One of the major concerns IT professionals often express regarding cloud computing is that their data is left in the hands the cloud service provider, often without any manageable offsite backup solution. Furthermore, some cloud providers rely on proprietary technology that prevents users from transferring data to another provider if necessary.
The following are a few possible answers to the above questions:
- Cloud platform – If you are particularly concerned about not being in control of your backups, you might work better with a cloud platform as a service (PaaS) rather than software as a service (SaaS). That way, you control your own applications and data and can send backups wherever you want.
- Open Source – You can eliminate your concerns of vendor lock-in by opting for a cloud service provider that uses open source technology. If you ever need to move to a new provider, your data will transfer nicely to a local or alternate cloud location. Examples of open source cloud platforms include Open Stack and Xen Cloud Platform.
- Third-party cloud backup – Many cloud hosts recognize the risk of keeping all of your data backups in the same location as your live data. They may offer offsite backups or provide you with access to a third-party backup host.
Keeping your cloud data backed up and safe does not have to be difficult. With a little investigation and careful planning, you can have safe and secure data along with the flexibility that comes with using Cloud Hosting.