Will the CloudWork for You
Cloud computing seems simple in concept, and indeed, simplicity of operation, deployment and licensing are its most appealing assets. However when it comes to questions about assesablity, security or compliance, once you scratch the clouds surface you will find you have more questions than you intially asked in the first place and that there is indeed alot more to think about than you anticipated.
Regardless of your company's size or status, don't assume your cloud vendor's standard terms and conditions will fit your requirements. Start your due diligence by examining the vendor's contract.
With too many companies there's an assumption if you're dealing with a large cloud vendor that the vendor won't negotiate. When In fact, you might find that the vendor is willing to make some exceptions to raise your comfort level.In any case, don't be afraid to negotiate.
If you're new to the cloud, you may find that starting out on a pilot basis, or with non-critical data, is a good way to build confidence in the cloud
Our best advise to you is as with any partnership, it is important to clearly communicate up front the roles and responsibilities.
Before making a decision to go with any particular Cloud Computing vendor, ensure you have clarity on who does what as each vendor may be different.