Raising the Bar:
25 Things To Ask Your Legal Private Cloud Provider
Every day, forward-thinking law firms ditch their servers and move to the cloud. We’ve seen more law firms make the switch to cloud-based platforms in the last 12 months than ever before, and the trend isn’t showing any signs of slowing.
And it makes sense. On-premise IT is full of headaches, unexpected costs, inflexibility and lack of security and reliability. Cloud-based solutions, conversely, offer security, mobility, reliability and scalability.
It becomes easy to see why so many law firms are moving to the cloud. Many of these law firms have, and are committed to, “traditional” or premise-based Legal Practice Management software. Applications like Time Matters, PCLaw, Tabs3, ProLaw, Needles and others. A Private Cloud is a platform that will host all of a law firm’s technology, including its practice management software.
With so many law firms moving to a Private Cloud, there are also many companies jumping on the private cloud bandwagon, claiming “me too!” and throwing together their own cloud offering.
Which is a problem.
Here’s why. Many small, local IT consulting companies, who are losing business and revenue by the truckload to the cloud, have spun up their own cloud service in a desperate bid to stay afloat. Meanwhile, some software companies have done the same in an attempt to keep their software relevant for a bit longer.
But providing cloud services for law firms isn’t for newbies.
There are a number of serious issues to consider before selecting a cloud service provider. The legal profession has unique security, ethical, and
compliance requirements to factor into the selection of a cloud provider. Law firms also have specialized software and mobility considerations that few
cloud service providers are equipped to handle. Many cloud service providers—including otherwise capable and reputable providers—simply do not understand legal practice, issues surrounding privileged client information, nor do they have experience working with legal specific software.
The consequences of choosing the wrong provider can be devastating to a law firm. So to help you, our readers, friends and our colleagues separate the high-risk providers from the gold-standard ones, we’ve put together this list of 25 things to ask your potential Private Cloud provider.