Despite all the interest in cloud storage today, many organizations still wonder whether the technology is the right route for their environment. Questions about value, cost and security weigh heavily on the minds of users and administrators; and cloud outages and failures by companies such as Nirvanix further exacerbate these concerns when it comes time for users to evaluate their cloud considerations checklists.
While there may not be a definitive answer as to whether or not cloud is the best bet for every organization, the question you should be asking is whether the cloud is right for your enterprise. How you intend to use the cloud and the steps you take to ensure the security of your data all play a role in the success of any cloud deployment.
In this essential guide, we've collected the best of our experts' tips to help you utilize the cloud, analyze costs and ensure the security of your information in the cloud. Learn the differences between public and private cloud storage and traditional storage. Find out how other companies use cloud technology. Get the information you need to prevent unexpected "sticker shock" with a move to the cloud -- while vendors promise initial lower costs, the pricing structure can be difficult to decipher. Finally, we provide a number of resources you can use to determine how to best handle cloud security issues.
Determining the cloud's business value
Recent surveys reveal that many companies are using the cloud for more than just backup. The following links outline recent developments in cloud storage use, and the decisions users need to make once they've taken their first step into the cloud.
The real penetration cloud storage has achieved is the growing number of companies that use the technology to store data for applications other than data protection. Continue Reading
Expert Brien Posey explains how cloud gateways can help to make cloud storage seamlessly available to a local network. Continue Reading
The private cloud vs. public cloud decision for cold data storage hinges on data amounts, length of storage and access needs, consultant advises. Continue Reading
Cloud storage expert Arun Taneja offers a core set of evaluation criteria to help you choose a cloud storage provider. Continue Reading
Do cloud costs outweigh benefits?
Prominent among cloud considerations is cost. Are you really saving money? The cloud's relatively low base price can be appealing, but organizations need to look out for hidden and unanticipated costs, and know how to get the best bang for their buck. The tips below provide information on performing a cloud cost analysis and on benefits that go beyond just a reasonable price.
Cloud costs can quickly skyrocket if the budget isn't kept in check. Cloud cost analysis tools, such as CloudCheckr and Cloudability, can help users to evade unanticipated costs. Continue Reading
Cloud storage can be less expensive from a cost-per-gigabyte perspective, but it's important not to lose sight of its other benefits as a value proposition. Continue Reading
Explore the hidden costs of joining the cloud, including on-demand and third-party services. Continue Reading
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But is it safe?
The No. 1 concern with cloud technology is, undoubtedly, security. As with any "new" form of storage, users need to feel confident that it's safe to use before trusting it with their mission-critical data. The following links address common security concerns, including privacy policies, risk assessment and your role in keeping your data secure.
So, what is cloud computing anyway? The definition isn't always clear. Ravila Helen White helps enterprise security professionals figure it out. Continue Reading
According to expert George Crump, as long as storage professionals understand encryption and authentication, the cloud is just as secure as any data center. Continue Reading