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By Suresh Shanmugam, Product Marketing at Vembu Technologies
Vembu Online Data Backup Expert Tips: A Checklist for Selecting a Cloud Backup Service – Part I
Selecting a cloud backup service that meets all your organization needs is a very complex problem. You need to examine a number of parameters before you make your selection. Having a good checklist with guideline answers is always a good starting point. Here is a checklist you could use:
1. Who owns the data that is stored in the cloud?
2. What kind of Privacy, security and Data Protection should be provided?
You need to ensure that your service provider uses bank grade or military grade impregnable encryption wherever possible. The encryption key should preferably be user defined and available only with you.
Finally, you must test and satisfy yourself that the cloud service helps you comply with the extant legal mandates, such as HIPAA, PCI DSS Level 1 etc. You must additionally check whether the service implements “access logging” and encryption that will satisfy legal compliance audits of your data.
3. What is the kind of uptime promised?
Check out what measures have been taken by the service provider to deliver on this promise. Have they replicated the data to geographically dispersed servers for guarding against disaster and primary server failures? Have they created failover clusters, hot sites, disaster recovery sites etc? Can you hook up to your database over the Internet for “bare metal recovery” or for business continuity? Can you meet your Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and Recovery Point Objective (RPO)?
About the Author: Suresh Shanmugam, Product Marketing at Vembu Technologies, a leader in providing cost effective, hybrid (on-premise and cloud) data protection and business focused online backup and disaster recovery solutions for ISPs, MSPs, VARs, Managed Hosting Providers and Educational Institutions. Vembu’s flagship product, StoreGrid, recently announced an advanced upgrade – “StoreGrid SP – 4.3“ releases.
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