Cloud Computing: Choosing a Cloud Storage Partner: 10 Important Factors to Consider
Understand the Security Responsibility of Your Provider
Security responsibilities of cloud providers differ between service models. For cloud providers that offer services, spanning the entire stackinfrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and software as a service (SaaS)security is the sole responsibility of the provider, including physical, environmental, infrastructure, applications and data security as well as people, processes and technology. In contrast, vendors who only provide one service, such as Amazon's Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) IaaS offerings, are only responsible for security up to a certain point, and you're responsible for the rest.
Moving any system, or even parts of a system, to the cloud is tough enough on its own. Selecting the right solution provider can also be daunting. It's true that experience can be the best teacher, but there also can be real-world costs to learning things on the job. If mistakes are made, those costs can be substantial for a company's bottom line. That has proved harmful to many IT management careers. So when IT pros want to introduce something new into their company systems, such as a cloud storage partner, it's important to do the homework first to find out how others have fared. Good advice gained by colleagues on the front line is gold. Felix Santos, director of information security at EVault, is one of those front-liners in cloud storage and serves as eWEEK's guide to picking a cloud storage partner. Here's a look at 10 steps to make finding the right partner as pain-free as possible.