More businesses than you might think have migrated to clouds for storage of company information. Frequently, select functions are moved as a business explores the value and cost trade-offs of cloud storage vs in house servers.
A 2015 cloud survey from Harvard Business Review sponsored by Oracle identified the following top five uses for cloud storage for novice users:
You might think of these uses as a first step for your use of cloud storage:
• Operational procedures
• Training videos and manuals
• Business wiki
• Past revision control documents
As you gain familiarity on how cloud services operate, you can evaluate other data storage needs and expand your uses.
Another 2015 cloud survey from Harvard Business Review, this one sponsored by Verizon, tracked key reasons businesses have migrated to cloud services. According to businesses surveyed, 84% increased cloud usage in the last year. Their reasons were:
Moving data to the cloud can be done in phases. A good service provider will allow you to move data at your comfort speed and work with you to find the correct level of security. Think about the following as you plan your migration:
• Ensure use of role-based access. Only let people have access to what they need to do their job fully.
• Protect your data in storage by encrypting all confidential and sensitive information.
• Make sure the cloud security measures meet your standards, not just a vanilla, one size for all level.
• Know how you will retrieve data is you have a breach within your own servers. Understand the contract terms on any limitations or requirements for quick data retrieval.
• Involve your IT cybersecurity specialist in discussions with the cloud service provider so you learn what is important from his perspective, not just the vendor’s perspective.
• Pay for the level of security you need to protect your business. Cheaper is not necessarily the better business decision.
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