Which Cloud Provider Should I Choose for my Business? | Tech Talk

Which Cloud Provider Should I Choose for my Business? | Tech Talk


[music] Hey, welcome to another Tech Talk. I’m Nick. I’m joined again by Chad. He’s our Chief Information
Officer here at Aldridge. Today we’re going to be
talking about cloud providers. There’s a lot of options out there. I’m hoping that we can
demystify it a little bit for you and also help you make
a good informed decision as you go to choose
the provider of your choice. Let’s talk about the differences between
some of the main options out there. I’m sure there’s a lot of names
that people have heard but I know Amazon Web Services is large. You’ve got also Azure from Microsoft. You’ve got, you know
people have private clouds. Let’s talk about some of the differences that a client would be able
to make choices between. Well, it’s important when
you’re thinking about cloud providers to not be thinking about a name
or a particular technology that’s out there. It’s really what is it going to do for you. How are you going to utilize it? To that end, there’s
really several different types of cloud provider out there, even though
they all are in the same space. They’re all cloud providers. They don’t all do
and offer the exact same thing. We try to look at what
are we trying to accomplish? Towards that end, people like Amazon Microsoft, even Google, to some extent will offer server hosting or services hosting. If you really want to run your own
servers that makes a lot of sense. For some applications
that’s really what’s required but we’re finding that more
and more people are shifting to utilizing software from the cloud. That’s more a matter of saying
“I need to subscribe to email services” “or I need to subscribe to file
services like Microsoft SharePoint.” Overall, within the industry
we’re seeing more and more businesses adopting
the Microsoft Cloud on that. Microsoft offers a service specifically
like the Office 365 products but it’s really about choosing the right mix for what the business
is trying to accomplish. When a business
is looking to make a choice between these providers
what are some of the questions that they should be asking themselves
or what should they be using as a decision? You want to be thinking about who’s got the industry-leading solutions within particular categories that
you most want to take advantage of but you also want to think about
the robustness of the ecosystem around it. How many other products
do they have that you could potentially grow to that they can tie in without
you then having solution over here and solution over here
that don’t necessarily talk? One of the things
that you hinted out was this idea of a private cloud or not using
one of the large ones like Amazon or like Azure, but maybe
using an IT company’s private cloud. Would we recommend
that to any of our clients? I would have a hard time
recommending private cloud for most cases today because it really
locks you in to a particular solution. You lose the portability
and you lose the ability to select best of breed
and to have more components to add in around that
solution that you started with. How would Aldridge help clients
choose the right provider for them? The conversation always starts
with what’s the business in? What are we trying to do?
What’s the landscape look like today? From that we’ve even
gone through and itemized out let’s look at all the types of things
we’re looking to accomplish. Let’s consider what it would look
like if we ran it on premise or what would it look like
if we ran it in software as a service? If we could subscribe to these products or what would it look
like if we ran full servers in something like the Microsoft Cloud? You really have to look at it and say, “What’s my experience going
to be with each of those solutions?” “How do they work together?” Then, “What are my implementation” “my monthly operating costs
and my long-term total cost of ownership?” At that point, we can really
have an informed conversation to make some business level decisions thinking about three
four years down the road. A client would actually
be working with somebody that’s been assigned to help them
make these types of decisions. Certainly, our clients
that are engaged with us usually are working with their CIO for this. The CIO role within Aldridge
is really about the longer term strategy. When you’re talking about where
are we going to commit resources what are we going to subscribe to? How are all these things
going to work together? That really is a CIO-level conversation because the CIO is tasked with taking
what you’ve expressed to me as your business initiatives
for the years ahead and making sure
that we’re coming to you with the right IT solutions
that are aligned to support that because we have the responsibility
to make sure they meet the need. When we’re talking
about having data in a cloud one thing people might be wondering is whether they need
to worry about backing it up or should they just trust
the cloud provider to back it up. What’s our stance on that?
What do we recommend to clients? Most cloud providers offer a basic level
of restore recovery capability. Usually, that means that they’ll guarantee
that if the equipment goes down they’ll resort to the operating state
that it was maybe half a day ago. They’ll get your system back up and running but they won’t necessarily help you
restore a file from six months ago or 18 months ago that somebody overwrote or accidentally deleted and no one
noticed for that duration of time. We always supplement
that with a backup solution because we’re really not just looking to say “I need to turn the server
back online to how it was” “when the cloud provider had an issue.” “I want to turn it back online
to the point where it was a week ago” “because I recognize that
there was some problems” “with the software that maybe
it was caused by new installation” “or something didn’t configure properly
we need to roll it back.” We do have to use third-party solutions or at least a cloud service
provider solution for that. If you have any questions
and you are a client of Aldridge make sure that you reach out to your CIO as they’re ready and willing to help you. If you’re not a current client of Aldridge
and you want more information feel free to visit our website
at www.aldridge.com. We’d love to have a chat
with you and see how we can help. [music]

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