How to Choose Your Cloud Service Provider

More and more companies and even individuals are moving to the cloud because of the benefits it offers. At a minimum, cloud service providers offer remote storage that is accessible from anywhere.

There are different types of cloud providers – SaaS, PaaS and IaaS etc. Microsoft offers all three types, from OneDrive to Office 365 to Azure and thus covers all possible types of service one expects. If you think Microsoft is too expensive, you can opt for other cloud providers. You should check the services so that your data is secure, accessible at all times (low downtime) and gives you the freedom to move your functions to other clouds at any time. The post lists a few points that tell you how to choose a cloud service provider.

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Reputation of cloud service providers

As with any business transaction, you should check the reputation of cloud service providers. If there is no baseline data among cloud service providers, it is likely that it is a new business or they have never been interested in collecting feedback. Amazon, Microsoft, and Google are just a few of the service providers that enjoy a good reputation. If you’re looking for cloud backup, Mozy has been there for a long time.

In other words, look for reviews of the cloud service providers you are considering. Check out the internet and then people who have used one or more of these providers before. Learn the good and bad about them before taking your business there.

Downtime (data accessibility)

There can be two factors when we talk about downtime. The first and foremost is your staff, employees, etc. can use cloud service providers whenever they want. Second, mass access. What if 30 or more members of your team suddenly think about using the cloud? Will it still work or fall apart? Has it slowed back and forth in the number of people simultaneously accessing the cloud?

OneDrive, for example, provides collaboration functionality. Suppose the group working on a story or presentation has 20 people. If everyone wants to review the story or presentation at once, OneDrive will create 20 channels – one for each connection. This ensures that your document or presentation will not be accessible after some time. Not all cloud providers use this method. Some offer limited bandwidth, making it difficult for all 20 users to use the file simultaneously.

Secure cloud service providers

All Microsoft cloud services, including the mail service, provide you with a secure connection for signing in. An insecure connection without HTTPS can be a disaster. AWS and Google also provide HTTPS, as does Mozy. While HTTPS alone may not give you all the security you need, it is the most important thing when it comes to securing your data and functions.

encryption

As noted above, simply providing HTTPS is not good when it comes to the security offered by cloud service providers. It must use available technologies that ensure the security of your data not only in the cloud, but also in transit-upload or download. You can use custom encryption methods on your local network for encryption. You should also make sure that the cloud service provider offers the best encryption so that your data is not corrupted even if the cloud provider’s server is hacked.

Cloud Privacy

Next to security, privacy is an important thing. There is no need to upload data to servers where the administrator can read your data. You should read the privacy statements of cloud service providers to find out how they intend to protect your data. Microsoft’s privacy policy states that they will maintain complete confidentiality and your data will not be accessed for any purpose other than providing you with better services. This means that some of their systems can access your data, but no data will be logged anywhere or shared with third parties. It’s a bit scary, but it’s pretty nice compared to other cloud services that explicitly state that your data will be subject to observation for e.g. improper use, etc.

The 5 main factors above explain how to choose cloud service providers. You don’t have to use big names if you’re having trouble. Just remember that your functions and data must be secure, accessible, and private.

You can also refer to different certificates of conformity used by cloud service providers. Also, service providers should tell you how they implement the service you plan to use. You don’t want to work with people who don’t know their job or don’t execute it poorly. Not only that, a Release strategy should be in place to allow you to permanently delete all data from the cloud in case you take your business elsewhere.

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