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Cloud Provider Survey – what do you look for most in a provider of cloud services

Cloud provider survey

I’m currently putting together a website aimed at the cloud services market. People will be able to choose the best provider for them based on what parameters are most important to them. With that in mind I’m doing a cloud provider survey and as a little exercise I’m asking readers to tell me what are the most important aspects of a cloud service that they look for when choosing a provider.

I could make this a highly complex questionnaire but I’m not going to. If you could either just leave a comment or email me with a brief list of your priorities that would help me greatly.

The things to consider include price, performance, SLA, security and support etc. How do you go about choosing a provider?

The site is initially going to focus on storage and web computing services but I anticipate expanding the range of services covered to include applications. Even hosted VoIP could eventually make the list.

All comments (or emails if you want to keep it private) gratefully acknowledged. I’ll be taking all the inputs on board and playing them into the design of the new site.

Thanks in advance.


Trefor Davies

By Trefor Davies

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2 replies on “Cloud Provider Survey – what do you look for most in a provider of cloud services”

I always consider the following:

Average uptime % (ie. 99.99%)

Planned maintenance per quarter (6 Hours)

Total Availability [uptime less planned maintenance] (99.72%}

Recovery time objective (2hours)

Recovery point objective (1hour)


DC Location

DC Mirroring / Pairing / Backup / replication.

PS Can you guess which cloud service stats I have used as my examples?

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