Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video Cloud storage considerations, part of Cloud Computing First Look (2012).
Cloud storage continues to increase in popularity as an attractive solution for many organizations. Now while there are many advantages, there are also potential pitfalls, so let's explore both. Aside from the cost savings we have discussed in previous lessons, it's important to understand how cloud storage offers a great way to protect your data. Having your data stored off-site beats backing up your data and storing it on- site in the event of a physical catastrophe. Keeping your data stored safely off-site can mean the difference between shutting down your business for a few days to recover and shutting down your business for good.
Now with cloud storage, you are not looking at an all or nothing proposition, in fact it might be smart to take a mixed approach to cloud storage in the beginning, using it for a few non-critical purposes. Until you find a cloud storage vendor that meshes well with your current IT systems, why not take the appetizer approach of testing one or two systems before going all in, when you'll find that provider who can give you exactly what you need. Of course, when your data is stored in the cloud, there are potential hazards to consider.
It's rare and data is almost never lost outright, but it is a reason to take caution when considering a move to the cloud. Now cloud storage providers will do everything in their power to keep your data secure, but there's always the chance that your data could be stolen or viewed by unauthorized parties. If you decide to use the cloud for storing your data, it's a good idea to encrypt that data and use secure data transmission with technologies like SSL, short for Secure Sockets Layer. Ultimately, the decision to use cloud storage comes down to your organization and what you want to store on the cloud.
David also presents an overview of migration and common cloud technologies as you contemplate a move to the cloud, including Google Apps, Microsoft Windows Live, and more. The final chapter outlines how to evaluate the ongoing effectiveness of the cloud for your business.
- Understanding the components and infrastructure of the cloud
- Working with storage and database services
- Understanding the benefits of cloud computing
- Assessing security risks
- Obtaining cloud storage
- Working with Google Apps, Windows Live, iCloud, and more
- Migrating to the cloud
- Training others on cloud use