Gartner, an American Information Technology Research advisory predicted that ‘Nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017’. Amidst the significant growth visible in cloud deployments, moving your sensitive business data to hybrid cloud is not very easy. A small error can lead into severe disruptions or outages. Though the move to the cloud is a business decision, security management should also go hand-in-hand. Many organizations today lack the necessary visibility of their application connectivity requirements and underlying security policies. Here are some key integration considerations before you embrace the cloud.
If you are concerned about best securing your data, try to get convincing answers to a few questions like how secure is my data, how accessible is my data, how much will it cost, when does data need to be encrypted and who controls the encryption keys. After successfully answering these questions, you can confidently move to the cloud.
Security & Compliance
While talking about the cloud, the major concern is the security of data. It is critical that you take every precautionary step to secure data from increasingly sophisticated data threats like cyber surveillance, data breaches etc. Security and compliance issues should be given the top priority as it can affect the business critically. Make sure to find a provider who has a policy driven approach to where IT policies are automatically enforced.
Cost & Performance
The cost and performance should be perfectly balanced while choosing cloud. Cost has to be correctly measured and analyzed. The key factors that impact the performance of cloud includes type of media used, access protocols, and the access between storage and applications. Customers should analyze these before opting a provider.
Organizations should prioritize network vulnerabilities by business application. Applications can run the risk of being under performed and low availability while undergoing some reconfiguration. Business owners can opt for services such as automated replication and high availability of their application without any code changes.
Availability and Recovery capabilities
Enterprises need to have clear IT solutions that are vigilant because interruptions in computing services cause increased costs and can sometimes contribute to a loss of consumer confidence. Opt a provider who works closely with an IT consulting firm that can show them ways to organize bandwidth levels that will be sufficient to meet their IT needs. Always procure cloud service providers who offer a service level target with penalties for noncompliance.
Risk of Decommissioned Applications
Decommissioned applications often lead to security risks. IT professionals have to manually identify firewall rules each time to fix the issue. In doing so, many unnecessary access rules are left creating security risks. Always use firewall rules to identify network components and applications that can effectively block unauthorized access.
The sheer complexity of any given network can lead to a lot of mistakes, especially when it comes to multiple firewalls with complex rule sets. Simplifying security management processes through automation and an application-centric approach is a must.
With these key considerations, your successful integration to the cloud is possible. Stylus is already successful in integrating cloud services. With careful planning and a comprehensive security solution that’s custom fit our encryption needs, we are confident that our organization’s reputation and brand will remain trustworthy.