November 1, 2017
Data is more valuable than ever. So when companies look to migrate to the cloud, it makes sense that some may be apprehensive. To ease the nerves, we’ll explain the safe and fearless way to migrate data. It might not be nearly as scary as you think.
Why Move to the Cloud?
Cloud computing plays an integral role in modern digital transformations. It allows users to access applications and data through the internet versus hardware. Cloud computing programs provide more flexibility than legacy systems and are relatively affordable. IBM defines the three major benefitsof cloud computing as fThe Wlexibility, efficiency and strategic value.
Cloud computing programs are flexible for two reasons. They’re highly customizable and users can access their programs anywhere with internet connection. Operating in the cloud allows companies to bring the most innovative digital products to market without worrying about the underlying infrastructure.
Two of the most common concerns in data migration to the cloud include security and cost. While overall trust in the cloud continually improves, many companies rightfully worry about cybersecurity breaches. A recent Government Technology article by Dan Lohrmann reports that on average, 44% of IaaS market share goes to non-production cloud computing costs. While companies often save money moving to the cloud, there’s still a lot of waste in the system.
Lohrmann recommends following a seven- step process to securely and effectively move your data to the cloud:
- Know your data. Understand where your most critical data lies and how sensitive it is. Understand what operations your organization already executes in the cloud.
- Define your data lifecycle. Know when and where data is collected, who is responsible for it and what current policies exist to protect it.
- Decide on your options. The IaaS and SaaS market is burgeoning with options and service providers. Know what’s available and what’s most appropriate for your data and company.
- Define roles. Decide who has access to the data, who will serves as the custodians and what access levels they should have.
- Encrypt your cloud database. This is one of the most important steps in securing your data in the cloud. Decide who will have access to encryption keys and what specific data will be encrypted.
- Test your system. Once your program is in place, regularly test your control system.
- Back up your data. Like all data storage systems, make sure to back up your data. Determine which backup methods work best for your organization. Ultimately, the customer is responsible for backups, not the cloud service provider.