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When shopping for cloud services, you’ll encounter providers claiming to offer “cloud solutions.”

But not every cloud is created equal.

Some so-called cloud services fall short of true cloud capabilities.

How can you tell the difference between a real and “fake” cloud?


Pay attention to infrastructure details

True cloud platforms rely on shared pools of computing resources rather than specific hardware or servers.

This allows flexibility and on-demand scalability.

Fake clouds are often just traditional hosting or software delivery models in disguise.


Assess the level of self-service provided

True clouds give you control to spin up resources and manage your environment without relying on the provider.

Fake clouds require the vendor to handle provisioning and adjustments.


Look for broad, easy access

With a real cloud, you can connect from anywhere, seamlessly, as long as you have an internet connection and the right credentials.

Fake clouds may restrict access.


Make sure robust data protections are in place like frequent backups and disaster recovery capabilities

True clouds make this easy while fake clouds can lack options.


Only true clouds deliver the full advantages of the cloud like flexibility, scalability, resilience and tight security controls.

Know how to recognize the differences to find the right fit.