October 19, 2015

4 Cloud Questions and Concerns Answered

With the cloud gaining popularity, it’s no wonder that the Internet is rife with rumours and concerns over this relatively new storage method. With popularity comes notoriety, after all. But we’re here to set your qualms and fears aside. Here are the most popular cloud questions answered.

1. Is my data less secure in the cloud than behind a firewall?

Storing your data behind a firewall or on premise does not guarantee that it’s secure. The number one line of defence should be encryption. If your data is stolen, it can’t be used if it’s encrypted. The problem then becomes that encryption is complicated to master and costly to implement with experts.

That’s where the cloud becomes beneficial to small business owners. By using the cloud, you share the cost of security, gaining enterprise levels of security on a small budget.

2. Do I need to store my data locally?

Only some businesses need to keep their data local. Certain industries and certain types of data, mainly personal data and final information, are required to be kept inside the country. Most businesses don’t fall in those categories, however, so you can keep your data stored anywhere in the world.

If you do want to keep your data local, most cloud solutions providers give you the option to choose which areas and data centers your data will be stored in.

3. If I can access my data in the cloud, can’t everyone else?

Hackers often exploit the weakest links in a chain, so while your data may be stored in a well-protected application, there are probably other systems attached to it that aren’t as secure.

The solution is two-factor authentication: the usual name and password with an additional factor, often a text message to your mobile phone, to ensure that you are who you say you are.

4. Does the cloud mean everything is public?

The main three types of cloud services are public, private, and hybrid. The public cloud is beneficial: it scales quickly, it’s maintained and secured 24/7, and you pay for what you use. However, it is risky for some as your data is stored on a shared infrastructure.

The private cloud offers the benefits of the cloud on a dedicated infrastructure, but at a higher cost. In addition, when there are workload spikes, the private cloud system can’t handle it as well as the public cloud.

The solution is the hybrid cloud that gives you the security of the private cloud but allows you to use the public cloud if you need extra capacity.

Don’t fear the cloud!

In sum, the cloud is secure, and there are many options available to customize your user experience. Whether you need extra security or your data stored locally, there are options everywhere. Get informed before choosing your data storage provider and ensure that their services include everything you need. The cloud is here to stay, so you may as well hop in!

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