Updated: May 24, 2019

Data Storage On The Cloud

The cloud is becoming more than a trendy solution for data storage. In many cases it is a necessity. Utilizing a remote storage provider to house your data comes with some incredible advantages. Cloud storage gives the end user immediate access to their data from virtually anywhere in the world. This offers companies of any size a broad strategic advantage.

Companies are using the cloud more frequently and a large percentage of companies are using the cloud to store most of their data, and in many cases, all their data. The startup cost of cloud data, in comparison to physical onsite storage is far cheaper.

With the increase in popularity in recent years, many options have become available to allow customers to choose what type of cloud storage fits their need. A Private Cloud will feature a dedicated server that contains only the data from one customer. A Public Cloud utilizes a shared server. Several if not hundreds of customer's data will be stored on the same server. A Hybrid Cloud is becoming more popular. This option uses both a private
cloud and onsite storage.

What Are The Dangers Of Cloud Storage?

With all the advantages to the cloud, there are many disadvantages and dangers when entrusting data to another company. Data leakage, DDOS attacks, and snooping are far greater risks on the cloud as opposed to physical storage.

It is becoming a standard business practice for companies to use up to a dozen different cloud service providers to house their data. The belief is that having greater access to data provides convenience and redundancy. While storing data in a single location may not be wise for redundancies sake, the more data that is stored in different locations presents even greater risks. Cloud storage is a relatively new market. As the technology advances, the risks will also increase and become more of a reality.

Data on the cloud is very difficult to sanitize considering the amount of redundancy used by cloud storage providers. Large companies such as Amazon Web Services will store the same data in dozens of locations to ensure that their customers data is still accessible during power outages, natural disasters, and maintenance. With this amount of redundancy, it is impossible to track data and sanitize individual client's data.

WhiteCanyon's Recommendations

Companies desiring to utilize the cloud should be aware of these risks and make an informed business decision before storing their data on the cloud. Consider the following recommendations from WhiteCanyon Software in regards to cloud storage:

  1. WhiteCanyon recommends that companies only store data with notable storage providers with proven track records.
  2. Customers should store data with storage providers that allow their customers to independently test their security measures.
  3. Select storage providers that have policies in place to secure data before, during, and after migration.
  4. Research and Development and Protected Health Information (PHI) should be kept off the cloud when possible.

Data centers and cloud service providers are competing to support industries with highly regulated data, such as retail, healthcare, banking, and government agencies. In order to serve these customers, compliance with industry standards, regulations and certifications like HIPAA and Sarbanes-Oxley are critical.

Your company is responsible for your data. Every business has a measure of sensitive data in their possession. It is of the utmost importance that you are informed in the manner your data is stored. Data that leaves your facility and enters the cloud can never be completely recovered and sanitized. Therefore, take the necessary precautions in managing your cloud storage.

With these considerations, customers can be confident making decisions about how and where to store their data. If you have any questions, please contact the WhiteCanyon Sales Team at 801 224-8900.