Moving all or part of your operations to a public cloud provider will be the most substantial decision many CTOs and CIOs will make in their careers, and a misstep could cripple your company for years. For some, the decision is strictly a cloud cost comparison, though trying to compare costs across public cloud vendors is like mattress shopping, where there’s enough nuance to make the apples-to-apples comparison virtually impossible.
On the other hand, sticking with one of the top four cloud vendors (Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and IBM) significantly cuts down the cost risk because these behemoths are in a constant price war. With cloud costs aside, what’s often much more crucial are the deep intangibles that exist to drive current and future projects to a definitive success. Unfortunately, these intangibles are applicable to the objective in slightly different ways and often require reasonable scrutiny to deduce.