Companies must establish clear contracts with cloud vendors

Companies must establish clear contracts with cloud vendors

October 12

Businesses using cloud backup systems in favor of on-site options benefit in many ways. The cloud is located off-site, meaning corporate data is out of harm’s way should a disaster strike a company’s office. Talkin’ Cloud contributor Rich Reiffer encourages firms considering adopting the solution to protect important information to make sure their vendor contract includes several provisions.

The writer suggested businesses determine if potential service providers offer a manual process for backing up data or an automatic option. If the former is in place, companies are encouraged to have a contract clause protecting them against mishaps that may occur on holidays.

“Almost all current systems come designed with the ability to push the data off-site either through a dedicated pipe or a shared internet access,” Reiffer explained.

When developing a contract with a vendor, businesses should protect themselves if data access includes an off-site transport window or if the process is not sufficient enough to transport files through the window, Reiffer suggested.

The writer concluded that businesses agreeing to store mission-critical data off-site must include anything that may impact their ability to restore access to their files.

Cloud backup is considered one of the most effective options regarding data protection. Although some organizations fear the cloud because of perceived security fears, vendors are working hard to address these concerns.

Businesses still on the fence regarding cloud backup should consider this: if a disaster strikes the office, digital files stored on hard drives, tapes, or other devices could be damaged, destroyed, or lost. Firms with cloud backup systems in place, however, are less likely to experience these headaches because their files are in the cloud.