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

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With costly penalties – both fiscal and reputational – stretching across a variety of business verticals, the need to trust one's hosting provider to meet stringent security requirements is an integral part of today's IT business plan. If you are a company that accepts, processes or stores credit card information, you are likely very familiar with PCI data security standards. Or, if you're a company within the health care and dental industry you are aware that you must comply with HIPAA and HITECH Act security standards surrounding the storage of protected health information (PHI). When it comes to meeting these security requirements, there is no "one-size-fits-all" solution. Flexibility in hosting options is essential to ensure you are getting the right coverage necessary to comply with governmental standards as well as meeting your business needs.

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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