Andrew Frost explains why security most be taken into consideration when adopting a cloud-based solution.
In an increasingly mobile working business environment, cloud computing offers a flexible and cost effective alternative to traditional data storage, as businesses are able to create their own virtual pool of resources that can be accessed from anywhere possessing an internet connection.
The system allows organisations to keep pace with the rigours of modern day business by not only reducing costs, but also increasing productivity.
While there are a number of key factors that businesses need to consider before choosing their cloud package, security is arguably the most important.
Data is of paramount importance to any business, so although the cloud is a virtual network, it is important to choose a provider that stores the physical hardware powering its technology within highly resilient data centres.
To prevent the risk of infringing any data protection laws, it is also worthwhile opting for a provider that only owns data centres located within the UK.
Those that have a series of data centres, also own the network between them. This offers businesses disaster recovery capabilities that enable that important data to be stored within multiple locations.
Aside from reliability, businesses should look for providers that offer high levels of support and guaranteed Service Level Agreements (SLAs), in order for the business to focus its attention elsewhere from the IT department.
While security is obviously an important feature, so is its ability at reducing costs. The ‘pay for what you use’ aspect of the service means that pricing is very transparent and it’s something that can be tailored around every type of business’ respective budgets.
Businesses are also able to control their cloud storage through an online self-service portal. This enables the client to upscale or downscale their storage capacity, dependent on their usage consumption, within minutes. In a tough economic climate, where IT-related costs often need justifying, the idea of never paying for more than what you need is an attractive one to businesses.