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How to select a proper cloud

Cloud computing has changed the manner of doing business and this is why there are a few things to know for users to protect themselves and their data.

 

While using cloud computing may change the way of driving your business and the interactions between consumers, users should be aware of the risk it carries and sermoned about their data privacy protection all before signing contract with a provider.  

 

Benefits from implementing cloud computing:    

- Enables companies to use applications, services and software other way they would not have physical or technical ability to use;  

- Prevents data loss by placing it on the more reliable and secure servers. Such servers keep data in multi-locations;  

- Enables data access from any computer connected to internet of proper parameters;  

- Raises the efficiency and productivity enabling elastic using the resources in a growing business in opposition to keeping  expensive infrastructure;

 

Considering putting your corporate data in cloud computing the few following questions should be considered:    

 

Reliability and feasibility      

Pushing the services of a cloud provider needs trust we put in a foreign company passing to it our business key data. Organizations wishing to move their IT data bases into cloud services should first check out their potential provider in the following aspects:  

- The number of organizations served;  

- See his references;  

- Know the history and the mission of the provider;  

There is nothing worse than trusting the organization’s important data to a provider who copes with power brakes, has problems with law or is becoming a bankrupt. Making sure that your data is properly secured and there is uninterrupted quick access to it by cloud computing should be priorities.  

 

Data moving possibilities    

Many cloud computing providers tie their customers down by disabling big data files loading or making the process extremely slow. Once pulling big data files is not a standard in most contracts and it can be charged additionally for trying to process big files. Such service offer needs detailed analyzing, before loading data, because changing a provider can appear money and time consuming.  

 

Responsibility    

It is still the owner who is responsible for the data privacy and cohesion protection entrusted into the resources of a third party. If a company providing cloud services it has been paid for will not respect customer’s privacy, it can be called to legal responsibility. Some cloud providers keep their customers’ data in countries with no legal obligation of data protection, so they can gather and keep personal data without holding the privacy politics. Persons and company owners should check whether a provider they are considering is submitting to the legal requirement for data security (according to the American, European or any other law).  

 

Service Level Agreement (SLA) and End User License Agreement (EULA)     

The SLA, EULA or any other formal contract should be signed before you start cooperation with your service provider. Such agreement define rights and responsibilities of both, the user and its provider, protect them legally in case of a conflict. If a potential provider refuses to sing any formal contract, the user is not protected and should find another provider.  

Together with the increased importance of cloud computing as a solution economical to its provider as well as to consumers, more information will be kept in cloud. Therefore, users need to understand the risk connected to services of such kind in order to knowingly make decisions referring privacy security.    

 

Based on:     

E. Levesque „Choosing a cloud computing service” http://internet-security.suite101.com/article.cfm/choosing_a_cloud_computing_service  16.07.2010