I am working on two new feature articles for Computer Weekly. There is some overlap between the two topics, so I am posting them both here.
The topics are:
Key questions to ask suppliers about storage-as-a-service consumption models
5 things you need to know about cloud file services
For the first piece, this is a brief for CIOs and their teams sourcing cloud storage. We will come up with a ranked list of questions IT teams should ask vendors. These could include:
- payment models
- how usage is calculated
- how does pricing change as demand goes up or down
- how can I upgrade systems
- minimum contract commitments
- what is the maximum (or minimum) storage capacity the vendor can offer?
There might be other points that could be added to the list. I cannot use vendor quotes directly but can look at research, and take analyst comments.
For the second piece, we are aiming to distinguish between fully featured cloud file services, including those from the “big three” and file and sync type services such as Box or Dropbox.
The piece will set out the benefits and limitations of cloud-based file services and explain how they are used. And the article will identify the main vendors, both pure play and those that are part of a wider cloud (storage) offering.
The deadline for leads and content is 1700hrs, Tuesday 17th August. These articles will be published in September. If you can help, please submit any ideas or content by email .