Ninety-four percent of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have experienced performance benefits from using cloud services, according to the Microsoft Trustworthy Computing SME cloud trust study. A 2015 study by KPMG, found that a majority of organizations have already begun adopting some form of cloud technology. This study also noted that the respondents expect to move more business processes to the cloud in the future. These statistics show that cloud computing has moved beyond its initial “hype” status to become a necessity for businesses in various industries.
Cloud computing is the ability to use a network of remote servers to store and access data and programs over the Internet. Clouds come in various forms and sizes to cater to different organizations’ needs. Due to its incredible accessibility, low cost and flexibility, the cloud is an alternative to the traditional hard drive. Cloud computing advances organizations by integrating technologies and various infrastructure elements.
Though cloud computing has become more sophisticated since its inception, organizations considering cloud computing may still have concerns. Due to research and the ever-changing development of the cloud, these concerns are continually being addressed.
The cost: Many organizations may be wary of the cost of cloud computing due to their past experience of paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for traditional backup systems. These upfront costs don’t exist with cloud computing, which is much more cost-efficient because it runs on a pay-per-use system. Clients don’t pay for upgrades, additional fees or hardware like traditional backup systems.
Migrating to the cloud: Many organizations that are transferring data into the cloud are concerned about the overall security of their data. Cloud computing adapts to an organization’s needs and infrastructure. Security requirements are determined before migrating to the cloud, allowing organizations to have a clearer idea of the type of cloud service needed.
Data protection and privacy in cloud: Fifty-four percent of respondents of an ISACA/CSA cloud market maturity study said security and privacy is their top cloud computing concern. Best security practices and a thorough assessment of an organization’s capabilities will lower the risk of cyber attacks.
Business continuity plans: Many organizations are reluctant to move to cloud computing due to the unpredictability of a disaster or data breach.
Compliance requirements: Meeting onerous compliance requirements may seem complicated to many organizations. Organizations are concerned with which security controls will satisfy auditors, especially when implementing the cloud.
Organizations must have an efficient and thorough strategy when moving to cloud computing. A strong strategy solution will maximize business value, strengthen overall infrastructure, and help to illuminate the risks and advantages of implementation. Wilson Consulting Group (WCG) has the best tools, techniques, IT experts and consultants to do just that. We work with our clients to create a strong, clear strategy by considering a variety of factors such as personal business needs and cost-effective opportunities. We assess organizations before integrating the cloud to ensure that our services fit their needs and meet their goals. WCG also offers a hybrid cloud strategy. The implementation of hybrid cloud strategies is drastically increasing every year. Eighty-two percent of enterprises now have a hybrid cloud strategy that combines both public and private cloud options, as compared to 74 percent in 2014, according to the Right Scale 2015 State of the Cloud Report.
Cloud strategy goes hand in hand with cloud computing security. Cloud computing security is a set of control-based technologies and policies designed to maintain data security, adhere to compliance regulations, and provide a data backup plan in the event of a security breach. Cloud computing security services have become increasingly sophisticated and secure.
WCG offers a strenuous assessment, as our elite IT experts evaluate the cloud provider’s capabilities.
We look for the appropriate security and privacy mandates and standards, allowing clients to gain greater insight into which cloud computing model is best for their organization.
It is important that organizations carefully assess their infrastructure to address security needs.
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