The Changing Dynamics of Cloud Computing and IT

Feb 2012

The Changing Dynamics of Cloud Computing and IT

Posted by Samantha Morris

With everything seemingly moving to the cloud, you’re probably wondering what this may mean for you and your organization. The advent of the cloud requires both IT and business leaders to recognize the changing dynamics that technology is having on their organization.

There has been no shortage in the predictions that the cloud will lead to the diminished role of corporate data centers.  As more applications move to the cloud, Cisco predicts that in two years, by 2014, the amount of workloads processed in cloud data centers (51%) will surpass those processed in traditional data centers (49%) for the first time.  A year after that, cloud computing will grow to 57% of data center workloads.

Cloud Usage Chart

Cloud Computing has proven to be a disruptive technology as it relates to backup and recovery,  making it easy to provision backup-sites as needed at a relatively low cost. However, the perceived ease of this new opportunity betrays the gut instinct of many IT executives who spend a lot time worrying about data security and availability.

Is the cloud safe? Yes.

Here are a few examples:

  • If you’re running a completely isolated and private network on your own premises, better known as a Private Cloud, your organization will have complete control over the provision of security controls.
  • Most cloud service providers will have better recovery procedures and more sophisticated firewalls than can be achieved internally within your organization, because  their entire business relies on cloud security.

Although more and more organizations are moving their data and applications to the cloud, there is no way to ever completely outsource the responsibility that goes along with it.

Ask the right questions:

  • How is data secured at rest and in-flight?
  • How are legal and regulatory issues addressed?
  • How are my organization’s data and applications separated from other customers?
  • What levels of encryption are available?
  • What third party certifications does the vendor hold?

To learn more about cloud backup and your options, please access the complimentary guide “What you need to know about cloud backup” which  addresses the most common questions about cloud backup that will help you determine what role a cloud backup recovery and restore (BURR) solution can have in your business. 

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