As you are looking to migrate or upgrade your system to take advantage of the many benefits of what cloud service providers can offer, you should take the time to find the right company for your needs. Our team has put together a list of things that you need to consider before you make the move to migrate over to a cloud-based system.
1. Is the cloud service provider secure enough
One of the most important things with any usage of the cloud is that of security. As you choose which cloud service provider to go with, you will want to make sure that they use the most up to date security measures. You should be able to quiz them about their procedures and standards as well as their future plans to keep up to date with developments.
2. Find a cloud service provider that has been around the block a few times
You want them to be able to demonstrate a proven track record when it comes to the handling of secure data. If they have a healthy roster of clients, then you should be able to get a good feel for how well they are able to manage data securely.
3. They have private cloud infrastructure
The added advantage of the cloud service provider having their own private cloud means that they will have dedicated firewalls and servers. This may be overkill for many business needs, but it is something that is worth investigating. Private clouds prevent other companies with poor security practices to share your data centre resources. Demand a provider that performs background checks before allowing customers to host.
4. Do they host any government data?
This is a great indicator of exactly how secure and how stringent the security is of the cloud service provider you are looking at. In order to handle this level of secure data the cloud service provider will have had to satisfy governmental compliance and will be well aware of the importance of security.
5. They have skilled employees
If the cloud service provider outsources their engineering and technical needs, this should be cause for concern. Ideally, you want a company to handle your data where the full-time engineers are dedicated to their work. As you are entrusting information that is essential to the effective running of your business to them, you need to be sure they have the support in place to get the job done. The support and engineering team must have excellent knowledge and execution skills in specific areas; one of the most important being security. Did we mention security already? It really is a vital part of any good cloud service.
6. They have a solid business model
The work involved in migrating your data to a cloud service provider is something that you want to do once. For this reason, it is very important that the cloud hosting company that you choose is able to maintain a solid financial standing.
You need to be confident that the cloud service provider that you choose to entrust your data to is competent and will not go out of business anytime soon. A good way to check for this is again to have a look at their roster of clients. If it looks healthy, then you can be sure that they will be able to handle all of your cloud service needs for many years to come.
If you want to know more about how an excellent cloud service provider operates, and how simple it can be to migrate over to a very secure system, get in touch with the Carbon60 Networks team today.