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Knowing What You're Getting and Managing with Cloud Hosting Providers

  By Susan J. Campbell, Cloud Hosting Contributing Editor
 

One of the benefits often touted with a cloud-based approach to any application is that management can be done offsite, taking that responsibility away from internal employees. This move is quite the cost and time saver for many, but not all cloud hosting solutions completely eliminate in-house management. So how much management will you need? Well, it provides on the solution. Let’s take some time to explore this.


PaaS

The Hosting News recently tackled this topic head on, reporting that there are forms of cloud computing that require variable levels of management. At some levels, companies must maintain their own applications and data while the operating system, platform and virtualization technology is provided out of the box. This Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) approach offers a certain degree of management, while also requiring internal management in tandem.

IaaS

Less management is delivered in a packaged infrastructure with networking, hardware and data center services. The actual platform, applications, operating system and data are all owned and managed by the organization. This Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) approach can save on maintenance costs related to the infrastructure, while also providing more management freedom in-house.

Each Provider is Different, so Take Your Time When Investing

Even within these cloud hosting options, there can be different levels of management. For instance, application customization may be provided by some SaaS (News - Alert) providers while others would prefer that in-house management be eliminated. Likewise, there are platform providers who will offer operating system updates while others will expect the organization to take care of this on their own.

These variances are certainly one of the obvious challenges to cloud hosting. There are some who suggest that standardization should be put in place, but dictated by whom? Customer demand can drive only so much streamlining in an industry where they don’t fully understand what is available. Plus, not all solutions will work in every environment and standardization could limit opportunities in the market for cloud providers able to write their own strategies.

Bottom Line

At the end of the day, it’s more important for a company to fully understand its needs and culture before making a decision on how to proceed with selecting a cloud provider. This demands extensive research so the best fit can be selected and there are no surprises along the way. Providers need to be vetted and tested in real-world environments, making sure the solution can fit the company and not the other way around.

So What Should You Do Now?

 Datapipe (News - Alert) (News - Alert) offers cloud computing and virtualization, compliance, business continuity, disaster recovery, IaaS, PaaS and a Content Delivery Network. With extensive experience and knowledge in a space that is rapidly evolving, Datapipe can guide decision makers through the process to ensure success on the other side.

Check out one award-winning cloud hosting provider, Datapipe. Datapipe is more than well-known for being intently focused on offering companies solutions that meet their specific needs. The company’s cloud-based offerings are designed to provide the right level of management and security for mission-critical IT services. Additionally, company representatives work directly with each client, consulting on their needs and environment to design a solution to match both. 


Edited by Allison Boccamazzo