Getting a good price agreement is just one part of a cloud computing contract effort, and security assurances and data access are just as valuable, according to legal experts. Understanding the potential risks and determining who is responsible for specific requirements go a long way to avoiding costly legal battles, Lucas Mearian writes. "Make sure you're not held hostage where they charge you an exorbitant fee for getting your data back," said Milton Petersen, a technology attorney with Hunter, Maclean, Exley & Dunn. "Also, look for some kind of cooperation and assistance from the vendor in getting your data out. [And] make sure there's an agreement around what they can or cannot destroy."

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