Don’t worry about selecting the ‘wrong’ public cloud

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The reality is that it matters much more about what you do after you pick the provider than which one you pick.
When I speak in public about cloud architecture, I’m often asked a question with no right answer: “Which public cloud should we use?” Not knowing much about what “we” is, there is no right answer. While I can list the top two players, they may be wrong for “we’s” problem domain when taking into account special issues such as performance requirements, security, and compliance. No matter which public cloud you pick, it will have upsides and downsides, depending on who you work for and your specific needs. What you need to do to answer that question is simple: Get your requirements in order first before you even start exploring the public cloud market. However, enterprises are not likely to do that in the real world. Partnerships are formed in the early stages, and enterprises often have a ton of credits that they can only turn into a single public cloud service brand. Whatever the reason, it’s not stretching the truth to say that most enterprises select a cloud provider based on items other than business and technical requirements.
So, while picking the optimal public cloud based on requirements is the best practice, that selection won’t determination your success or failure. It’s what you do with that that’s more important that which cloud you pick.

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