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Finding the right cloud computing partner

It’s clear that cloud computing is no longer a do-it-yourself venture, especially in the enterprise. A lot of companies can roll their own applications on Amazon Web Services for one-off projects, or for prototyping and testing, but for many enterprise application rollouts, a cloud computing consulting partner is becoming essential.

And there are a growing number of partners out there to help. Last week Forbes’ Ben Kepes wrote about AWS partner 2nd Watch landing $10 million in financing on the heels of 600% Q2 growth. 2nd Watch is one of about two dozen Premier Partners on the AWS Partner Network, which has more than 1,000 members.

How to choose a partner is another story. While 2nd Watch specializes in AWS, others, like Cloud Technology Partners, are more cloud agnostic. A good place to start is SearchAWS.com expert Ofir Nachmani’s tip on selecting an AWS partner, which asks you to consider first what type of AWS partner you need.

The answer to that question depends on your business need. So, in the end, the decision to go to infrastructure-as-a-service requires the same strategic approach as all your old-school technology needs. Don’t be afraid to trust the experts.

Check out sister publication Modern Infrastructure this month on your take on the best consulting partners for AWS.

If you are going to be at AWS re:Invent, please let me know what you’ll be checking out.

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