QuickBlox supports many cloud hosting options in the market including AWS, Google Cloud, Azure, etc. But there are so many options, how can an enterprise be sure they’ve picked the best option to support their communication infrastructure?
We’ll examine the most popular cloud providers in the market, and demonstrate how QuickBlox can deploy server API instances easily to any of these providers for enterprise customers.
Many services – including QuickBlox – provide various subscription plans that are suitable for most SMBs around the world. However, for larger enterprises, these plans may sound limited due to the smaller number of transactions/data they allow per month, which may not be suitable for the size of the enterprise. Thus, enterprises require dedicated hosting rather than using a shared plan hosting like other smaller companies and developers.
This dedicated plan means that a special server API instance of QuickBlox is going to be deployed for the customer on their own hosting, rather than using the official global QuickBlox server API shared by other users. The enterprise customer will be able to use QuickBlox using that dedicated instance for secure business messaging software rather than from official QuickBlox servers.
Shared plans are still great for enterprises to explore the service and see how it is going to serve them, but eventually, a large enterprise will need additional add-ons and customizations, which are not covered in normal subscription plans.
Additionally, due to the nature of enterprises, they would like to maintain complete control of their infrastructure rather than leave it in the hands of a 3rd-party service and shared on servers abroad. Regulations in some countries may not even allow the usage of overseas services.
These reasons may force enterprises to look for dedicated cloud hosting plans rather than shared ones. But the question still arises about which cloud hosting to choose for enterprise communication infrastructure?
Choosing the right hosting provider depends on the requirements of the enterprise application itself, and the pricing and features of the hosting cloud.
The first factor to consider is what requirements will your communication infrastructure need? Do you, for example, expect a large volume of data storage and hence need significant disk space for your data? Or do you require a low-latency network of servers ready all around the globe for your communications? Or perhaps you need the communication infrastructure to integrate easily with other systems you already have in your enterprise?
Exploring the requirements of your application is crucial in deciding which cloud provider to go with because otherwise, they would all look the same to you. Check with your developers what disk, bandwidth, integrations, security, monitoring, compliance, and other features your enterprise application needs before going further in the process.
The second factor to check is the price. Some cloud providers can become costly over time. They also differ in regards to how they charge customers. Some charge based on usage charts, like AWS, while others have fixed plans and limits for each type of usage. You should do the math and consider which types of billing would be better for the features you are going to need.
Finally, look at what features cloud hosting provides to the systems you have in your enterprise. If you are already hosting most of your enterprise infrastructure on AWS, then it would make sense to also host your QuickBlox communication infrastructure on AWS as well so that all your systems are billed and managed in one place rather than with multiple vendors.
This becomes more important for integrations. You may need to link QuickBlox with some of your other systems which are already built on another cloud provider, so you wouldn’t want to make the process too complex and complicated. You may also want to use other parts of the cloud hosting features with your communication infrastructure later on.
So, it is not just the hosting features themselves that matter, but also what other features are available to you eventually in the same cloud network when you need them.
QuickBlox supports Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Alibaba Cloud, and AWS cloud hosting options. Each one of these platforms has its pros and cons and a careful evaluation should include the criteria explained above.
The QuickBlox team can deploy the server API instances to any of these cloud providers based on the enterprise customer’s wishes.
AWS (Amazon Web Services) is the largest cloud provider in the world and powers almost half the Internet on its own. They have more than a hundred web services for various tasks (AI, ML, computing, routing, DNS, hosting etc), so it would be convenient to build other enterprise applications on the same platform. However, AWS could be costly in the long run since the way of calculating billing is based on usage charts and on a number of other factors, rather than a fixed monthly price. Hence, thorough research on costs is required before use.
Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure, both USA-based companies, are good alternatives to AWS. In terms of compliance, provided services, and geolocations they stack up well. But they also suffer from the complexity of pricing, as it varies depending on whether the contract is monthly, yearly, or 3-year based.
Another alternative is Alibaba Cloud, which is the newest cloud provider in the market. Some enterprises may like to host their infrastructure away from the USA and EU and hence Alibaba Cloud, being Chinese-based, is quite different from the other providers in this regard. Also, they offer several fixed monthly payment plans for most of their services rather than a complex billing system. Their prices for web services are also noticeably lower than other competitors on the list, so they are definitely worth checking out.
QuickBlox also supports on-premise hosting deployments for enterprise customers.
On-premise means a private cloud deployment, one which is deployed to the enterprise’s own custom servers rather than a public cloud provider like AWS and others. In this way, QuickBlox server instances are completely managed and run locally on the enterprise’s servers.
This type of hosting can be good for governments and larger enterprises and organizations wishing to completely localize their communication infrastructure. Because the server API instance is locally managed, no access to additional resources from the outside Internet is needed, hence data privacy and security are guaranteed. On-premise hosting solutions are very attractive to agencies requiring maximum privacy for their infrastructure.
Not all Communication Platforms as a service (CPaaS) provide on-premise deployments. In fact, QuickBlox is one of the few communication providers to offer these deployments for enterprise customers. Most other market competitors support only public cloud deployments.
So, we’ve explored the differences between shared, dedicated, and on-premise deployments, and looked in some detail at the main public cloud providers (AWS, Google Cloud, Azure & Alibaba Cloud) all of which QuickBlox supports. The final choice comes down to the enterprise’s specific requirements, desired features, and budget considerations for their business messaging application.
In any case, QuickBlox engineers can deploy to any of them once requested by the enterprise customer.
More information about QuickBlox and its enterprise services is available from the company website.
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