Are Google Cloud, AWS & Microsoft Azure Ideal for a Growing Business?

Are Google Cloud, AWS & Microsoft Azure Ideal for a Growing Business?

Dissecting the Pros & Cons of Popular Big Tech Cloud Storage Solutions

As more and more businesses shift to cloud operations, so too does their spending, which is growing steadily each year. At the same time, software-as-a-service or infrastructure-as-a-service platforms continue to pop up to service these technology needs in the cloud.

Along with Microsoft’s Azure, one of the most popular options, there are other cloud infrastructure offerings from big tech as well. Google has Google Cloud and Amazon has AWS. Each of these offers similar tech solutions for businesses. They allow for cloud storage, cloud application support, security services, backups, computing power, and more.

But with so many options available, sometimes it’s hard to know which option is right for a growing business. Below we’ll look at some of the pros and cons of using Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, and Amazon Web Services in a business setting, and look at some other options, including going with a dedicated “bare metal” server.

Benefits of Azure for Business

  • Allows you to move servers off-premises
  • Low startup costs
  • Can get up and running immediately
  • Integrates with Office 365 tools

Drawbacks of Azure for Business

  • High costs when growing/scaling
  • Difficult to match your needs with the appropriate offerings/configurations
  • Once you start on Azure, it can be very difficult to change cloud providers --- especially when it comes to applications
  • Potential for hidden fees

Benefits of Google Cloud for Business

  • Allows you to move servers off-premises
  • Low startup costs
  • Can get up and running immediately
  • Integrates with Office 365 tools

Drawbacks of Google Cloud for Business

  • High costs when growing/scaling
  • Difficult to match your needs with the appropriate offerings/configurations
  • Once you start on Azure, it can be very difficult to change cloud providers --- especially when it comes to applications
  • Potential for hidden fees

Benefits of AWS for Business

  • Allows you to move servers off-premises
  • Low startup costs
  • Can get up and running immediately
  • Integrates with Office 365 tools

Drawbacks of AWS for Business

  • High costs when growing/scaling
  • Difficult to match your needs with the appropriate offerings/configurations
  • Once you start on Azure, it can be very difficult to change cloud providers --- especially when it comes to applications
  • Potential for hidden fees

The Upshot

Before selecting a cloud storage provider, it’s important to consult with an expert who can

  1. Evaluate your business needs
  2. Take inventory of your data needs, CPU requirements, and applications used
  3. Understand your hardware --- especially when unique configurations are required as in healthcare, artificial intelligence, etc

Cloud storage decisions can really be make-or-break for a business. They just need everything to work properly. As there is no true one-size-fits-all solution, business owners would be best served to explore their options thoroughly, and get multiple expert opinions. Because oftentimes once decisions are made, they can be very difficult to undo.

Benefits of Using a Dedicated Bare Metal Service with Healthcare Adaptive Computing Solutions

Unlike with the solutions mentioned above, with a bare metal service, you won’t be using shared hardware, you’ll have a dedicated hardware solution tailored and customized to your needs. You’ll have a partner with the business sense, the technological bandwidth, and the experience to deliver you with a customized and personalized solution, and your costs will be totally transparent.

  • Application support
  • Merchant accounts (for ecommerce)
  • Data tracking & analytics
  • Back-up & disaster recovery solutions
  • Ability to move your data around freely
  • Regulation friendly (including HIPAA, GDPR, etc.)
  • No hidden fees

Healthcare Adaptive Computing Solutions helps businesses in healthcare & technology move to the cloud seamlessly and without interruption. Many of our customers use our dedicated bare metal services, which are ready to scale, built with growth in mind, and involve one fixed low monthly cost. Learn more about our bare metal services for businesses to see if they might be right for you.

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