Cloud computing enables network access to a shared pool of resources in a way that’s quick and easily manageable. Cloud adoption started us toward the biggest IT shift in more than 20 years, according to the 2016 State of Cloud IT report.
Yet, uncertainty about cloud is still present in many minds and perhaps the reason for avoidance within some businesses. But if this transition is inevitable, then businesses face two options: resist and fall behind, or join them if you can’t beat them. Managed Cloud Services at TriTech examine how businesses can overcome their hesitation.
What is the cloud?
- Cloud storage is used for saving, recovery, and backup.
- Since your information is kept at the data center of your provider, it’s unaffected by damages to and malfunctions from your equipment.
- Cloud services:
- Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): CloudSigma, OpenStack
- Platform as a Service (PaaS): OpenShift, Microsoft Azure
- Software as a Service (SaaS): Citrix, RightScale
- Sets: IBM, Amazon, Oracle, Google
- Cloud hosting: private cloud, public cloud, hybrid cloud.
The “Don’t” Reason – Fixed
All surveyed organizations said their top cloud worry was employees unintentionally exposing data. Moreover, employees are considered the weakest link in security infrastructure. Cloud or not, businesses are weary of network users, so how can this uneasiness be resolved?
- Education. Talk to your employees about the appropriate security settings that you expect and the possible consequences of a data breach.
- Action. Create rules or a policy.
- Restrictions. Limit access to important folders and permit users only to areas they’ll be working with.
The “Do” Benefits
Businesses “are choosing cloud for the value it can add, not how much it can save them.” Almost 90% of organizations use cloud for “improving responsiveness to business needs.” Other reasons include:
- Improving operations
- Saving money
- Responding to competition
- Improving security
The “Don’t” Reasons
89% of company IT professionals are concerned about cloud security with over half finding that “employee use of cloud-based applications makes their company less secure as they may unknowingly expose data during the process.”
But there’s more than just employees that are seen as a threat.
- Hackers. Whether by using credentials or through the server, infiltration is very serious and dangerous. It can go undetected for days and often could’ve been easily prevented.
- Inexperience. Lack of knowledge before execution is unwise. If you don’t know how your cloud works, how can you expect for it to be safe?
- Loss. As a result of stolen or misplacement by an employee or thief.
63% of organizations ranked security higher than convenience, which is understandable since technology can be viewed as “the more convenient, the more risky.”
The “Do” Benefit (and fixing the “don’t”)
Verizon’s 2016 State of the Enterprise Cloud reports that 80% of organizations find cloud either more secure than or the same as their on-premise infrastructure.
- Compliance. Verify that employees are enforcing the correct privacy designations.
- Monitor. Frequently check the server for vulnerabilities and to ensure protection.
- Inactivity. Delete old and unneeded data. Not only does it free space but eliminates data that may be forgotten and potentially confidential.
- Managed Service. Hiring an IT company for your Wisconsin business is always an option, too.
Cloud Computing Solutions for Wisconsin Businesses
TriTech provides managed IT services in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Madison, and across Wisconsin. Learn more about cloud storage or begin a technology solution for your business by calling TriTech at (262) 717-0037 or toll-free (800) 891-3388.
The State of SMB Cybersecurity in 2015
State of the Market: Enterprise Cloud 2016
RightScale 2016 State of the Cloud Report
2016 State of Cloud IT