CONSIDERING THE CLOUD?

7. December 2011, 18:24 | by WD Milner | Full Article |

In times such as these where economics is consistently first and foremost, enterprises look to reduce expenditures by removing overlap in IT allocations, consolidating redundancies in infrastructure and in-house applications to the “cloud”. Almost universally cloud services believe in the benefits of optimization and service oriented computing and cater to those wishing to maintain a narrow focus on core objectives rather than having to manage operational details of providing data services.

A large and growing number of medium and large enterprises have been moving to cloud-based services but many are waiting for security and reliability standards to improve. Things such as ubiquitous data encryption with a usable, safe, key management system, network bandwidth and data de-duplication are all areas still lacking.

Issues that need addressing by cloud vendors and areas that those seeking to move to the cloud should be asking about include:

  • Is data encrypted at rest and in transit? How?
  • Is data isolated and protected from intrusion? How?
  • Is data co-mingled with other users on the same disk drives? Is it pooled? Is it stored on physically separated shelves, disks or arrays?
  • On what RAID type is data stored?
  • How is data backed up?
  • Is there a disaster recovery plan? What is it?
  • How is latency handled, and are there guarantees regarding performance and penalties for not maintaining them?
  • How is data moved should another provider be chosen?
  • How is data collected if it is to be moved back in house? What charges are incurred?

While the “cloud” can have benefits, it can also be a minefield for the unwary. Be prepared.

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Keywords: cloud,security,options,pitfalls

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