Wednesday 1st May 2019
by John Casey

John Casey

6 common cloud concerns and how to overcome them

This is the first of two articles regarding common cloud concerns and how they may be overcome.

The significance of the cloud is increasing. Gartner forecasts that worldwide public cloud revenue will grow 17.3% this year to total $206.2 billion. And by 2022, 90% of organisations will be using cloud computing. So, what is currently preventing people from digital transformation?

What are the most common cloud concerns?

1. Data ownership and protection

You own your data. Always. And when you sign up for apps such as Office 365, your data platform can be assigned to a data centre region compliant with your regulatory requirements. Microsoft has over 100 data centres around the world including one in Ireland and three in the UK. Access to customer data is strictly logged, and both Microsoft and third parties perform regular audits to ensure all is ok.

2. Security/Distributed-Denial-of-Service attacks

Common cloud concerns

This is the biggest concern when it comes to moving to the cloud. And the frequency of attacks are growing. Companies typically deploy one of three modes to prevent DDoS and other cyber attacks:

  • Proactive where software watches all traffic and, when detected, mitigates against it.
  • Reactive: Specific traffic is routed, cleaned and redirected back into the network.
  • Hybrid: A bit of both and in fact, the best way to defend and protect against such attacks.  

3. Shared cloud

Some organisations won’t want to have their data in a public cloud. Such companies can implement a private cloud for extra security. And sometimes a hybrid or multi-cloud solution will work best.

4. Employee negligence

What happens if an employee (or past employee) accidentally or otherwise accesses data they shouldn’t? There are a number of ways to prevent this – the first is Privileged Access Management which ensures only those with the correct authority have access to your data. The second is to carefully manage users (IAM – Identity and Access Management) with user permissions. And when employees leave, be sure to remove their access. Thirdly, 2FA and Multi-Factor Authentication will also help prevent employee negligence.

5. Data loss and inadequate data backups

Common cloud concerns

This is one of the easiest cloud concerns to overcome. Implementing Backup as a Service and Disaster Recovery as a Service solutions will give you peace of mind.

6. Reliability and Availability of Service

We want our cloud applications to always be available when we need them, but how do we know they will be. Well, Microsoft guarantees 99.9% uptime and AWS 99.99%. So, you can rest assured that they will be available when you need them.

Our second article will be published on 29th May and contains more common cloud concerns and how you might overcome them.

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