When most people think of the cloud, they generally think of two providers: Amazon Web Service (AWS) or Microsoft Azure. There’s plenty of good reasons for this; the cloud technology these two offer has enabled countless businesses to transform the customer experience they offer.
But in recent years, the market has diversified – and there are now more options available for companies looking to migrate to the cloud, such as UKFast’s new eCloud VPC – Virtual Private Cloud product. So, with so many options now on the table – how do you ensure you choose the right one for your business? Let’s take a closer look at the differences between AWS, Azure and eCloud VPC.
When it comes to the market’s giants, AWS and Azure, there are two main reasons that customers choose to migrate to and continue using these cloud services:
These platforms come with a wide range of technological potential, with as many as several hundred resources and services being available on a pay-as-you-go basis. Non technical teams can therefore access technology like AI, machine learning, automatic transcription and much more. This is helpful for those with particularly intensive DevOps requirements, or anyone looking to experiment with new technology without a significant cost outlay.
Businesses with particularly elastic usage requirements generally find that AWS and Azure are well suited to their needs. That’s because these providers use hyperscale cloud technology, allowing their customers to quickly scale their usage up and down at a moment’s notice. This is useful for those with unpredictable and resource intensive requirements, such as eCommerce providers who have to manage erratic changes in consumer demand.
Large public cloud platforms are fantastic solutions when used correctly – but they’re not right for everybody. Many smaller businesses, or those without technical expertise, will often find they can save money and better manage their technology in a VMware-based cloud platform like eCloud VPC.
Despite their many benefits, cloud platforms like AWS and Azure can be difficult for non-technical teams to manage. That means customers usually have to go through a managed service provider to manage their cloud environment – which could cost anywhere up to £10,000.
eCloud VPC is much easier for non-technical teams to manage. It allows you to assign resources, spin up new resources in a few clicks and automate your environment entirely from within the self-service MyUKFast environment.
In some cloud environments, the pay-as-you-go consumption model can be difficult to manage or predict without cloud expertise. eCloud VPC offers repeatable, transparent and predictable costs, without any danger of shock bills. Based on just 13 metrics, it allows you to create your own cost model, purchasing only the individual resources you need, rather than settling for pre-bundled resources of CPU, RAM and others.
The journey to AWS and Azure can be difficult because it often requires applications and workflows to be re-architected to make the most of the new environment. This is because these cloud data centres are built on different technology to the VMware generally found in an on-premises server. But with a VMware-based cloud solution like eCloud VPC, this isn’t the case, making it particularly useful for old or highly bespoke applications that would be difficult to re-architect.
When it comes to the cloud, there’s no one-size fits all approach. Whether you’re building a customer app, data platform or virtual machines, it’s important to find the right service for the right challenge. That might involve going for a public cloud provider like AWS or Azure – or a VMware-based platform like eCloud VPC. You could also use a combination of both of these services and/or on-premises servers as well – using a hybrid or multi cloud setup to get the best service for each individual app or workflow.
At UKFast, our expert team can help you find, implement and manage the right cloud solution for you – whatever cloud or combination of services that involves. That’s because we offer:
This means we can take an objective look at your challenges and find the right solution for you – whatever that may be.