Beyond Dropbox: Security is only part of the cloud's problem

Cloud computing = security breaches + data theft/loss + service disruptions...choose your vendors wisely!

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A bit discouraging for CUs seeking data management solutions. Yet this is the message we keep hearing over and over; it's no wonder that there are still a lot of businesses that aren't about to just dump their precious data into the cyber snake pit also known as the Cloud. The potential security breach that's now got cloud storage provider Dropbox in the hot seat again with its 50 million users is merely another addition to the never-ending list of wakeup calls about how precarious an environment the Cloud can be.

As this article points out, nailing down proper security is only half the battle. The other part of the equation for a safe cloud environment is availability. Cloud collaboration service provider ftopia's usage of Amazon S3 cloud infrastructure, for instance, mirrors data across multiple physical locations - critical for cloud storage, as it backs up the data and ensures that the service is always up and running.

On the security front, extra points go to ftopia for its self-validating data integrity feature powered by Guardtime which enables users to determine whether data has been compromised - something to think about in light of Dropbox's current situation.

Know what you're signing up for before you give up your data. Read networking technology analyst Dave Greenfield's take on reaching a higher level of confidence in cloud computing.

Keys to Cloud Success: Security, Flexibility, Reliability and Management Simplicity

During the Dell Storage Forum 2012 in Boston, Brocade Global Solutions Architect Roger Bouchard met with Stu Miniman of as part of theCube’s conference coverage.

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“In talking to customers about SAN security, it used to be that storage administrators would have their eyes glaze over when asking them about security,” Bouchard said.

Bouchard added that the advent of the cloud model has forced security, networking and storage teams to work closely together to address security, which is an impediment to businesses moving to the cloud, particularly when it comes to data confidentiality.

Read the full article and watch the video to get Bouchard's view on how Fibre can help address cloud security concerns.

5 tips for surviving a cloud outage

2011 was a brutal year for cloud outages, from Amazon's big one in April to dozens of others. The article includes the top 5 steps experts say enterprise IT shops should take to avoid cloud outages from knocking them out.

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The more mission critical the data and compute resources are, the more protections for resiliency and high availability the customer should put in place.

Despite improvements by cloud providers to minimize future outages, more outages will inevitably happen this year and beyond.

Are you prepared for what 2012 holds? Read the full article here to find out.