Don’t lose your way in the Clouds

Cloud Computing has become popular in recent years, as Cloud Providers have been keen to promote the cost benefits and how simple it is to store date in a Cloud for example, Apples ICloud, Cloud is  not a straightforward solution and brings a whole set of issues that users need to considered.

Cloud solutions have the capabilities to changing the approaches of implementation, usage and management of computing systems for both the public and private sector, however the consequences of moving to a Cloud solution, for example security concerns or the loss of data control has result in businesses and users being in a diffcuilt position. There have been several high-profile data breaches such as Sony and Talk Talk in recent years, leading to concerns about sensitive data being stored and transmitted.

According to recent findings 2016 is the year for Cloud and also predictions for 2016 indirect that Cloud adoption will continue to raise, and more and more applications and resource move to the ‘Cloud’ there is increase pressure to adopt. So with this being the direction IT appears to be moving, what Cloud strategy should you be taking? – Public, Private or Hybird? And is having no cloud strategy even an option anymore? For anyone considering using any form of Cloud it is essential to stop, look at your surrounding and focus on what you actually need from an IT system before jumping straight in. Ensuing your cloud strategy is aligned to your needs is critical for business, yet the offer of cheap monthly contract can easily result in other considerations being ignored.

Information is the most valued asset for any business. Any events that could lead to the confidentiality, integrity or accessibility of sensitive data being compromised would have major repercussions for the business. Therefore information security is a core consideration when selecting an IT system.  As Cloud access is only possible through the use of the internet, this automatically opens the doors to a range of cyber security related concerns.   Alongside the security aspects, user need to understand the different types of cloud available and understand that even though cloud promises more enhanced performance and usability, not all applications are suitable for use on cloud platforms as not all applications can be transformed into cloud applications. Therefore in some cases, businesses will be restricted in how they are able to use clouds and will have to still maintain their current systems to use applications that are unavailable on clouds. The cost of supporting two different systems will not be possible for many businesses.    Careful consideration must be taken and questions need to be asked such as, where will the data be stored? What security policies are they to ensure the user is protected? What happens if a security breach such as through hackers, of virus occur? At the end of the day the  businesses need to judge the  potential benefits, problems and suitability of cloud before investing as they have the task of safeguarding their assets, it is not the full responsibility of the Cloud Providers.

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