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5 Factors Startups Should Consider While Choosing a Cloud Provider

Cloud Computing has a significant role to play in making startups successful. From San Francisco to London to Israel to Bengaluru, many early-stage startups utilised the cloud in rapidly scaling their businesses.

During the last five years, many new players entered the market, making it tough for startups to choose the right platform. While choice is always good, it can also get confusing for the developers in taking the first step towards the cloud.

Here are five factors that developers and startups need to consider when choosing their first cloud provider.

  1. Simplicity

One of the first factors to consider when evaluating a cloud platform is its simplicity. Most of the cloud providers expose functionality through a confusing user experience, which may be overwhelming for beginners. The consoles of popular cloud providers make you feel you are in a Boeing 747 cockpit. There are way too many knobs, dials, switches, and levers to deal with.

The other important aspect of the cloud platform is the pricing model. Startups operate within a limited budget, and they prefer to have a predictable cost structure. Many cloud providers make it complex and confusing to calculate the monthly outflow. With separate pricing for compute, storage, bandwidth, monitoring, and support, it turns out be impossible to accurately predict the cost of running your application in the cloud.

DigitalOcean is one of the cloud platforms that is designed with simplicity in mind. It targets developers through an intuitive user interface, usable API, and a powerful command line interface. The platform appeals to novices as well as experienced system administrators. Startups can easily deploy their applications without relying on third-party consultants.

Google Cloud Platform is another example of simple user experience. Following Google’s core design principles, the cloud console has just enough controls to make the interface simple to use.

Startups must prefer a cloud provider that doesn’t overwhelm the developers. They should be able to get started easily and scale the infrastructure without the learning curve involved in mastering the user interface and complex terminology.

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Janakiram MSV is an analyst, advisor, and architect. Follow him on Twitter,  Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Janakiram MSV heads the Cloud Infrastructure Services at Aditi Technologies. He was the founder and CTO of Get Cloud Ready Consulting, a niche Cloud Migration and Cloud Operations firm that recently got acquired by Aditi Technologies. In his current role, he leads a highly talented engineering team that focuses on migrating and managing applications deployed on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.
Janakiram is an industry analyst with deep understanding of Cloud services. Through his speaking, writing and analysis, he helps businesses take advantage of the emerging technologies. He leverages his experience of engaging with the industry in developing informative and practical research, analysis and authoritative content to inform, influence and guide decision makers. He analyzes market trends, new products / features, announcements, industry happenings and the impact of executive transitions.
Janakiram is one of the first few Microsoft Certified Professionals on Windows Azure in India. Demystifying The Cloud, an eBook authored by Janakiram is downloaded more than 100,000 times within the first few months. He is the Chief Editor of a popular portal on Cloud called www.CloudStory.in that covers the latest trends in Cloud Computing. Janakiram is an analyst with the GigaOM Pro analyst network where he analyzes the Cloud Services landscape. He is a guest faculty at the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H) where he teaches Big Data and Cloud Computing to students enrolled for the Masters course. As a passionate speaker, he has chaired the Cloud Computing track at premier events in India.
He has been the keynote speaker at many premier conferences, and his seminars are attended by thousands of architects, developers and IT professionals. His sessions are rated among the best in every conference he participates.
Janakiram has worked at the world-class product companies including Microsoft Corporation, Amazon Web Services and Alcatel-Lucent. Joining as the first employee of Amazon Web Services in India, he was the AWS Technology Evangelist. Prior to that, Janakiram spent 10 years at Microsoft Corporation where he was involved in selling, marketing and evangelizing the Microsoft Application Platform and Tools.