We have published several articles on Cloud Storage itself, including Cloud Servers and some free online Cloud Storage services. However, in order to use Cloud Storage efficiently, a regular user do need some special tips simply because Cloud Storage is somewhat like electricity, water and other municipality services you use, rather than the way you use your regular computer.
Understand which type of Cloud Storage service is right for you
Firstly, determine what you will use : free or paid. For example, Dropbox provides free Cloud Storage, that can be useful for casual usage, but for Enterprise level usage, definitely you will need to think about paid service, for example Rackspace provides various client specific plans.
‘Type’ can be divided in other ways as well : in to Provider Company, What is provided, What are the physical limitations, Whether the data is in a private Cloud Storage system or Private, Whether it is managed or unmanaged etc.
Cloud Storage and Security
Whenever you are using a paid Cloud Storage service, service-level agreements (SLAs) should be clear. Another point is about the privacy of data in the Cloud Storage. Because who collects and manages data on behalf of third parties may be forced by right, without the knowledge or consent of the owner to disclose information. Also, consider this point when they provide advice and providers must inform customers about it.
For example, , it is important to understand which Cloud Storage plan will be best for you.
Implementing faster Internet Connection for Cloud Storage services
This is another very important point about Cloud Storage, as well as Cloud Services as a whole. Obviously, the Cloud Storage Service provider must clearly mention what kind of Internet Service they are using . 10 Gigabit Ethernet is taken to be standard for base.
On the other hand, the end user should use (your company’s employee in this case) a good and stable Internet Connection, otherwise packet loss might happen.
Co-operation and integration
A Company, who is using the Cloud Storage service, must must have flexibility in the management front. It is duty of the company, at least for now to educate the employees regarding risks with Cloud Storage and Cloud Computing.