Focus on Security, Access and Control
5. Focus on security, access and control
Ensure that you understand the provider's method for getting the data from your PCs, servers, and/or applications to their data center. Make sure you understand the chain of custody once the data leaves your office, as well as the provider's recovery process should disaster strike. Select a service provider who understands your business, its size and the types of data uses that may arise. Lastly, consider the type of business the solution provider runs and the type of data that needs to be protected before choosing a solution based on enterprise storage infrastructure (which adds levels of security, scale, control and access not found in standard cloud storage).
6. Take an information management approach
Remember that storage-as-a-service is not just about cheap storage or backing up your data to be able to recover it when you need to. It's about the overall management of your data. Storage-as-a-service should reduce the risks and costs of information storage and protection from rising storage costs, litigation, regulatory compliance and disaster recovery.
7. Don't go on faith alone
Investigate the provider's track record. Seek a trusted partner who offers deep experience and a history of protecting and managing vital information. Look at the number of customers the provider has, the number of years it has been providing the service, and the amount of data it currently stores. Ensure that you select a provider that adheres to necessary compliance protocols such as external audits and security certifications. All will be indicators that you're making a wise investment.
When deciding which cloud storage strategy or solution is right for your business, it's important to assess all your needs and options so that you can choose a solution and provider which can meet each and every requirement.
John Clancy is President of Iron Mountain Digital. John is responsible for developing and driving the strategy and execution of the digital business unit. During his tenure, John has directed the international expansion of Iron Mountain Digital. In December 2004, John joined Iron Mountain as executive vice president, digital, following Iron Mountain's acquisition of Connected Corporation. Previously, John was chief operating officer of Connected Corporation. Prior to that, Clancy served as Connected's senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing. John has also held senior sales management positions with SilverStream Software, Number Nine Visual Technology and the Merisel Open Computing Alliance. John holds a Bachelor's degree in political science from Assumption College. He can be reached at email@example.com.