5 Ways A SMB Can Get The Most From Their Cloud Storage Provider
Cloud storage is becoming a way of life for most small businesses. Since cloud storage provides a reliable and safe data storage option for companies who cannot afford to create an in-house data center, multiple carriers have shown up on the market urging users to take advantage of their cloud storage services. That being said, there are still pitfalls to using cloud storage and backup services, especially for small businesses that might not do their due diligence when it comes to researching a new carrier. Therefore, users should consider a few of the following methods for getting the most from their cloud storage while not compromising security and reliability.
Technical Due Diligence
Users should look for real security that includes encryption and bandwidth support. A cloud storage provider should have their own backup so that if there is ever an outage or natural disaster, they are able to recover their own as well as their customer’s data.
While some established cloud storage providers look promising, some are in deep financial distress. Therefore, users should look into the financial backing and reliability of a cloud service before actually using it. Believe it or not, some startups actually have a better financial backbone than those larger cloud storage service providers.
Read the Fine Print in the Contract
When a user is ready to use a cloud storage provider they will have to review a contract. The contract will go over what features are included, what is covered and what a user can expect by using that particular service. All users should read the fine print in any service contract before making their first payment.
Though cloud storage is perfect for storing mission critical data, users are recommended to have a backup to their own cloud storage backup. Therefore, any mission critical or serious data should be backed up using the cloud storage provider as well as a physical hard-drive or perhaps another cloud storage provider to ensure critical data is never lost. Users should also consider scheduling regular backup services to ensure that their information is regularly updated.
Review What is Stored
Though important data is stored, not all of it needs to be retained forever. Therefore, users should look through their data storage at least once a month to see what they have archived and if any of it can be cleaned out. The less personal information stored for a lengthy period of time, the better.
By KoriLynn Johnston