When moving to a VPS for the first time or considering moving the entirety of a hardware storage system to a virtual private server, there are a number of questions that every company should ask in order to ensure that they are as protected as they can be from security threats and that their data is as safe as possible.
First, companies should ask their providers just what kind of security network features are offered. These can be a network management virtualization layer or specific bandwidth rules that are tethered to certain machines no matter where the servers are migrated. These kinds of features not only help to ensure that data is well-protected from outside influences but that it is also taken care of in the event of any inside the VPS trouble. These are both essential Quality of Service (QoS) functions that every server provider must be able to reliably offer.
As well, companies must ensure that they have the proper storage options available to them, and should ask providers how their integrated storage works with the management layer they offer. Having the right protocols in place from the start in a storage layer can help ensure that data is quickly recovered in the event of a disaster and that there is no lag time between a server crash and the process of storage recovery.
In addition, companies should inquire with providers about updates and upgrades to the VPS system – when are they performed and how. Some updates are critical and will require interruption of services; others can be done in the background. By knowing what to expect before migrating all data to a virtual server, companies can ensure they get the best storage for their dollar.