During several of my recent phone calls with managed service providers, an interesting -- and controversial -- debate popped up. Some industry insiders say more and more MSPs based in the U.S. are only willing to work with on-shore hosting providers.
I may earn some spam from readers, but I think the location of data is becoming less relevant rather than more relevant. Am I crazy?
Before you flame me, please consider these points:
- Whether data sits on a hard drive below your desk or somewhere on the other side of the world, it's at risk.
- You can mitigate risk with aggressive contingency plans, backup and recovery strategies, and well-documented best practices (which, by the way, require regular practice).
- You can further mitigate risk by leveraging a data center provider complies with SAS 70 Type II service auditor reports and other types of controls.
Is this a true customer benefit? Should MSPs worry about where their data is hosted? I'm all ears.