Things to Look for While Choosing a Cloud Storage Provider

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Cloud storage is a data storage service, which helps it’s users to store their valuable data remotely. It also helps to maintain and backup data efficiently. The data stored in a cloud storage is always available to it respective owner through internet. Some providers offer their limited service for free and charge money for additional and premier services. These charges are paid on monthly or yearly basis. It is important to have a clear idea about your cloud vendor selection criteria, which defines your requirements clearly.

Most of the cloud storage providers [new/old] try their best to attract users to buy their service with dynamic advertisement and marketing. This makes genuine buyer confused about which provider is trustworthy and which is not. Here we provide some information which will help you to make your cloud vendor selection criteria clear so you can efficiently pick the provider that fits best in your requirement. Here we go:

1. Storage Capacity:

This is the thing for which you are about to spend a couple of cash. You need to be clear about how much storage space is required. The range offered by storage providers varies from 1GB to unlimited space. It is wide enough to provide you a wide range of choice. Take a breath, think, and determine exactly how much space do you require. It will save you from spending money on unused storage space and you can stay in budged too.

2. Security Level:

So after a long term of thinking you have finally come up with your storage requirement. Now the second thing of concern is security! How safe your data will be in the cloud storage? Make sure that the vendor is providing at least 256-bit encryption to protect your data from cyber criminals. You should check if the provider is using Secure Socket Layer (SSL) or not.  You must make sure what data storage technique is being used, local or off site data. Local data is safer than off site data since there will be no third party included except you and the vendor. Not only for cyber crimes, may you also check what techniques are used in case of disasters, are they keeping regular backups or not, they are protected from DDoS attack or not, etc. DDoS attacks are a real threat for your data since they are unstoppable once they manage to get through the first layer of security. So make sure you’re your vendor has a tight layer of security to counter these kind of attacks.

3. Scalability of the Storage:

If you have bought a limited storage plan and your requirements are growing constantly, there will be a moment when you will lack of storage space on your cloud. If you know that your requirements will grow with time you must make sure that the vendor is offering flexible plans, in which data limit can be increased instead of buying an unlimited plan. It will help you to optimize your money effectively and save you from spending a bunch of money on unlimited storage space.

4. Availability:

As a cloud storage user you may want your data available whenever it is required. The availability of data on cloud storage known as uptime depends on its tier [tier1, tier2, tier3, tier4]. Uptime for tier 1 service is almost 99.671% and for tier 4 services it is 99.995. This time difference is not significant but the technology used by various tiers is what really counts. For instance, tier1 cloud storage providers basic server rooms where tier 4 provides technologies implemented like heating and HVAC systems. This helps the storage to reduce downtime and increase the availability. 

5. Pricing :

So after checking all the aspects mentioned above, you have finally shortlisted some providers to chose from. Now you may consider the price they are charging you for their service. It is not a hard task, since most of the cloud storage vendors use straight forward price models. You will be charged according the storage space and features you are using on monthly or yearly basis. There are a lot of options available to choose from so find the one that fits best according to your budget and your requirements too. If you face a situation where you have to throw couple of extra bucks for some service, do it! Because you will not regret since you will get what you are paying for. If you save money you will lack a feature and vice versa. Keep in mind that it is not always possible to stay within the budget. So keep the budget flexible and be ready to pay a little extra than the price you were planning to pay.

6. Terms of services:

Before buying any plan you must make sure that you have read and understood terms of services from respective storage providers. Doing so will save you from facing any unpleasant surprises after buying the plan. Make sure if the vendor lock-in is required or not, since vendor lock-in makes it very difficult to switch the provider once you have stored a lot of data on the current cloud storage you are using.

7. Customer Support:

By storing your valuable data on cloud storages, you are trusting on a third party that they would store the data securely and will be there to watch your back if, (however) something goes wrong.  It is recommended to choose a cloud storage vendor that can be contacted via multiple channels like phone, email, website support, chat and even social media. 

We assure that these aspects will help you to make your cloud vendor selection criteria clear as mirror so you can choose a provider that fits best in your requirement. Even if you have selected some vendor according to all the criteria described above, make sure you read customer opinions for the respective provider. It will help you to figure out if the provider is reliable or not. For more useful tips, please visit

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