The article explains the meaning and necessity of controlling the cloud and gives a few useful hints on how to do it right.
If you consider migrating to the cloud, you shouldn't think only of its benefits and how to make it work for your company. What matters even more is making sure you don't lose control over your data in the cloud.
The fear of losing control over your files is not as bad as the loss itself as that will affect everything: business performance, finances and security. A few years ago, when cloud was a rarely used technology, IT departments were mostly focused on the major processes and infrastructures. Until recently, cloud management was something they were not ready for, it actually meant management of the virtual machines.
With the growth of hybrid cloud, managing incompatible domains has become impossible. However, today, companies have successfully created strategies and skill sets to take control over cloud. In short, companies need to meet the standards of integrity, security, compliance, performance and reliability in their cloud environment. Sounds promising, but how to do it right?
We've built a scenario that you should follow to achieve the fullest control possible over your cloud infrastructure and move your data without the fear of losing control over it.
Each of the three cloud deployments - private, public, hybrid - needs its own management system. But when a company can afford to invest in more personalised cloud solutions, it will achieve more control over the platform.
Cloud security is the major concern that users should focus on. Failing to secure data will simply make other features worthless. This is the reason why companies increasingly invest in private and hybrid cloud. Custom clouds with limited access give an added layer of credibility but it's often not enough to feel safe and be safe.
Imagine you usecloud for document processing. The files you create belong to your organisation and you want to have full accessover them. You expect that no one else has access to them unless you give them permission to do that. But, for whatever reason (settings, software bug or lack of expertise), the app lets other users view your documents and modify them. This has all been triggered by faulty access control. Before you take any steps, you have to clearly differentiate between the actions expected from you and those from your cloud provider.
There are two factors that can give you control over cloud – the first one is cloud provider technical capabilities and responsibility while the other one is the depth of your cloud expertise (or of your IT administrator). This means you will never manage your data confidently if your cloud platform lacks the vital features. In the same way, the choice of even the most technically advanced cloud service will be worthless if you don’t know how to operate it properly.
At this stage, look deeper into what your cloud provider offers and ask about compliance, data encryption and some relevant features, such as data tracking and access roles management.
Cloud is a very crowded place, but even here it’s possible to be the boss and control data with ease. Are you coping with your cloud management? If not, there must be something you need to change, be it cloud provider or your approach.