Selecting cloud storage services offers a number of benefits over traditional, on-premise solutions. From nearly limitless capacity to cost savings and scalability, there are many reasons to choose cloud storage. Here are some factors to consider when evaluating providers and solutions:
In general, cloud storage services will offer an improved level of security than what you might be able to support with an in-house security policy. Looking for a provider that offers end-to-end encryption and security should be a built-in part of the solution, rather than an add-on set of features.
While cloud storage is typically virtually limitless, there can be different levels of costs depending on how often you plan to access the data. Find out what kinds of charges are associated with so-called “cold data” that may not be quite as archivable as you anticipated.
One of the benefits of cloud storage services is the ability to access it from any connected device. Be sure that the provider has features that are optimized for mobile and that cross-device synchronization is part of their offering. If you have a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) program, be sure that there aren’t any compatibility problems with the solution.
The way in which a cloud storage provider organizes data makes a significant impact on how easy it is to access, sort, and gain insights from data. Look for an intuitive, user-friendly organization that makes it easy for you to use your data.
Don’t simply accept what a provider describes as their customer support practices. Talk with current customers about response times and find out if you can expect a reliable, proactive support team to be at your service.
Private, Public, or Both?
When it’s time to select a method of storing your data, you’ll have three basic options:
There are some advantages to choosing a public cloud storage solution. You’ll enjoy better cost savings, and public providers tend to be innovative in their approach. The downside is that there is little to no opportunity for customization and you may struggle with the lack of control in a public cloud storage setting.
Private cloud storage offers better visibility and control, as well as customizability, but it is more costly and comes with heavier administration, management, and maintenance responsibilities.
Many companies find that a hybrid solution fits their needs best. Particularly for companies in industries with compliance and data security considerations, it may be necessary to store some data on site. A hybrid storage solution allows companies to place data where it makes the most sense in terms of security, compliance, accessibility, and cost.Let’s discuss cloud storage options for your company. Contact us at eXemplify, and we will help you determine a method that syncs perfectly with your budget, your current technology, your compliance concerns, and your data analysis needs.