George Crump makes some excellent points in his blog post “How to Choose A Cloud Storage Provider: Availability” on InformationWeek’s Storage blog.
His first point is that it’s not all about the storage, but also about the availability of the data. When selecting a cloud storage provider, you need to consider the following:
- Understand the availability your organization needs
- Understand how you are going to use it (i.e. to store backups or as your primary storage)
- Ensure redundancy
- Use the basic services of two different cloud suppliers (could be expensive)
- Invest in a provider that offers a multi-copy level of redundancy
- Understand the Service Level Agreement and make sure that the provider can fulfill the agreement by verifying that the provider
- Quality storage systems
- Quality data centers
- Quality network connections
- Financial stability to provide its services into the future
- Have a plan in the event a failure occurs
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