Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) has become a competitive landscape as more companies big and small have jumped into the IaaS cloud computing space after being dominated by Amazon. Eric Knorr of InfoWorld provides some tips on Network World on how to choose an IaaS solution provider right for your needs.
- First and foremost, start with a good sense of your basic compute, storage and networking needs.
- Reserving infrastructure resources in advance can sometimes be cheaper than pay-as-you-go, understand your options.
- Review the service level agreements (SLA), does it meet your needs? What happens when an outage occurs?
- Take advantage of any trials in order to explore and gauge the experience of the IT and business teams. Mr. Knorr points out that although consistent performance and multi-data-center redundancy are great, you cannot forget about the actual experience of peers.
- Understand the IaaS providers’ features. What pre-built services are available? Is there an auto-scaling and load balancing service as examples?
- Take a look at the providers storage and networking offerings. Most offer object and block storage options, but do they offer cloud storage gateway, virtual private cloud or content delivery network services?
- Does the IaaS provider maintain database services?
As stated before, a clear sense of your compute, storage and networking needs is the best starting point for allowing you to properly evaluate your IaaS options.