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Top 5 Features of a Quality Cloud Provider

Do you know where your cloud is?

Picking the right cloud provider is a crucial element in a company's overall infrastructure plan. Recently, some big name providers have been realigning their service offerings and doing away with cloud as a service. These realignments are leaving some companies questioning the reliability of their cloud provider. If you are planning a move to the cloud, consider the following to be the most important things to look at in a cloud service provider.

 

Where will your data actually be stored?
Knowing the location of your data is crucial for any cloud solution. Involta owns and operates 11 data centers across the country so wherever you are, you can be as close to your data as you want. 

Will you have flexible and predictable data access charges?
Involta builds cloud solutions that include six access charges so clients can have the flexibility they need.

What type of infrastructure will your cloud be built on?
Involta has Tier 1 cloud infrastructure solutions from EMC and Cisco. We also have partnerships with many enterprise-level IT providers such as Veeam, Citrix, AT&T and HP. Involta employs highly certified engineers who hold more than 200 different certifications. 

What type of technical support will be available to you?
At Involta, we practice what we preach.This means that our company's infrastructure is built on the same technical solutions that we use for our clients. It also means that we employee highly certified engineers that are involved on a daily basis in the architecting, building and deployment of platforms from Cisco, EMC, Vmware and more. Involta's engineers have more than 200 combined certifications and their expertise is just one of the benefits we extend to our clients. All our technical support is under the same roof as your data. Our engineers can monitor, test and proactively maintain your infrastructure. 

Does the provider offer built-in high availability?
We understand that our clients can't afford to have outages. That's why Involta builds redundancy into critical business systems. We build multiple roads in your network, storage, and application layers so your employees can access the information and apps they need.

The Difference: Public vs. Private Clouds

Like many things, the difference between public and private clouds is best illustrated with an analogy. 

Public cloud is like buying gym memberships for your employees. You’re essentially purchasing a share of a larger cloud space maintained by an external provider. 

Then there’s private cloud. Think of private cloud as building a company gym. It’s a cloud tailored to meet the current and future needs of your enterprise.

How do you weigh the advantages and drawbacks of each? Which one is best for your business? Choose carefully.

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