The choice between cloud offerings is crucial when it comes to the management of company data. A 2014 white paper from Cisco projected that by 2018, nearly 78 percent of all workloads will be processed in the cloud. It's important to be able to differentiate between the options faced by businesses looking to expand their data management capabilities into the cloud. When choosing a cloud service provider, businesses will want to make sure they are paying attention to a few key aspects ascertain whether a specific cloud computing solution is the right choice for them.

Ability for growth in the cloud
It's important to learn about cloud hosting options and ensuring the one chosen is not only flexible, but will also support a business as it grows. In order to maintain business growth, it's crucial for a cloud service to be able to change and grow with the company. The Cisco report found that from 2013 to 2018, overall data center workloads will double, but cloud workloads will nearly triple. What this means is that providers should be flexible enough to process increasingly larger workloads.

This is where the pay-as-you-grow model comes in. One of the advantages to having a continually changing pay model, according to Web Host Industry Review contributor Bill Kleyman, is that organizations can add resources as computing needs increase instead of paying for it all up front when they don't really need it. Traditional physical servers do require an up-front investment.

Management tools
Companies should also be aware of the kinds of tools offered by service providers for managing the cloud computing solution. According to PC​ Magazine contributor Matthew Sarrel, tools that facilitate the management of virtualized and cloud services are going to be the most useful to companies looking to expand their cloud services. Detailed reporting, billing and account management tools are essential in keeping track of resources and how much they cost.

Security and support
According to CloudTech contributor Pierluigi Paganini, security and support are two other important considerations that enterprises should take into account when choosing the right cloud service provider. Some smaller businesses have workloads that exist entirely in the cloud – and it would be devastating to them if the service were to go down. Make sure an IaaS cloud provider has a support system in place to help in case of emergencies.

In addition to the support factor, it pays to create the most secure environment for data, so enterprises should make sure to choose a cloud service that offers enough security to keep data safe. Providers should offer explanations of their security protocols and what protection mechanisms are in place.

An option that is flexible and can accommodate growth is going to be the best option for any company as it continues to expand and requires more processing power and storage space. The greater control and flexibility provided by Faction's Layer 2 Direct Connect private cloud offering would be advantageous from any angle. L2 Direct Connect consists of private pathways that run directly to your cloud. This can create added privacy while at the same time reducing the complexity of the computing solution.