Posted by Kalyani M. on Jul 24, 2013
In the past few years all sorts of enterprises have taken advantage of what the cloud has to offer, levering technology in their favor. But many businesses still are hesitant to switch IT operations and storage to the cloud out of security concerns. Through a secure cloud service, enterprises and startups can capitalize on the cloud without worrying about hacking, data leaks, or even governmental snooping. According to a recent study conducted by Neovise, 54% of organizations currently use cloud computing in some form or another. The enterprises that still haven’t made the switch have a wide range of options available to meet their unique needs.
One cheap option available is the public cloud. This off-site deployment method offers businesses advanced infrastructure that they share with other businesses. But while budget-friendly, the public cloud is less secure and takes data control out of the hands of businesses. An alternate to the public cloud is the private cloud. With onsite servers managed by an internal IT team, the private cloud is much more expensive but offers enterprises full control of their data and higher security. For most businesses, some sort of hybrid cloud model is most appealing, offering greater data control, tight security measures, and massive cost savings. According to Neovise studies, hybrid models are 46% more popular with organizations employing more than 1,000 workers.
The biggest reason for making the switch to the cloud is the major cost savings that the technology enables. Through the cloud, businesses can decide whether or not they want to host expensive onsite servers managed by large IT teams or outsource all operations to the cloud. With the fraction of the cost of hosting large servers, businesses can utilize advanced infrastructure while saving vital office space. From big data analytics to improved customer support, the cloud provides SMEs cost savings that allow for the reallocation of budgets from IT to development.
Another major reason for turning to cloud services is the enabling of real-time collaboration and workforce mobility. The cloud offers businesses the chance to jump aboard the wave of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies that permit workers to use their own laptops, smartphones, and tablets for daily operations. In a recent SugarSync survey, 73% of respondents currently allow the use of personal smartphones for work and 58% also permit the use of tablets. Such BYOD policies save companies money on buying and maintaining onsite computers, which are often made quickly obsolete due to rapid technological advances. The enabling of BYOD also allows for real-time collaboration from anywhere in the world as well as appealing work from home policies that can help startups and smaller businesses snag up some of the best talent. The SugarSync survey revealed that 20% of respondents currently have a model in which all employees work from home, saving businesses big on rent. And about 80% of cloud-based businesses at least have some employees working from home or offsite. As a non-profit director put it, “We can work from different locations and all have access to the same files. We can have several people working on a project who can all look at the files anytime, from anywhere.” This ease of collaboration enabled by the cloud has greatly improved team productivity, as claimed by 55% of survey respondents. And 64% of respondents claimed that cloud sharing has made collaboration much easier. In regards to the benefits of the cloud, one advertising executive says that it “has helped transform our business so that we can all collaborate in real time on all of our projects. Sharing files with clients is also incredibly beneficial as well, and the steps to do so are very simple.”
The third biggest reason for capitalizing on the cloud is the improved efficiency and scalability that cloud services offer. By transferring infrastructure to the cloud along with sensitive data, companies can do away with software updates and bulky onsite backup. And the cloud streamlines operations that used to take days to do manually. Through the cloud, businesses can tap the power of IT infrastructures that were once the privileged domain of the biggest billion dollar corporations. But none of that matters without proper security measures set in place to ensure that stored data is the cloud is kept safe and truly private. A single security breach could permanently damage brands and ruin entire companies.
A Sensible Solution With SpiderOak Blue
But selecting a truly secure third party cloud service can be a challenge as many services on the market have security gaps that leave private data vulnerable to third party attacks. One cloud storage and sync service that sets itself apart is SpiderOak Blue. This service provides enterprises with a fully private cloud service featuring all of the benefits of cloud storage along with 100% data privacy. And for the average web user, SpiderOak offers the same protections with lower costs and smaller storage space.
SpiderOak Blue protects sensitive enterprise data through 256-bit AES encryption so that files and passwords stay private as unreadable blocks of data. Authorized accounts 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, as SpiderOak never hosts any plaintext data whatsoever. 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.