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Three Issues to Consider Before Moving to the Cloud

first_imgNovember 28, 2011 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. By letting a cloud services vendor store your company’s files and applications online, you can easily expand in-house storage capacity and processing muscle as your business grows. Let’s say you have a surge of new orders on your e-commerce system or you need to expand processing power for an application. Your vendor can boost your computing capabilities to satisfy those needs.But there can be some risks associated with moving to the cloud. What if your vendor goes bankrupt and closes? What if its technology fails, leaving you unable to access your sensitive business data?Migrating valuable business information to a technology vendor is a big move and can require a lot of consideration. Here, we look at three of the most important factors to consider when making the transition for your company.1. Research the vendors.Because it’s relatively easy to offer cloud services, your choices will range from larger, established companies to unknown startups. The small players may be competent, but be sure you feel comfortable being among the first to put them to the test.To assess vendors, ask for customer references, talk to other companies you trust and do some research online. The ideal vendor will have a strong track record for both performance and customer service.Related: How One Small Company Outsourced IT to a Cloud-Computing PlatformFor example, low latency — the delay in moving data from one point to another — is an important measure to check. Prompt and reliable service is critical because your cloud provider is essentially your new outside information technology department. If the vendor is slow to deal with your problems, your response time to customers also will likely suffer.2. Be aware of legal issues.Understand your potential legal liabilities and ensure that your cloud vendor abides by the same rules that govern your company.Your business may have internal audit rules that demand careful handling of sensitive information. If you’re in a regulated industry or do business with the government, you also may be subject to restrictions on handling data.Related: How to Move Your Business Data into the Cloud SafelyMake sure the vendor also understands the latest privacy laws affecting your business and that it states in writing its commitment to confidentiality and its methods for securing your data. “As your data is stored in the same storage space as your neighboring tenants, you need to know how your cloud vendor will ensure that your data isn’t illegally accessed,” says Ian Huynh, vice president of engineering at Hubspan, a cloud services integration company.3. Consider a back up to the cloud.Your data will likely be just fine in the servers of a cloud services vendor. I’ve been using online services for years and have never lost data. But if you would like an added measure of security, you might want to regularly back up data stored in the cloud.You could manually export your information from the cloud and back it up on-site. Or you could select a cloud backup service from such companies as Symantec, CloudBerry, KineticD and CTERA Networks, which typically allow users to keep copies of their cloud data on local servers or in other locations.Related: Still Foggy on Cloud Computing? Installing software on a server or local computer hard disk has been the traditional way of using computers for years. However, online software offers growing businesses a much faster, more productive and more cost effective way to create, manage and move information. Just be cautious about what software you can move securely to the cloud. Enroll Now for Free 3 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more

Tom Hanks Is Watching You in the First Trailer for The Circle

first_imgDecember 6, 2016 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global The first trailer for The Circle, the film adaptation of Dave Eggers’s 2013 novel about a young woman who gets a job at mysterious and powerful Bay Area tech company — it’s not Google, but it’s not not Google — dropped today.It begins with off-beat interview questions and office perks and quickly morphs into something more sinister. Related: Don’t Feel Bad, Eric Schmidt Can’t Answer Google’s Crazy Interview Questions EitherTom Hanks plays The Circle’s enigmatic founder, and Emma Watson is the new hire at the center of the interconnected intrigue. Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) and John Boyega (Star Wars) play her co-workers.The film comes out on April 28. Check out the trailer above. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.center_img 1 min read Register Now »last_img read more