– Six things CIOs must consider before moving to the cloud

Cloud computing may have been hyped but it can offer real benefits provided you address certain issues up front, says Clive Longbottom.

Cloud computing has been hailed as the cure for all IT ills. Fortunately, a measure of reality is now returning to people's view of the technology and the business value it can provide.

Nevertheless, some organisations are still not thinking through the issues of cloud computing, which may cause them problems down the line. If these issues aren't accommodated for, the cloud can become a barrel over which providers can stretch client organisations.

So, what are those issues and how can we minimise their impact?

1. Data ownership

The first issue is making sure you own the data and that this ownership is built into the agreement with the provider.

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Alex Carroll

Alex Carroll

Managing Member at Lifeline Data Centers
Alex, co-owner, is responsible for all real estate, construction and mission critical facilities: hardened buildings, power systems, cooling systems, fire suppression, and environmentals. Alex also manages relationships with the telecommunications providers and has an extensive background in IT infrastructure support, database administration and software design and development. Alex architected Lifeline’s proprietary GRCA system and is hands-on every day in the data center.
Alex Carroll