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Cloud Storage: How To Pick A Provider

When it comes to enterprise cloud storage, there's no shortage of providers. Here's what you need to consider in order to make the right choice.
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Enterprise cloud storage offers a number of benefits -- scalability, reduced infrastructure and predictable costs, to name a few. But moving data to a public cloud introduces a host of new concerns that organizations must address when evaluating providers.

To further complicate matters, no two enterprise cloud storage providers are alike. Service-level agreements, pricing models and regulatory compliance know-how differ greatly from one service provider to another. Here are the top factors to consider when choosing a cloud storage provider. If you take the time to weigh these factors, you can proceed with confidence.  

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Crystal Bedell is a freelance technology writer specializing in security, cloud computing and mobility. As the principal of Bedell Communications, she helps technology providers and IT media companies create engaging thought leadership content. Prior to launching Bedell ... View Full Bio

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Joe Stanganelli
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9/11/2014 | 8:28:21 AM
Re: BAA BAA, black sheep...
Well, sure, compliance isn't an issue for people who don't get caught.  :p  But if something ever goes wrong, you can bet that the regulators will be all over you -- and if you're not in compliance with basic regulations, don't expect your cyberinsurance policy to bail you out (if you even qualified for one in the first place).
MarciaNWC
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MarciaNWC,
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9/9/2014 | 11:28:41 AM
Re: BAA BAA, black sheep...
Good point Joe, I believe the rules regarding business associates for providers serving health care organizations became more stringent with the HITECH Act in 2009. Not sure how much enforcement is actually being conducted, though.
Joe Stanganelli
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8/31/2014 | 4:57:31 PM
BAA BAA, black sheep...
As another regulatory compliance matter, it may be necessary to go with a provider whose services offer a liability-accepting BAA (Business Associate Agreement) that complies with HIPAA and/or other applicable regulations your company/industry may be subject to.
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aditshar1,
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8/26/2014 | 2:50:00 PM
Re: Great points!
I love the picture in blog, one which presents server in cloud.data security seems one of the bullet points during selection of CsP.
Whoopty
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Whoopty,
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8/26/2014 | 10:56:09 AM
Switching
Is there any advice on switching provider? I've wanted to shop around for a while now, but I'm wary of having to re-upload everything we've backed up already, leaving the data vulneerable during the process or forcing me to temporarily pay for two services.
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Stratustician,
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8/26/2014 | 8:59:28 AM
Great points!
Great article, I think you've nailed all the key points.  Many folks forget about what happens with their data during disaster recovery and even if they switch providers, so nice to see these aspects covered.  As for security, absolutely, with cloud storage encryption is key!
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