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Five Factors to Look for When Using Cloud Computing for Your Business
We all know the value of cloud computing. It enables you to have a valid backup system that can be accessed any time so that, if your land-based system is temporarily down, it will still function as a service. It is convenient and automatic and takes much of the worry out of how to handle unforeseen disasters. However, how do you keep your data safe and know that you have a secure backup system? How do you know your cloud system is secure? What else do you need to ensure things will run smoothly in the event of downtime?
Here is a checklist to keep in mind to make sure your cloud provider has the important things to keep you running if the worst happens:
- Multi layer security– First and foremost, stay safe. As a business owner, you must keep your customers’ data safe and make sure you are protecting their best interests. Multi-layer security provides a secure log on and access to users, so that they must validate their identity before proceeding. This lowers the risk of hacking and keeps your customers safe.
- Bandwidth Monitoring– You should know how much bandwidth you are using, so that the service remains efficient to all users at all times. By monitoring the bandwidth usage, you will always have an idea of the amount of bandwidth you have available to see if you should increase it.
- Remote Assistance 24/7- It does no good to have a security system in place if you cannot get the help you need, when you need it. Look for a cloud computing solution which allows you to get help any time with a simple phone call. It is also a good idea to have a company who practices “colocation of services,” which houses all of your services under one roof for easy access.
- Focus on disaster recovery– Even though you don’t want to think about the idea of a disaster or problem, when such does occur, you want to be up and running again as soon as possible. Always make sure your cloud computing solution offers quick methods for getting up and going again in the event of such a disaster and assurance that your data, and your customers’ data is safe.
- Powerful generators and backup systems– Along with a general back up plan, make sure your provider of cloud computing has power back up too. The problem is not always hacking or security breaches. Sometimes it is a natural disaster or other event. In this situation, you need a powerful generator to kick in when things go down. Even some lost time is too much so be prepared.
Cloud computing is one of the best discoveries known to man. It allows businesses to function in the event of a disaster, provides quick access to data and helps with data security. On the other hand, if you choose the wrong provider, it can be a disaster in itself. Follow the steps we’ve provided to make sure your provider gives you access to the most important features.