Before you sign a contract with a Cloud Service Provider, we strongly recommend that you have the answers to these questions:
Does your pre-Cloud life cycle management system integrate your data in the Cloud? How does the Cloud impact your archive and audit functionality?
If a court orders discovery of data around specific topics, can you provide it quickly, inexpensively, and completely whether the data is in the Cloud or not?
One of the trickiest challenges with migrating to the Cloud is the transition. For any data you plan to store in the Cloud, you have to somehow move it to Cloud without shutting your business down. How long will it take? There are, of course, tools to help, and your CSP will be eager to help. But be careful that the use of those tools doesn’t compromise the confidentiality, integrity and availability of the data These questions should be answered specifically about the transition period.
At some point you will change something, a universal truism. One of your Cloud Service Providers will go out of business, merge with one of your competitors, or otherwise become unacceptable. Some new technology or company will offer a better alternative, or your own business goals will require significant changes. Unlike moving into the Cloud, you may have a short time window and everybody may not be in the same cooperative mood they were when you transitioned in. Make sure you have an exit strategy, and make sure that exit strategy allows you to be sure that your data is no longer accessible through any prior partner.
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