The advent of cloud computing has spawned a whole new set of choices for the placement of corporate data. Cloud providers like Amazon, Microsoft Azure and IBM Softlayer provide easy to access Cloud storage at an affordable cost. There are many things to consider with cloud storage including: what data should be put in the cloud (considering access, performance, compliance), what data should not be put in the cloud, how to track and manage the cloud environment, security requirements, and cost.
A common assumption is that cloud storage costs less than on premise storage – this is not always true. Unless the right data is selected for cloud placement, it can lead to higher costs and more complex data/application management.