Cloud Computing: Choosing a Cloud Storage Partner: 10 Important Factors to Consider

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-03-26 Print this article Print
Understand the Security Responsibility of Your Provider

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 stack—infrastructure 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.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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