When you make wise decisions, there is never just one factor involved. In fact, that is arguably a way in which to be considerably unwise. If you choose to buy a house solely on price, you may be living in a very outdated house with a leaking roof. If you choose to buy a house solely on location, you may be overpaying. Similar to this, when considering which infrastructure platforms to partner with for your IT environment, it would be unwise to only consider one aspect, or to have tunnel vision when it comes to price. Instead, it’s important to remember the uniqueness of your business and of your business requirements and to use that model to drive your decisions when it comes to datacenter selections. Microsoft has the ability to help customers enjoy an end-to-end Microsoft experience. From the cloud platform and the applications to software running through that Cloud, you can have a solely Microsoft environment. However, Microsoft has also begun to become more permeable to outside organizations that can enhance your environment as well, including Linux. This adds flexibility and added customization to your unique solution. We don’t have a balance sheet to determine which public cloud platform is best because the truth is that every business has different goals and requirements. So, if we did have access to a master list of pros and cons to public cloud platforms that are on the market today, we would most likely suggest you throw it away and adopt a more customized set of questions that will help to narrow down your business drivers. When choosing a cloud platform and Datacenter, education is the key to understanding the best route for your business. Interviewing yourself (or allow New Signature to guide your cloud adoption). Some typical questions that New Signature will ask you when we administer our introductory analysis of your IT environment are: · What are your main business drivers? · What are your future state goals? · What is most important to you? · How does this affect your business? · Is cloud or hybrid best for your business? The answers to these questions can lead your team in different directions and help you determine the best solution for you. This is one major reason that New Signature takes cloud readiness so seriously. Before your organization jumps into cloud adoption, it needs to be prepared for the cloud and prepared for the proper platform, solution, and Datacenter set up. This will lead to a more optimized cloud infrastructure, as well as an environment that is poised for scalability and future success. If you’re ready to migrate to a cloud environment, New Signature experts can help to prepare you to take those first steps in confidence through our Cloud Readiness Assessment.