Cloud storage is a pretty beautiful thing. Convenience and flexibility are precious commodities when it comes to growing and scaling an organization—and when remaining innovative and responsive.
Of course, despite its numerous benefits, cloud storage still has its drawbacks. Depending on your use case, your mileage may vary wildly. Especially when it comes to compliance with regulations.
If you’ve already chosen to store your data in the cloud and have concerns, this blog is for you.
Where Is The Cloud?
The definition of “the cloud” is a bit of a misnomer. Your data must live somewhere. Whether it’s on a single server or spread out across multiple servers, your data still have to live in some kind of physical location.
Often, the locations at which your data are stored will be different (perhaps as a commonsense security precaution). But of course, these options are easily adjusted. You have every reason to want control over where your data gets stored. And depending on what your data is, location may be critical for compliance and SLAs.
For example, depending on your use case—or depending on your client’s needs—you may need to keep your cloud data in the state that you or they operate from.
Controlling Where Your Cloud Data Is Stored
Fortunately, you do have some degree of control with your cloud services. The biggest cloud services, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft (Azure), and Google Cloud Platform (GCP), allow you to choose where your data is stored (and where it gets replicated). It’s critical for any cloud data storage provider to provide this level of control over your data.
Outside of major providers, many smaller cloud storage providers also offer this granular control over the location of your data. However, some may not. It’s important to check with each provider to ensure that your needs are met.
The next pressing issue is selecting the most optimal provider. Who do you trust to provide the cloud storage solution that works best for you? Should you work with multiple vendors? And what kind of additional security and support will you need?
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Hypershift is a consulting organization focused on SaaS, subscription software, and cloud technologies. We help organizations navigate their shift toward subscription software models. Our mission is to ensure best-in-class security, support, and management to optimize enterprise-level cloud strategies.