Whether you are in charge of the IT department for a large enterprise or running a small business, any change in technology requires research and planning in order to ensure you are making the right decision for your business. Below are a few key questions to ask your cloud hosting provider before making any decisions regarding your move to the cloud.
How reliable is your cloud hosting service?
Availability and reliability are critical components to operating in the cloud. Some cheap web hosts may not see the need to maintain a redundant network because they do not think of it as essential to daily operations. However, without a redundant, secure, and well-connected network infrastructure, your website may experience downtime, lags, and even stop functioning correctly. Therefore, review the hosting company’s reliability and availability track record, along with their protocols for restoring service in the event of downtime.
At Atlantic.Net, our industry-leading SLAs are backed by a 100% Uptime Guarantee. This means that we guarantee all critical infrastructure components will be available 100% of the time in a given month, excluding scheduled maintenance. No one can guarantee that nothing will ever go wrong, but with a 100% uptime SLA, we set the expectation to do the very best possible.
How secure is my sensitive data?
A lot of people fear that moving their data to be stored offsite will expose them to a variety of risks and security breaches. This is not necessarily true. Actually, compared to other data storage options (including using in-house infrastructure), cloud hosting offers the best security, reliability, and ease of use, provided you choose a cloud provider that values security as well.
Different cloud providers offer varying levels of security and you can also “beef up” your security with something like encryption key management. Take a look at how your cloud hosting provider protects data, whether through encryption, secure building entry, guaranteed power, or a combination of several security features.
Are there any disaster recovery services included?
Do not hesitate to investigate your service provider’s disaster recovery process, as well as its fail-over capabilities before signing any contracts. While there is a wide selection of disaster recovery solutions, cloud hosting provides the most flexibility and ease of use, while remaining cost-effective. As opposed to purchasing two physical servers (one as your day-to-day server and the other as your backup), cloud servers provide the benefit of being able to easily create multiple servers in the cloud without needing to lease/own physical servers.
With cloud hosting from a premier hosting provider like Atlantic.Net, principal IT infrastructure is also essentially a dynamic backup system, as your data and applications reside in an offsite, secure data center facility with a backup, uninterrupted power supply, and dedicated support staff, just in case.
As a leading cloud provider, Atlantic.Net offers a full line of cloud hosting solutions backed by almost two decades of experience in connectivity, advanced computing, hosting, and web technologies. Contact an Atlantic.Net advisor today at 800-521-5881 for a free cloud server trial!