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Top 5 Cloud Data Protection Challenges. Solved.

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The cloud is changing everything. It’s transforming IT organizations with agility and efficiency like never before, enabling them to realize new IT-as-a-Service delivery models. Yet, with change also comes new challenges. See how you can solve them so that you can realize the full potential of your next cloud project.

5 SOLUTIONS TO YOUR TOP CLOUD DATA PROTECTION CHALLENGES

The cloud is changing everything. It’s transforming IT organizations with agility and efficiency like never before, enabling them to realize new ITas-a-Service delivery models. For large enterprises, many of which have already consolidated IT infrastructure to private clouds, there is new value in using public clouds for dev/test applications and archiving. Smaller enterprises are seeing the increasing advantages for using the cloud for data backup and disaster recovery. Yet, with change also comes new challenges. As the market migrates into what many consider to be “phase two” of cloud adoption, organizations are faced with rationalizing their move to the cloud, balancing its advantages and barriers as they chart the course of their cloud journey.
As you develop your road map to cloud adoption, consider how the following five challenges might impact your strategy. Then read on to see how you
can solve them so that you can realize the full potential of your next cloud project.

1 Challenge: You’re Concerned about Cloud Security.

Indeed, security of the cloud is a conflicting topic for most enterprises. In fact, IDG Enterprise reports that 74% of customers are very/somewhat confident in the “security of information assets in the cloud.” However, the same study reports that 59% of customers who pulled data and workloads back out of the cloud did so because of their concerns about security. With new headlines about security breaches and cyberattacks out every day, all organizations are on the edge. Add to that increasingly stringent compliance and regulatory requirements and security quickly becomes a top priority for any new infrastructure deployment – private and public clouds included. 

Solution: Security best practices can easily be applied to cloud environments. By looking holistically at your cloud data management strategies you can reduce the risk of privacy breaches and exposure events by using solutions that support encryption for data in flight or at rest across any storage media, including the cloud. Be sure to select a solution that will encrypt data without slowing backups or the tiering of copies with options that will embed encryption capabilities so that they can be applied selectively based on policies.

And, speaking of policies, when selecting a cloud-enabled solution for your workloads, ensure that granular policy control is comprehensively offered in addition to encryption. This can enable the secure cloud features needed to prohibit costly data breaches. In fact, only locked-down policies at a very granular level will prevent many data breaches, regardless of where the data lives, on premise, in a remote office or in the cloud.