This post was most recently updated on January 13th, 2020
When it comes to cloud storage, finding the right provider is akin to finding the right solution to your data problem. Then again, the task of finding the perfect provider is not as easy as counting one, two, three. You need to research and ask the right questions to see if the services offered by such cloud storage providers match your storage needs. To help you start your research, check out these tips.
What problems need a solution?
Before you find the right solution, it is essential to determine the problem first. So, make an inventory of all the cloud-related issues you have and see which of these needs remedying by subscribing to a cloud service provider. Aside from that, you can also ask yourself the following questions:
- If the cloud solution is a better choice, what are other alternatives?
- What are the benefits of choosing one provider over the other?
- Can your organization adapt technically and culturally to the cloud-based solution?
Your answers to these questions will determine the appropriateness of your other choices. With various options, you can select the best and most customized to answer your needs. Also, answers to these questions can help you filter service providers and choose which among them can give you the most benefits. And lastly, what you find out after answering these questions can help you assess if your people are technically-equipped and open to the idea of a new storage system.
How will cloud storage fit your technical and data requirements?
If you recognize that you and your team are ready for a cloud storage solution, the next thing you need to determine is how well this solution will fit your immediate and long-term data and business technical requirements.
In terms of security, study if your prospective cloud service provider can support security options when data are “in transmission” and “at rest.” Application of AES encryption and TLS is stored and in-transmission data are common. Know if your cloud service provider offers this. These encryptions make sure that your data and information are not accessible by anyone who plans to intercept it or by the cloud service. More sensitive data needs stronger and better protection. Identify if your prospective cloud service provider can offer this stronger protection and encryption system.
Can it comply with the work needed in your industry?
Aside from technical requirements, you also need to make sure if the storage service offered by your provider can cope up with the demands and rigors of your industry. For example, if
you are in the healthcare industry, your data use and storage need to comply with the HIPAA. Check with the provider if they can comply with such requirements. It is better to do the tedious part now than regret and deal with the loss later.
Can they provide data access to your clients?
Also, make sure to study how your prospective cloud service provider provides data access to your customers and clients. If yes, also check the extent of the data shared and the process of accessing the same. Aside from making data storage and access seamless for you and your team, you also have to ensure that your clients will not have a hard time figuring out where to find the information they need.
To make the most out of your research, see if your prospective cloud service provider supports a free trial version. If they do, grab this opportunity for you to understand how their system works and also see if it fits your needs. At the end of the day, accessibility and ease of access to the end-users are crucial to finding the best cloud storage solution.