What makes a cloud platform great? With so many options out there, it can be difficult to narrow the options down. Discover 4 key qualities to look for (beyond the obvious).

As an increasing number of organizations realize the urgent need and incredible value presented by cloud technology as a key Digital Transformation enabler, the obvious question often arises: What makes a good cloud platform, good?

If we stopped you to ask you to name the top factors behind cloud service robustness off the top of your head, you’d probably point to:

  • Scalability
  • Uptime
  • Speed
  • Security
  • High Availability

There are plenty of cloud services providers who specialize in specific and nuanced characteristics of cloud delivery, like data centers, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) vendors, Platform as a Service (PaaS) vendors, or Software as a Service (SaaS) providers. But whichever vendor space you aim to explore, it’s highly likely that they base their value propositions on these five key factors.

Your cloud services provider should ideally demonstrate all five of these factors, and they should excel in them. However, we believe that these five elements shouldn’t be ideal qualities, they should be requisite. You should never settle for a provider that is anything less than fantastic at delivering these key qualities. But even if these five qualities are met by the cloud services provider, this doesn’t necessarily guarantee that they will provide excellent service. Don’t find yourself in the position of having a qualified provider that delivers a poor experience.

With that in mind, how can you avoid a less than stellar cloud provider? Let’s explore the top four must-have qualities that go beyond the five obvious necessities discussed above. Specifically:

  • A Customer-Centric Culture
  • Compatibility
  • Stability
  • Compliance

These areas may not be headliners, but they’re critical.

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