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What to Do Before Choosing a Cloud Service Provider

June 15, 2016

Cloud ComputingThese days, if you have not yet considered using the cloud for your data storage needs, then you are missing out on a wealth of benefits that can be gained from doing so. Aside from lower costs, you also get data security through encryption and password protection, business continuity via the information you stored in the cloud, and possibilities of better work-life balance with telecommuting. While these are all laudable benefits one gets when the cloud is used, you should be aware that before you do jump on this bandwagon that due diligence is still required.

Before choosing a provider, some research is in order. You need to find out what you can about the provider you are considering, and the other alternatives you have, in order to ensure that you are not only getting your money’s worth, but also that your data is indeed safe in their hands. To do this, here are a few things you need to do before signing on the dotted line.

Find out more about the company or companies you are considering working with by doing a little background check.

The internet is chock-full of information on numerous companies that you can choose from, and reading through testimonials, reviews, and even forum conversations can help you determine whether a company can be trusted with your data or not.

You have to remember that you will be storing important data in their servers and any possibility of breach can greatly affect your company. Knowing if a cloud service provider is trustworthy via the words of those who have already worked with them can help assuage any reservations you may have regarding security and data safety.

Ask questions, and afterwards, ask still more questions, but know what answers to expect before doing so.

Do your research regarding how the cloud works, what to expect, and what should be done in order to ensure that your data is indeed safe. Questions should be asked regarding encryption, passwords, storage size, scalability, and many more. Do not hesitate to ask for clarifications if some things seem rather off or obscure to you.

You should know all you need to know about using such a service. There are people who think you know nothing about the technology, and these are the ones who may try to give you the runaround. Not all providers are as forthright and trustworthy as others, so knowing what answers should be given to your questions can help you determine off-the-bat who is trying to shake you down and who is offering you a legitimate service you can trust. Knowledge is your friend here, and while it may take a bit of time trying to understand all the nuances of the cloud, it is worth learning about in order to ensure your data’s safety.

These are just a couple of things you need to do in order to ensure that you are choosing the right cloud service provider for your business. Other things you can do are to ask for referrals, request for a complete list of services with descriptions and guarantees, and to peruse the SLAs of these providers with the help of a knowledgeable party. These can help you find out what you need to before entrusting your valuable company data to these service providers.

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