Having the right technology partners with the right expertise is very critical as you make the move to Cloud storage. There are seven critical factors that must be considered while you evaluate transitioning to a Cloud Storage infrastructure.
- Elasticity and Scalability – Cloud storage must have an elastic and scalable design to scale up and down rapidly to adjust to the changing capacity requirements of the user.
- Automation – Cloud storage must be supported by an automated workflow leveraging policies to make underlying infrastructure changes such as content placement. This would help you to efficiently deliver content and information services anywhere across the globe with least human intervention.
- Data Security – While with the private cloud infrastructure you can be sure about the reliability and security of your data and files, securing and protecting critical information is a major challenge with public cloud architectures. Ensure proven authentication methods for information access and secured data transfer techniques to address this requirement.
- Performance – Make sure that you match the Cloud storage platform with the performance needs for your application to ensure fast, robust data recovery.
- Latency – It is important to consider latency parameters before committing to a migration. Storing data far away from the servers at a cloud storage site introduces additional latency into the environment. This is a primary reason why a Cloud storage model is not suitable for applications that demand sub-second response times.
- Reliability – You need to make sure upfront that your Cloud Storage system is reliably backed up for disaster recovery purposes and that it meets pertinent regulatory requirements.
- Accessibility – For maximum usability and seamless integration of cloud storage into existing enterprise workflows, it is critical to ensure anytime, anywhere accessibility of storage data to business users.