Some questions to ask: Is my data protected with strong encryption? Is it properly isolated so that other cloud customers can’t access it? Does the cloud vendor have access? And if the government or law enforcement comes knocking, what happens then?
For many organizations, the only acceptable solution to these concerns is to maintain total control over their own encryption keys, but this option might not be available from every cloud provider. Know what you’re getting into.
* Will you be able to sleep at night? Lastly, it's important to choose a cloud provider you trust – because with the transition to cloud-based storage, backup becomes not just a product or service to integrate, but a partnership. So, for example, you need to have as much confidence in the cloud vendor’s internal data protection processes as your own.
Backup and recovery use cases will vary, so matching a cloud vendor's offering to your organization’s specific needs should be an early priority. What, exactly, will be backed up? What is the data retention period? How quickly can I restore from backup? Does the level of security match my compliance requirements? Asking the right questions up front can save a lot of sleepless nights down the road.
This goes double if your organization is still early on its cloud journey. Cloud-based backup and recovery may not be for everyone. When implemented with care and the aid of the right partner, however, it can be not only part of a comprehensive data protection plan, but also a first step into a larger, hybrid cloud world.
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