A cloud contract is just that, a contract. As such, it carries with it all of the normal pitfalls of a contractual relationship -- and a few specialized ones. Here's how to identify and avoid the risks.
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Audit you glad you didn't fall for propaganda? Forget cloud providers' fluff talk boasting their compliance with the regulatory scheme du jour. The first question any cloud solution shopper -- especially one working in a highly regulated industry -- should ask a provider is: "How long ago was your last independent audit against the latest [relevant] regulatory protocols?"
If the answer is "Never," ixnay that provider.
Even for cloud customers that don't operate within a highly regulated sector, it might be a plus to know that a selected provider can pass a stringent regulatory audit.