1. Security and Compliance:

If you are wondering why we are starting with security, then check out this number. $6 trillion, that’s the amount of annual damage cyber crimes is predicted to cost us by 2021.

Which is precisely why the first thing you need to check while picking your cloud service provider is their security and compliance levels – both physical as well as virtual – this includes the geographical location of their data centers and the local laws of the country they are based in.

There are a number of certifications and standards which guarantee the security preparedness of cloud vendors; their validity must be checked and additional investigations must be carried out by checking internal and third-party audits or reports.

You need to do a deep check of:

  • Security infrastructure and procedures followed by the vendor
  • Identity management and authorizations
  • Physical security controls including the process for natural disasters
  • Policies for data back-up and disaster recovery

2. Technical Capabilities

An obvious point, but it still needs to be reiterated.

Your service provider should have a full stack of technologies that support your current applications and also has the capability to match your future needs.

Cloud partnerships last a long time, and it's important to check the future roadmap of the service provider to understand if they have the mindset to catch trends early and innovate.

Some questions to focus on:

  • Will your current software and applications integrate easily with the service provider’s cloud infrastructure?
  • Do they use standard interfaces and APIs for easy integration?
  • Do they have the capability of providing hybrid cloud computing options and do they have the flexibility to host different cloud environments and systems?
  • Are they backing their capabilities with SLAs?
  • Are they willing and capable to architect solutions tailored to your business?

3. Costs

No two cloud service providers have similar or comparable pricing packages. They each have their own formula of computing cloud costs, and it is almost impossible to make a side-by-side comparison of different vendors. What you need to do is map out your organization’s requirement as minutely as possible and then decide which pricing model suits your needs.

Keep in mind:

  • Consumption timelines as long-term contracts are better priced
  • The flexibility offered by service providers in scaling up or down
  • Check for hidden costs

4. Business Health

The stability of your business depends on the stability of its partners, and you cannot underestimate the importance of a cloud partner. Before finalizing your cloud vendor, it is important to check their business and financial health.

You should check:

  • The company’s financial records
  • Management structure and other third-party relationships
  • Reputation, reviews, and referrals from existing customers
  • For any legal run-ins
  • All available third-party audits

5. Support

Do you just have a phone or chat access or does your service provider offers dedicated account management? How much support you can get from your vendor is another important criteria, that must be considered before finalizing a service provider.

Find out about:

  • Time guarantees for solving technical issues
  • Access to support services – 24x7 or 12x5
  • Cost of opting for dedicated resources

Deciding on a cloud service provider is a long process that demands complete thoroughness and analysis from the CIO and the rest of the team.

Before we leave you to navigate your way to your future cloud partner, here are two more important points that must be considered – Right size and exit strategy.

Keep in mind that to get the best service you need to find a vendor who connects with you and for whom you are a valuable client.

And always plan an exit strategy in case things don’t work out.

Best of Luck!

CloudIQ Tech, a growing cloud company, helping businesses, big or small, make the right cloud move to realize the true economies of cloud, has announced that it has achieved a Gold status for the Microsoft Cloud Platform Competency. The gold level is the highest Microsoft partner level, putting CloudIQ in an exclusive category with the other top partners.

The milestone achievement demonstrates CloudIQ Tech’s deep commitment, vast expertise in Microsoft cloud solutions and its team’s willingness to acquire in-depth knowledge and proficiency in Cloud tools and solutions while uniquely aligning them to evolving Microsoft’s Cloud Strategy and Competency goals. It is to be noted that to earn a Microsoft Gold Competency Certification, partner’s team members must successfully demonstrate their level of technology expertise in general, and deep knowledge of Microsoft and its products in particular. It is a valuable recognition by Microsoft for its partner’s holistic expertise in designing, migrating, integrating and delivering Windows-based applications and infrastructure solutions in the cloud using the Microsoft platform.

Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Prem Kumar Kandalu, CEO of CloudIQ Tech, said ”By achieving a Gold Competency, our dream to be part of the distinguished top 1 percent of Microsoft’s partner ecosystem has come true. This is a major step towards our objective of becoming a well known strategic player in Microsoft Cloud Solutions. Already within a short span of time we had become an Azure Gold Partner and now this Gold status for Microsoft Cloud Platform Competency will help us deliver cloud solutions with more confidence so that our customers drive innovative solutions on the latest Microsoft technology and move ahead successfully”.

About CloudIQ Tech:

CloudIQ Tech is a technology company helping businesses get the best out of emerging technologies, innovation and creative ideas. Our firm conviction that cloud is the way to go has enabled us to invest considerable time and efforts in R&D, focusing in designing, building, and managing cloud infrastructures and solutions that are uncomplicated, easily deployable, scalable while delivering the much needed edge from day one to our customers. The efforts are continual, ably supported by our team of cloud technical experts holding the highest possible certificate levels in designing, developing and implementing AWS and Azure cloud-based solutions.

Today our portfolio includes a range of Solutions & Services that comprise Cloud Consulting, Cloud Migration, Cloud Infrastructure Management services and Managed Cloud services besides DevOps Orchestration and home grown cloud apps and products. These cloud solutions empower people and organizations to innovate, increase operational efficiency, find opportunities to reduce cost and increase profits, and stay ahead of competition

Having achieved the Gold status for Microsoft Cloud Platform Competency will help us deliver cloud solutions with more confidence so that our customers drive innovative solutions on the latest Microsoft technology and move ahead successfully.


CloudIQ is a leading Cloud Consulting and Solutions firm that helps businesses solve today’s problems and plan the enterprise of tomorrow by integrating intelligent cloud solutions. We help you leverage the technologies that make your people more productive, your infrastructure more intelligent, and your business more profitable. 


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