Picking the right cloud provider: tough questions and fear of failure

Good data centers go overboard to avoid failure, and to plan for it when it happens

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No matter which it is and how reliable it seems, though, don't be put off by reassurances of ISO certifications or five-nines reliability or any of the other metrics of a good data center. Check beneath those covers and ask what happens to your data and apps if the cloud goes all Amazon unexpectedly.

Even the best data centers – especially the best data centers – have contingency plans to make sure they don't lose anything if all their ultrareliable systems suddenly turn belly up for a reason they never expected.

It's how you can tell a good data center from just another data center.

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