Wading your way through the multi-faceted Asian cloud
By Amit Sinha Roy, Vice President, Global Enterprise Solutions, Tata Communications 21-Aug-2011
The ideal cloud vendor
Before engaging a cloud vendor, companies should carefully examine the vendor’s cloud capabilities, the available compute and storage capacity, the availability of 24 x 7 monitoring, support and management facilities, as well as its security and disaster recovery procedures.
Another aspect to keep in mind is the service provider’s connectivity bandwidth and capacity at the point of hosting. If they have cloud datacenter on a high bandwidth low-latency connection, users would have excellent access to the cloud infrastructure resources.
Owing to the high level of investment that is required, only a few regional data centers in Asia are able to deploy state-of-the-art cloud data centre technology and equip personnel with the skills to offer a high capacity public cloud infrastructure. Maintaining superior connectivity to the cloud and accommodating customisation, even while maintaining standard hardware configurations to suit a broad range of customers, are also essential.