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Before Moving Your Data to the Cloud: Ask These Questions

Data to the Cloud

Today, some enterprises have taken the giant step forward and moved their data to cloud storage. However, there are still many organizations that are wary of using cloud storage. They are afraid of placing their sensitive data in a network of data storage centers. These organizations prefer to store their data in house using their own data centers.

However, there are many advantages of placing your data in a cloud storage network. If your organization decides to move your data to an external cloud service it doesn’t mean you will lose control of your data. Before you decide to move your data it is necessary to ask next questions.

Some Important Questions To The Cloud Service Provider

Location

Many cloud providers deploy their data across multiple data centers, in multiple locations. However, the physical distance for certain regions can cause your company problems. Especially for the network latency that causes problems with data transfer time outs. Furthermore, you can experience problems with application breaking down.

Therefore, it is necessary to find a data center that stores your data in your region. But, if your business is in multiple regions it is recommended to find a cloud provider that has multiple data centers in different regions.

Some businesses need their data replicated across multiple regions for their different offices. Before deploying your data to the cloud find out how your cloud provider stores your data. If your business is in one region it is best to find a cloud provider in the same area.

Residence

It is important to know where your cloud provider is registered. If the hosting company has a residence in a foreign country, your data is subject to foreign laws. Therefore, your data can fall under the various laws of information disclosure. That leaves your data exposed to foreign governments.

Before trusting your data to any cloud provider find out the provider’s legal status. If you select a cloud provider that has a residence in a foreign country, check that country’s data disclosure laws. Otherwise, find a cloud provider in your country.

Certification

Research your cloud provider. See what IT security and physical security the provider offers. Does this company comply with the standard security best practices? Ask for information about their surveillance, multiple authentication, and fire systems. Furthermore, check their certifications for their data center. See what compliance they use for best practices.

Tenancy Model

Understanding the tenancy model of your provider is important. Today, cloud providers use two tenancy models. Find a cloud provider that can offer you a Virtual Private Cloud or VPC instead of a multi-tenancy model used in the public cloud.

The VPC tenancy stores your data in a fenced-off infrastructure that only you can access through your VPN. The VPC model is as safe as storing data in your data center. Therefore, if the access mechanism fails at the service center your data will never mix with any other data.


In Conclusion

It is important to dig through the various layers of a cloud provider. Remember, they aren’t responsible for your data, you are. Before you ever trust a cloud provider with your company’s data, do your research. Once you have signed the contract you will need to check your cloud provider to make sure your data is where it should be. Your company always needs to be concerned with security, compliance, and data governance.


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