Somehow, a perception exists that a cloud provides a certain level of redundancy by default. However, make no mistake. Redundancy is not inherent. Admittedly, individual hardware and software components have some redundancy built in. However, those capabilities do not eliminate the need for a redundant cloud any more than safe cars eliminate the need for […]
Many cloud vendors have little experience with business continuity--the resiliency, restoration, disaster recovery and security needed to keep your system operating, performing and secure. An Enterprise Cloud, however, should have business continuity "baked-in."
Should you negotiate your Service Level Agreement (SLA)? Pushing a cloud computing vendor to add more services may adds more risk than your realize. Here are questions to ask.
As you evaluate different cloud providers, it is important to understand the different concepts providers can use to deploy multi-tenancy. Different concepts facilitate—or limit—the way in which a provider can respond to changes in the service needs of clients.
Forrester’s James Staten recently wrote a very well written (and widely read) piece on Cloud Computing trends for 2011. While I agree with most of his bold points and predictions, one point gave me pause.
If your technology runs in a traditional data center and you move to a cloud where the same technology is used, security is quite similar. Essentially, you’ve been using virtual local area networks (VLANs) to separate your departments, and now your cloud provider use that same technology to separate your departments and to separate other tenants from you.
Is the cloud security risk overstated? If you work with a trusted partner and already have good security practices in place before you move to a cloud, I think the security risk in the cloud is slightly overstated. It is not cloud computing itself that is the risk.