Choosing a public cloud services provider
By now you’ve quite likely heard and might also fully agree with the expression, the cloud has become the new normal. And you’re probably spot on. International data management company, Waterford Technologies, says annual global spend on public cloud services is predicted to mushroom “at a 19.4% compound annual growth rate to reach US$141bn by 2019”; by 2020 a corporate no-cloud policy will be regarded as bizarre as a no-Internet policy is today.
As the cloud computing market, vendors’ offerings and consumers’ requirements are becoming more and more sophisticated, it’s also increasingly important for businesses to know exactly what to look out for when choosing their public cloud provider.
While the selection process is not as simple as the proverbial apples-with-apples comparison, businesses should consider vendors’ performance in areas such as: security prowess; cost-effectiveness; cloud-specific skills and expertise; uptime guarantees; cloud storage, back-up and autoscaling services; VM (virtual machine) migration support; VM network connectivity; and access to experts.
Then there’s also the geographic location of a vendor’s data centres, as security and compliance regulations can differ vastly from one country to another. One would like to be assured of regional availability and support.
Microsoft’s international cloud regions expand
That’s why Evolv Networks, a Microsoft Cloud Platform Competency Partner, welcomes Microsoft’s recent announcement that it will soon deliver cloud services from datacentres in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa. Exciting news indeed! The software giant plans to deliver the Microsoft Cloud – including Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365 – from these centres “with initial availability in 2018”.
Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice-President, Cloud and Enterprise Group, Microsoft, says the new regions will offer “enterprise-grade reliability and performance combined with data residency”. Upping Microsoft’s international cloud regions to 40, this step will help businesses and entrepreneurs in SA and Africa change over faster, easier and with the comforting guarantee of regional support.
Azure adoption soaring
With 90% of Fortune 500 companies trusting the Microsoft Cloud, Microsoft assures consumers that “Azure helps to protect your assets through a rigorous methodology and focus on security, privacy, compliance and transparency”.
According to RightScale’s 2017 State of the Cloud Report*, overall Azure adoption soared from 20% to 34%, increasing the integrated cloud services’ market penetration. Another report says by 2018, 30% of Microsoft’s revenue is expected to come from cloud products.
Supporting 17 languages and 24 currencies, Azure is already available in 140 countries. It supports “a broad selection of operating systems, programming languages, frameworks, databases and devices,” says Microsoft. Azure also keeps on investing in the latest infrastructure technologies – focusing on “high reliability, operational excellence, cost-effectiveness, environmental sustainability, and a trustworthy online experience for customers and partners worldwide”.
Evolv knows Microsoft Azure is the best way
At Evolv Networks, we’ve been campaigning for more cloud and specifically Microsoft Azure adoption, which we regard the ideal platform with ISO27001, HIPAA, SOC 1 and SOC 2 certification. With three years’ experience in running internal Finance/Payroll/Password services on Azure, we have specialist knowledge to assist you in your journey to the Azure Cloud, and ensure your business achieve that silver lining you’re desiring.
* The result of a survey that “asked 1 002 IT professionals about their adoption of cloud infrastructure and related technologies”.