Cloudy with a chance of data loss
Written by: CTO
Meeting with customers recently it became apparent that there is a broad agreement that the Cloud is very much either in place or is coming to even the most secure environments.
However what is interesting is trying to define what “Cloud” actually means. The term is now so vague that it has almost lost its meaning. So I thought it would be useful to try to classify them without resorting to the acronyms that usually get used! Rather than break them down by the way the technology is architected I thought it would be useful to break them up based on how they end up in the business and how we can help:
Many new products and services being consumed for the first time by a business are Cloud first. If you look in your organisation (as I have here) there will already be multiple Applications being used that have a Cloud element behind them.
For “formal” new projects it is a very sensible decision to future proof and adopt Cloud enabled services and as it is a project there will be a conscious decision to accept the risks of the data being stored in the Cloud. A classic example of this would be something like SalesForce which is almost ubiquitous in the sales management space.
You can also pick a solution that is Mobile Enabled from the beginning – a key criteria for future proofing the investment. Through integration with our device management platforms you can also be confident that the data is secure on the Mobile.
I classify these as the big meaty projects to replace “core” components of the on-premise infrastructure being supported today and migrating these to a Shared Cloud service. Again the risk of these projects is a considered one (in fact it may even be considered to the point of never being possible!). A classic example for this would be Office 365.
Again the mobile integration needs to be considered. For O365 one of the key beauties of mobile is that the end user experience can be made to look the same whether you’re used O365 or your on premise Exchange/SharePoint etc. This removes a key barrier to change – for your users it makes no difference! Having seen migrations in the past this can be a useful bridge for the changes on the desktop.
Here’s the scary stuff. It’s where the world of Shadow IT comes in. One of the biggest challenges facing any IT department is the ease of use of personal solutions (think of Evernote, Box etc) and the fact that these Apps will be installed on a large number of tablets/phones being used by your staff. It is almost inevitable that you will have company data going into these solutions.
As an Ops Director the key thing for me is this hidden cloud. You can have as many policies to stop this as you like, but unless you know what’s going on then you’ve lost the battle before you started.
Crucially we can help to discover what is going on with both your desktop and mobile estates in this space. Not only that, but we can tell you what the risk levels are from the various cloud vendors and constantly keep up to date as the market changes.
If you’re interested in taking control of the cloudy world then please come talk to the experts here at Mobliciti.