Cloud security isn’t hard or new. It’s really just traditional concepts and concerns applied to an ‘unseen’ and multi-tenant environment. For example: IT pros familiar with applying patches to a windows server in a back closet, are now, in the cloud model, applying those same patches via RDP.
“If you build it they will come”.
The old adage that was successful for Kevin Costner in ‘Field of Dreams’, may not necessarily be the best advice for IT organizations looking to break into cloud computing. Careful consideration must be given to leveraging pre-existing cloud infrastructure and creating a solid partnership with an existing infrastructure provider.
While the Chinese Zodiac may state that it is the “Year of the Horse,” technology dictates that 2014 will be the year of the cloud. More and more companies, small and large are beginning to understand the benefits that cloud computing offer including reduced up-front investments, lower labor costs, access to enterprise-grade infrastructure, stability, scalability, and flexibility. However, deciding exactly when to make the jump can be a complicated matter. Even though the benefits are enormous, making the move without the proper planning and consideration is ill-advised. Every company should carefully consider all aspects of the move before taking the plunge.
IT organizations need to begin thinking and operating more like a service provider.
They should be able to describe their offerings as services based on attributes such as business value, compliance, security, availability and performance. Technology options should be mapped to service offerings and the costs associated with those cloud services. This approach can help to drive more efficient delivery of IT services and increase user satisfaction whether a cloud approach is ultimately pursued or not.