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Identifying Your Trust Issues With the Cloud

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Many companies are choosing to reassess their deployment situation, whether it’s in the cloud, on-premises, or a hybrid of both.  There are many benefits for each method of deployment, but many businesses shy away from the cloud due to security concerns.  You might be interested in knowing that the cloud offers security protection that in some cases is even more robust than your on-site protection.  Which is why it’s important to take a moment to perform an assessment of your deployment options and identify your security needs.

To start your deployment assessment, discuss options and concerns with your software provider.  See what workloads you are comfortable moving to the cloud and what security measures are available to you.  You could move e-mail or calendar software to the cloud which can improve communication with your employees when they are out meeting with customers or just out to lunch.  Most email and calendar activities don’t contain sensitive corporate information, so it’s an easy leap for a company to consider when investigating cloud options.

To further boost productivity, you can safely move your enterprise resource planning (ERP) and/or customer relationship management (CRM) software applications into the cloud as well.  While you may hesitate to move sensitive customer or corporate information into the cloud, there are layers of security available to protect your data.   Microsoft has been building and managing cloud services since the launch of MSN® in 1994.  They use security programs, security controls, and compliance framework to make sure that those controls are operating effectively.  Layers of security are used to protect data center devices and network connections.  They protect your data with load balances, firewalls, and intrusion prevention devices.  In addition, Microsoft uses redundant severs around the world that are also protected by biometrics, card readers, alarms, and other measures that protect your data from power outages to natural disasters.

The next step is to evaluate the cost of moving into the cloud.  While top-notch security sounds expensive, it actually isn’t.  The scalability and flexibility of your cloud options keeps the cost down.  You only pay for the resources you use.  In addition, the money you save from your own IT time and materials budget brings the cost even lower.  You can reduce hardware, electrical, and maintenance expenses when you use cloud technology, and you improve productivity and communication with employees and customers.

No matter where your data is located, cyber-attacks have become more commonplace and could be performed to steal data or just to shut your operations down.  Backup and data recovery are not only expensive and time-consuming, they are straining IT teams and diverting their focus away from day-to-day IT needs.  Contact Perimeter Business Solutions to discuss your cloud options and concerns.  You might be surprised to find that the cloud will be more affordable and secure than you realize.

By Mark D. Kosakowski of Perimeter Business Solutions, your Atlanta based Microsoft Dynamics Partner.

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