4 minute readThings to Know Before Opting For Cloud Storage Services
The need for cloud services has grown exponentially over the years. It seems to be more convenient to operate and work using cloud services. However, opting for a cloud storage service would require in-depth knowledge of how it works and how it will benefit your organization.
Cloud storage is a model of collaborative data that can be remotely accessed from anywhere. The virtualization of extraordinary amounts of data is stored on dedicated servers’ offsite. The revolution has caught the attention of stakeholders and business owners due to its cost-efficiency and swift operation.
Before signing up with a certain cloud storage service, it is crucial to understand its pros and cons. Here are a few things you should consider:
1. Everything Needs To Be In Writing
There are cases that cloud storage firms set terms and conditions in their favor. This is often the case when negotiation is done verbally. Any other conditions or clauses need to be drafted in a separate contract. You need to get everything in writing to make it official.
2. Who Is Responsible For A Loss In Services Rendered?
It is normal for such service providers to dust off any liability due to services not rendered. Therefore it is a point of notice to make sure that the service provider compensates you in such cases. This is one thing you need to discuss and decide with the service provider before signing the contract.
3. Setting a Standard with Service-Level Agreements
How can an organization ensure that it receives a consistent quality of service? The performance and availability of services can be kept in check throughout the tenure. The service provider should have network oriented servers with dependable storage hardware like the EMC VNX2 disk drive.
4. How Is the Data Stored and Protected?
Since your data will be stored offsite, you have to ensure it is safe and secure. There is no point in spending excessive money on cloud storage if the service lacks in security features. Having proper storage with backup is a necessity to avoid data loss. This needs to be an automated process, like in the case of dedicated servers offered by Reliant Technology. The security protocols and infrastructure used for securing the data should be explained to you.
5. Security of Data and Integrity of Processes
Reliable technology is hard to come by. There are concerns that will worry any organization about cloud services. Keeping data safe is the first priority. Organizations, in such cases, can ask for security standards like the ISO 27001 or AICPA SSAE-15. This ensures your data remains safe and protected from prying eyes.
6. Opting Out
There are situations when a firm might want to opt out of the service. In such cases, there should be clarification regarding points like:
- Ease in opting out of the service
- Are there any fees related to such an action?
- How will confidential data be retrieved?
No cloud storage service would want its customers to opt out but this is a contingency you should be prepared for.
Reliant can help you assess your options. We work with many customers interested in used EMC and refurbished NetApp hardware as a means of solving their capacity issues. We regularly find that certain products, such as EMC CX4, stand-alone EMC drives, other EMC CLARiiON products or a variety of used NetApp hardware solve a lot of performance (and cost) issues outright. Contact us at Sales@Reliant-Technology.com.
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