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Cloud Computing best practices #5 and #4: Monitoring and covering your backup

Importance of Cloud Data Monitoring

Cloud Computing doesn’t mean you walk away from your IT.

That’s why #5 in our Cloud Computing best practices countdown is: Always monitor your Cloud services.

Moving to the Cloud doesn’t require a new network (unless your existing network already has serious issues). But bandwidth is a core component of systems using Cloud platforms, so you need to plan for your bandwidth requirements and monitor bandwidth use. Doing this generally obviates Cloud bandwidth issues. And monitoring is the best way to ensure that your provider is living up to your service-level agreement.

The nature of Cloud Computing (shared centralized resources) makes protecting your data easier than ever — but it doesn’t just happen. Thus Cloud Computing best practice #4 is: Cover your data backside — which is to say, make certain you’re doing data backup right.

This requires that you make sure you know…

  • What data lives in the Cloud
  • Where your data lives in the Cloud
  • How your data is protected once it’s in the Cloud
  • How your data is protected in transit
  • How and where your data is backed up
  • How — and how easy — is it to get your data backups

Next time: Cloud Computing best practice #3.

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