You Can't Be My Cloud Vendor Until… Six Things You Need to Know

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Successful Track Record

Proven track record of successfully keeping customer data safe

No matter what industry you are in, the importance of security in the wake of (seemingly) regular data breaches is a threat to us all – and a costly one at that. According to recent research from the Ponemon Institute, the average cost of a data breach to a company has risen 15 percent over the last year, totaling $3.5 million dollars globally, and the average cost paid for each stolen or lost record has increased more than 9 percent from $136 to $145 million. When searching for or vetting a current hosting provider, demand to know if they have a proven and safe track record.

In today's highly connected world, the benefits and widespread adoption of cloud computing are not just limited to enterprises and government agencies; its transformative impact has prompted changes to a variety of businesses across several verticals – both big and small. In fact, a recent study by Emergent Research,"Small Business Success in the Cloud," found that the percentage of U.S. small businesses using cloud computing is expected to grow by more than half by the year 2020, from 37 percent to nearly 80 percent.

The increased momentum toward cloud computing demonstrates that more and more companies are capitalizing upon the cost benefits associated with cloud computing, as well as the ability to streamline and modernize business models. The growing reliance on the cloud to house everything from banking information to other personal data has made the importance of finding a reputable, secure cloud vendor all the more essential. But where do you begin when starting the search?

Cloud computing relies on real computers (fast servers if companies want good performance), with fast processors, memory and storage to deliver their virtual computing resources. Powerful and reliable software is important to deliver consistent performance and scalability, as well as fast and reliable networks to give users access to the virtual computing resources, software, data and services. What makes these all work together to deliver a successful and secure cloud solution isn't magic (while it may seem that way sometimes). Rather, according to Connectria Hosting, it's a smart, experienced cloud vendor that has these six qualities.

 

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