Have you been planning to moving your data and emails on cloud servers? This can certainly be a great way to move and will surely benefit you. However, are you making the right decision? You should be able to ask yourself whether you are signing with a qualified cloud vendor. The answer should fall into two simple categories- yes or no. Assuming are you’re confused, it’s normal to not know the parameters to evaluate your prospective cloud service. In this blog, we’ll help you to evaluate your prospects and ultimately hire a well-suited cloud vendor.

To understand the question that you want to ask, you must first understand how it is needed.

  • Document storage: Storage is a common problem with every organization. You never truly know how much space you need until it becomes unmanageable. Additionally, it becomes hard to locate your data if you’re maintaining your data on multiple devices. Cloud computing allows you to increase your storage within the same account depending on the necessity.  
  • Increasing mobility:  Some limitations that come with in-house storage include the mobility that the cloud servers are abolished from as well as provide access to data from any location respective to the platform.  Mobility has certainly increased using cloud computing servers for data storage. Now employees can work from offsite locations as well as on-site locations.
  • Decreasing threats of data loss:  Server crashes are a constant stressor for many business owners. Servers crashes means there is a loss of data or a hard time restoring data. A loss of data can bring a company back to square one and equivalent to a huge loss in business. Cloud computing can give secure data back to their client that can be accessed whenever needed.
  • Security breaches: Security breaches are hard to trace in local storage servers and a reason for constant fear amongst business owners. All these breaches are attributable to humans, hence cloud computing provides secure access to limited data to users depending on the standards established by the account owner.     

Which questions should you deliberate on while interviewing your prospect candidate

1. How secure is your cloud:  It should be seen as a necessity to have standard security measures in place to ensure that your data is safe. It is recommended to prioritize security as when you choose cloud, they should constantly update their security measures and inform you on any changes.

2. What is your pricing structure: Pay for thing that you’re actually going to use. Most cloud services charge you for services they offer you, even if you don’t normally use them. ‘Pay as you go’ is an excellent option that allows you to add services whenever you need them.

3. Can you scale up to meet my growing business needs:  Your storage space should be scalable and accord well to your business needs. This all depends on the requirements that your company has placed. Many businesses are growing and their needs increase steadily with time, hence the cloud vendor presents itself as a flexible option with a good pricing for adding up storage space.

4. What is your cloud downtime: Downtime is the time when your cloud server is inaccessible to you via the internet. This means you cannot access your data during these times. Every big and small cloud vendors face downtime, so the best is to choose an option that doesn’t have much of a history with downtime.