industry regulations and standards. Choose a provider that has a comprehensive security and compliance framework, including encryption, access controls, monitoring, and auditing, among other things. The provider should also have a clear security incident response plan and policies that align with your business needs.
With CloudOps you can be sure your environment is secure. CloudOps includes integrated penetration testing and quarterly AWS security audits and Azure security audits. These audits identify risks and threats to your environment along with suggested remediation steps.
You can implement these yourself or flag them for our support team to implement for you.
What can I do today?
In conclusion, choosing the right cloud management service for your AWS or Azure partner can help you reap the rewards of cloud computing while reducing risks and costs.
Investing in a reliable and expert cloud management service can help you achieve operational excellence, scalability, and innovation, leading to long-term success and growth. Failing to implement the right service can lead to long term harm and overspend.