Cloud services are typically sold as “worry free” and they certainly take a lot of the IT concerns off of your IT team. However, there are still risks involved with cloud services.
Cloud services can shut down due to financial problems. Some respectable cloud services have shut down after a severe hacking incident. Companies can and do lose data that they thought was safe.
The important thing to realize is that cloud services carry the same risks as other IT options, they are just transferred to a third party. A provider could fail. So if you are looking for cloud services, be sure to:
1) Choose a Cloud Service Provider Carefully
What kind of data will the provider be storing for you? The more critical your data is, the more important it is to choose an established, financially stable company. For example, Salesforce.com is going to have more safeguards in place than a small CRM provider, even though neither is bullet proof.
2) Backup Your Critical Data
No matter how reputable or established your provider is, you should make sure critical data is backed up. Most cloud service providers make it fairly easy to make a backup of your data. If they don’t, you should seriously consider using a different provider.
For many situations, cloud services are a great option. They provide an easy way to outsource some of your IT infrastructure and let experts handle it. However, be aware that there are still some risks with using a cloud service provider. Now that you know, you can take appropriate measures to minimize those risks.
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