Which is the best cloud?
If you’re looking at moving your data onto the cloud, obviously you’ll want to know which of the many providers is the best.
However, reasons for using the cloud, and the things people hope to get out of it can be really different. So the cloud that’s best suited for one business might not be the best for a different one.
Before choosing a cloud provider, you should think about what you’re trying to achieve, what you already use, and what technologies you work with. Let’s look at the best bits of some popular cloud providers to help you decide which is right for your needs.
First up is Amazon Web Services (AWS)
AWS is the longest established cloud and provides over 90 different services to help businesses develop. From basic cloud storage to more complex services like mobile development tools and productivity applications. So, one of the first advantages of AWS is that it has something to suit pretty much every need you might have.
Amazon Workdocs, for example is an online collaboration tool that helps you streamline information within your company, as well as minimising data duplications. Although there’s a lot of services, there is no pressure to use all of them. You can choose from these to tailor to your specific needs. Alongside this, Amazon’s budgeting and cost management applications, Cost Explorer, Budgets, and Cost and Usage Report, help you control exactly what you use and spend.
With current developments in AI and machine learning, you may want a cloud provider that incorporates these. AWS has multiple services that provide these benefits. For example, if you choose AWS you’ll have image recognition, translation, predictive analysis, and so on. If you don’t want pre-made models, AWS also provides the groundwork for organisations and developers to create their own custom AI services.
Despite all of this, you need to know you can trust the cloud provider you’re using in order to experience the full benefits. Some of the security services AWS provides include: network firewalls, key management options, automatic encryption of all traffic on AWS networks, and multi-factor authentication. But this isn’t all, so if you’re keen to learn more about how AWS keeps your data safe, give us a call for a more in depth analysis.
An alternative cloud is Microsoft Azure.
Azure is based heavily on Windows, so if you’re already familiar with the system, you’ll feel right at home using Azure.
As we’ve just seen, one of the major factors in choosing a cloud system is security. When you’re putting your data in the hands of a third party, you’ll need to know it’s being looked after. Microsoft are always working to maintain their current position as one of the world’s most secure cloud platform options. They meet international industry specific standards, like ISO 27001, as well as various country-specific standards. In fact, they were the first cloud provider to be fully compliant with ISO 27018. On top of this, they have more regions worldwide than any other cloud provider, and are committed to GDPR compliance.
Another benefit of Azure is its scalability. There are a variety of services to suit every need, whether you’re hoping to use machine learning functionality, their data processing capabilities, or control devices using Azure’s Internet of things services. Whatever you choose, you only pay for what you use. This prevents wasting money on things you don’t need. This can also help smaller businesses get up and running, as you can adapt your services based on your needs and budget.
The Azure machine learning function mentioned above is another benefit of this cloud service. It has various algorithms with specialist purposes to help your business develop. These algorithms can predict your customer behaviours by identifying patterns in your data. Coupled with this, Azure uses AI cognitive services to transform your business. These functions can do everything from accurate facial recognition, to correcting spelling and grammar. But, this is only a very basic overview of some of the things Azure can do. If you want to know more, get in touch. Our Azure specialist team would love to talk.
The final major cloud provider we should consider today is Google Cloud Platform (GCP).
GCP provides AI solutions and resources, but also give businesses the tools they need to build AI solutions that fit their specific needs. GCP also provides data transferral services and flexible data analysis. Each of the GCP services are designed to make your life easier, by speeding up processes and freeing up your time to focus on new avenues of development.
All of GCP’s services and products are available on a sliding scale of cost. So, you can truly tailor your use to your own needs. Some services are even billed per 100ms, so it really is affordable for anyone. Plus, you can choose a free trial first to ensure it’s the best fit for you before investing your money. If you’ve never used a cloud platform before and are put off by the idea of migrating and using new services, GCP also provides tutorials and platform overviews. These can really help you maximise your business potential, by knowing exactly what you’re getting from each service.
In terms of security, GCP takes lots of measures to protect your data. They have a 24/7 operations team to detect and respond to threats. But, they also encrypt data in transit, and at rest to prevent unauthorised access and service interruptions. GCP also has a GDPR resource center if customers are ever concerned about how their data is being kept or used.
Overall, it can be tricky to decide which is the best cloud for you. The overview here barely scratches the surface of the massive potential these three platforms have for your business. So if you’re keen to learn more about any of these cloud providers, drop us a line! Choosing the perfect cloud will depend on your needs, your aims, and more. But we can help you decide which is the best cloud for you, and which will help you optimise your business, fast.