Each day, more and more sets of sensitive corporate data are being funnelled into cloud environments. David Linthicum wrote on InfoWorld that it will soon be difficult to remain competitive with a IT infrastructure hosted exclusively in-house, as cloud services bring some huge advantages to the table in the way of flexibility, cost-efficiency and improved analytical capabilities.
For organizations to truly be successful in this arena, however, they'll need a proper map guiding the migration process. And the crucial first step for any team involves a thorough review of the information assets in their possession.
"'Of course we understand our data,' you might retort," Linthicum wrote on InfoWorld. "Not really – most enterprises know that data exists and where it is physically, but have no clue as to what that data means or how it's interrelated. Just ask for a single definition of a customer, and see where that conversation goes. You can't build new databases or migrate data unless you understand the meaning of that information trove. Although this may seem very fundamental (and it is), it's often where cloud database projects become derailed."
After this, Linthicum wrote on Infoworld that companies must define the objectives of data security and governance in an effort to make sure the policies imposed on these models is more sophisticated. After this, there needs to be a path made toward improving how IT works and not simply just making a move over to a new world of IT. Linthicum said companies cannot just move data, as they need to be able to make the cloud migration a success that will be valuable to business operations.
Securing the information before the architecture
Many companies may think it is wise to focus on the database security, but Adrian Lane, a security analyst, wrote on Dark Reading that it may be more important to focus on securing the information contained in these cloud computing databases.
"So what if you want to run different applications, or multiple applications, on the same model?" he asked. "When you peel back the layer of service, you get PaaS. PaaS is different from SaaS because you are responsible for the management of the software stack. You are being provided a platform, typically from the OS layer up, on top of which you install and manage your applications. You pay for each instance you create."
With this in mind, companies need to be sure they are securing what they are creating and only creating what they can secure within the cloud. This means keeping things in more of an orderly fashion within cloud computing databases to have a better structure for easier security.
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