A simple search in Google opens up endless possibilities for cloud hosting providers. But what should you be looking for to make that all-important decision?
Below, we’ve drawn up a list some things to consider when choosing a cloud hosting provider. This is by no means a comprehensive list, do your homework!
UK/US based – If your website is UK based, having a UK IP and host means that Google will look more favorably on your website. For SEO, a UK hosted site will appear higher in the search. Several budget hosts are US based – this can also cause problems for support queries.
Type of hosting solution – The most important thing to consider is that your business will have its individual requirements. Do you need management? Or do you have an in-house IT team that will manage your servers and applications?
Cost of contract – Budget hosts will offer a very selective service, and whilst their monthly costs may seem attractive, you have to consider what you will be compromising. Fully managed hosts can offer greater security, performance and a support service, but do tend to be more expensive.
Support – Does the host offer an adequate support service? You need to consider whether you will be making use of this service and how often. It may be worth investing in a management contract with a fully managed host so that experts can support your websites and applications.
SLA – All hosts should offer a Service Level Agreement (SLA). If the host is not providing the service level that they promised, then there must be a financial repayment for loss of service. Consider how much of an impact this could have on your business.
Data Centre – Is the data centre in the EU, Tier 3/ 4 ? You need to make sure that your valuable business data is stored in a safe, reputable data centre with unrivalled connectivity and has a disaster recovery solution.
How secure? – Does the host offer a reliable security infrastructure? Is data backed up? Firewalls included ? DDoS mitigation devices? Data encryption? Also consider the security of the business itself; are they ISO 27001 certified for data security?
Hidden costs – Do you have to pay for migration and set up? How much does it cost to add additional resources?
Flexible? – How easy is it to scale up resources? Consider that using a US host could cause complications when needing to immediately upgrade.
Reputation – Does the host have good online reviews? Read about the company online, do your research.