Using the Cloud Securely: the Data Issues
NCC Guidelines - Volume 5 - Number 1
This Guideline comes from guest NCC authors and cloud industry expert contributors, Ian Moyse and Frank Jennings.
There has been a thunderstorm of growing noise surrounding cloud computing in the past two years. Vendors, analysts, journalists and membership groups have all rushed to cover the cloud medium – although everyone seems to have their own opinion and different definition of cloud computing. As with many new sectors of technology, the key is to separate the truth from the hype before making educated decisions as to the right time and manner in which to participate in ‘the cloud’.
While still evolving and changing, cloud computing is here to stay. It promises a transformation – a move from capital-intensive, high-cost and complex IT delivery methods to a simplified, resilient, predictable and cost-efficient model. As an end-user organisation you need to consider where and when cloud may offer benefit and a positive edge to your business.
Cloud computing is not a new technology, but a new concept of delivering computing resources. Services ranging from full business applications, security, data storage and processing through to Platforms as a Service (PaaS) are now available instantly in an on-demand commercial model. In a time of belt-tightening, this new economic model for computing has achieved rapid interest and adoption.
As the industry rushes to capitalise on the cloud delivery model, users are faced with more and more choices, making it harder to distinguish between a robust, reputable vendor and a small, possibly risky, player. Selecting a safe-bet vendor is critical. Many are software vendors that are just dipping their toes into cloud technology. But the cloud is a very different world, and there is a different approach and mindset to deliver upon.
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