With new cloud service providers joining the market every year, new users may find it difficult to determine which one can best answer their data storage needs. The following guide will help you build a criterion for your choice.
Determine your needs
Firstly, know the kind of data you want to store, as this determines the kind of service you need. Non-sensitive data that you will rarely access can be stored in a public cloud, whereas you customer’s confidential information would best be stored in a private cloud. If you see your needs changing at some point in the future, consider a cloud services provider that can do both types of services for you
Examine the Pricing Structure
It’s important to look at the price structure, not just at the price. Cloud storage is and should always be pay-as-you-go. Are you paying only for the amount of space you need? Is there a monthly, quarterly, or annual mode? Pick a mode that is most suitable for your needs and the best price you can get it.
Look at the CSP’s Security Measures
Security is of paramount concern in the cloud. Take the time to research a cloud service providers security measures. For example, are they compliant with assurance programs such as ISO 9001 or HIPAA? What safety measures do they have in place at their data center? Do they encrypt the data during transmission and storage? What kind of intrusion detection systems do they have installed? Do they maintain copies of your data in several different geographical locations?
Review the SLA
A critical factor in selecting a storage partner, the Service Level Agreement delineates the responsibilities of all parties involved. The SLA will contain important items such as availability, downtime guarantees, and if the provider will compensate for outages or data loss. Downtime itself can mean different things to different providers, so be sure to go over the fine print with your legal and IT staff. You’ll want to be certain that the cloud storage provider’s service truly fits your company’s needs.
Finally, ask if your CSP has a customer support service available 24/7, because you’ll always want to know there is someone reliable you can turn to when trouble occurs. If you have specific needs you want addressed, talk to a Polarseven cloud professional today.