Developing a SaaS app takes a lot of planning and time investment, not to mention the rigorous testing required on a development and testing friendly host to ensure your product can achieve maximum availability and scale to your customers’ needs.
Whether it’s an online degree program service, an analytics tracking tool, or an e-commerce service, you will not run out of options to scale the computing resources.
You’ll find distinguished cloud service providers like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Rackspace Cloud. Either you rent or buy servers from these vendors, but each approach has advantages and disadvantages. You really have to spend time in comparing the packages to meet your IT needs.
You may consider buying your own server and setting it up by yourself and while this is a viable option, you want to focus on developing and improving your SaaS app at the same time. In many cases, outsourcing servers is the best option, especially if you plan to expand your business and wanting something cost-efficient.
These factors below will help you to consider which hosting solution is suitable for you:
Cloud vendor as a service provider and partner – Find a hosting solution that goes beyond the norm of providing a service, but partners with you too. A company that can assist you in building the foundation of your SaaS app for creating, testing, and deploying your app.
Support in migration of existing SaaS apps – It would be estimable that the cloud vendor can support your existing apps and help you in the migration process. Make sure that the hosting solution comes in different sizes and shapes, providing you the right architecture to host both new and existing apps.
Watch out for the SLAs (service level agreements) – Does the vendor offer aggressive SLAs you can choose from? We all know the importance of integrating mission-critical apps in the cloud, so it’s important to inquire about the SLAs for 100% production platform of your service.
Flexible and scalable cloud servers – Browse through the services and find out if the vendor offers flexible cloud architecture as your reference. Take note of the cloud deployment, load balanced cloud, storage and how everything is connected and deployed once you use the resources. How does the architecture look like if you use a hybrid cloud solution? These things should be considered. Check out the pricing plans (pay as you go) and make sure there are no hidden charges. You can compare the prices of your top ten vendors. Usually they offer a subscription-based model per month or per hour on rented servers.
High availability and performance – Keeping the service live on the web is highly crucial. Partner with a cloud vendor with a high availability and performance on its services, which you can scale whenever your app or service demands during peak seasons. The key is to find a cloud vendor that allows you to spin up servers with a corresponding OS you can deploy to keep up with the demand of your app.
Aside from these factors, find out if the cloud vendor matches your compliance needs and has a transparent TOS (terms of service). Also, make sure you know how they handle your data and app once you sign up.