The definition of cloud computing can sometimes seem as fuzzy as a physical cloud. Basically, it is a model in which a network of remote computing resources is hosted on the internet for the storage, management, processing and retrieval of data. This article reviews cloud services, current industry practices, and what co-ops need to consider when contracting with cloud vendors. You will find information about what is driving movement to the cloud, benefits and drawbacks, and how to approach contracting for services.

Value to Electric Cooperatives:

This article will help cooperatives understand the opportunity, benefits, and drawbacks associated with using the cloud for data management. Not all applications are best served though the cloud, and for those that are, it is important to ensure the vendor you contract with has the right data protection plans and policies. This article provides guidance on what to consider, including a list of questions cooperatives can use to evaluate cloud vendor offerings.

Audiences:

Information Technology, IT, Engineering, Operations

KeyWords:

Cloud, IT, data management, vendor contracting

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