The ABCs of Data Protection on the Cloud

I read an article that lays out how to ensure your data is protected when you’re running IT on the Cloud.  It brought up a few good points that I think can be added upon.

For one, it urges organizations to select service options such as performance and capacity levels that best suit their particular needs.  No company that’s storing critical data in the cloud should go without processes for:

– storage management

– data protection

– disaster recovery.

There’s the choice, too, of private or public provider.  Again, it all depends on what the company wants.  Let’s say a retail company wants to store and manage its data (such as in-store transactions, online purchases and supplier information) on a private cloud because a private cloud offers better control and access to sensitive data.

Yet, here’s a nuance for you. That same retailer might decide that keeping copies of data for disaster recovery on a public cloud service is lower risk (and less expensive).

But regardless of whether a company chooses a public, private or hybrid cloud platform, it’s imperative that that cloud has automated data lifecycle management (DLM), built-in data reduction and advanced application protection, says the article.

I recommend, too, that companies that do make the leap to the cloud — whether it be public or private or hybrid — back up their decision with 24/7 monitoring service, such as Monitis.   With monitoring, you can tell when your hosting service goes down, and you get timely notifications (via everything from live phone messages, to texts, to email and Twitter).