Five Critical Questions to Ask Before Moving Data to the Cloud

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Not everyone needs to dig through all these layers, but it's good to know they exist. Cloud providers are not responsible for your data – you are. For best practices, use these questions as your checklist and revisit them every six months to make sure your data is still located where it should be and that you are meeting compliance requirements. Demystifying cloud storage to understand where your data really lives and how it affects data governance, security, integrity, sovereignty and compliance can remove some of the obstacles in adopting "the cloud" in an optimal way.

In the last few years, "the cloud" has become a household term, yet it's not always as well understood as you might think. Used in this popular singular form, "the cloud" suggests that there really is a single, nebulous entity where computing resources and endless data storage magically reside. Of course, the reality is that the cloud is a network of data centers, and within those, a network of servers and storage nodes. The real mystery begins when organizations start taking a closer look at the cloud's inner workings, asking such questions as: Where exactly does my cloud data live?

Understandably, many organizations are still wary of placing their sensitive data anywhere but in their own data centers. In that case, they know exactly where the data resides. However, there are reasons why enterprises – even in regulated industries – would want to use external cloud services – a move that doesn't necessarily mean they lose sight and control of their data. In this slideshow, CTERA outlines five questions organizations need to ask before moving data to the cloud.


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