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Squeezing the Cloud: How to Capitalize On the Technology

Posted by on Aug 7, 2013

If your enterprise is still trying to force a profit out of old technologies then it’s time to take the jump into the cloud. While Edward Snowden’s disclosure of the NSA’s PRISM program has caused a wave a fear to ripple through most industries, simply staying away from the cloud isn’t an option for enterprises looking to establish a long and profitable future. Private clouds services that offer user anonymity and data privacy through strong encryption feature all of the benefits of the cloud along with protections against data mining, hacking, and even NSA snooping.

Capitalizing on the Cloud

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Although cloud computing has helped smaller businesses compete on the competitive global market, many larger enterprises still haven’t tapped the full potential of the cloud. According to Alison Cairns, Accenture’s managing director for cloud in Australia and New Zealand, “The conversation is really about growth and what cloud is going to do for the clients’ businesses. The by-product is cost savings, but that’s a far less interesting conversation.” Through strategic planning, the cloud can proactively be a source of increased profits. Large-scale enterprises can harness the cloud to reduce the enormous amount of capital expenditure traditionally required of new developments.

How the Cloud is Being Used Today

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Enterprises can also streamline efficiency and drive up profits by taking a close look at application architecture and making any necessary changes to let the cloud to the bulk of the work for any relevant programs. Through a combination of strategic applications and private cloud services, companies can enjoy reduced staffing needs along with scalable storage and sync that adjusts to meet shifting demands. As opposed to purchasing, storing, and maintain expensive servers onsite, the cloud offers even the largest enterprises the flexibility of new tech startups. But companies should be wary of trusting their data to multiple cloud services as this creates more security vulnerabilities and can be difficult to manage. For FolderSync founder, Anders Carlsen, his frustrations with multiple cloud services led him to start his own company. According to Carlsen, “I was a software developer who used a lot of cloud services for various purposes, and none of the solutions at the time supported the needs I had.” In today’s cloud market, all of that has changed and private cloud services offer a one-stop-shop for most enterprises looking for secure storage and syncing solutions.

Cloud Computing In the Future

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Unless enterprises are quick to adopt the cloud as the new technological standard, many may be left behind in the global race to the top. According to a survey of IT decision makers conducted by Palmer Research, 65% of respondents already use or plan on adopting private cloud deployment of some kind. But before making the switch determine consumption metrics for all departments so that your enterprise starts off with the right amount of storage and sync space. Fluctuating company needs will determine how much storage space to purchase, but starting off with a good estimate based on previous numbers can help streamline the deployment process. And be sure that whatever third party cloud service provider your company chooses offers data scalability so that pricing adjusts flexibly to your actual monthly usage.

Making a Profit Without Losing Protection

Intellectual property theft, internal leaks, and hacking can set companies back, halt production, and severely dip into profits. In the light of such threats, enterprises should only seek out cloud services that offer user anonymity and strong encryption. With a private cloud service, even in this case of a security breach, vital company information would be protected as unreadable blocks of data.

For many enterprises, finding a truly protected third party cloud service can be a challenge as many “secure” services on the market have security gaps that leave private corporate and consumer data wide open to third party attacks and even governmental spying, in the light of the ongoing NSA PRISM scandal. One cloud storage and sync service that sets itself apart from the rest of the market is SpiderOak Blue. This service provides enterprises with fully private cloud storage and sync, featuring all of the benefits of the cloud along with 100% data privacy. SpiderOak Blue is available with onsite deployment and private servers or outsourced deployment through a private and secured public cloud server.

SpiderOak protects sensitive enterprise data with 256-bit AES encryption so that files and passwords stay private. Authorized accounts and network devices can store and sync sensitive data with complete privacy, because this cloud service has absolutely “zero-knowledge” of user passwords or data. And all plaintext encryption keys are exclusively stored on approved devices because SpiderOak never hosts any plaintext data. This way, even if programs like NSA’s PRISM continue to stand unchallenged, consumers can rest easy knowing that their data is truly protected and brands can gain diehard customer loyalty by publically securing consumer information. SpiderOak Blue’s cross-platform private cloud services are available for enterprises on Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms, along with Android and iOS mobile devices.

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