[How to] Be Confident Storing Information in the Cloud

Over the past few years, information explosion has inhibited organizations’ ability to effectively secure, manage and recover data. This complexity is only increasing as organizations try to manage the data growth by moving it to the cloud. It’s clear that storage administrators must regain control of information to reduce costs and recovery times while complying with regulatory compliance standards, including privacy laws.

Data growth is currently one of the biggest challenges for organizations. In a recent survey by Gartner, 47 percent of respondents ranked data growth as the biggest data center hardware infrastructure challenge for large enterprises. In fact, IDC says that enterprise storage will grow an average of 60 percent annually.

As a result, companies are turning to the cloud to help them alleviate some of the pains caused by these issues.

The Hype of the Cloud: Public, Private and/or Hybrid? – There is so much hype associated with cloud computing. Companies often struggle with defining the potential benefits of the cloud to their executives, and which model to recommend. In short, the cloud is a computing environment that can deliver on-demand resources in a scalable, elastic manner and is typically, but not necessarily, accessible from anywhere – through the Internet (http://blog.cloudsecurityalliance.org/). The cloud encompasses the principle that users should have the ability to access data when, where and how they want – regardless of device.

The public cloud is typically when a third party owns the infrastructure and operations and is delivering a service to multiple private entities (i.e., cloud-based email or document sharing). While these services typically provide low-cost storage, this model has a few drawbacks: companies have limited control over implementation, security, privacy. This can be less than ideal for some organizations. Continue reading…

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