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BLOG: Defending data with a secured cloud strategy

Loh Ching Soo | May 3, 2012
Key aspects that organisations need to look at in developing a secured cloud strategy.

Without a centralised key management solution, organisations will be faced with multiple encryption pods with respective policy enforcements and corresponding key management mechanisms. If keys are lost, data will be compromised. With so many disparate keys to manage, the likelihood of key lost will be higher. Being able to uniformly manage all the respective encryption platforms from a single location offers security and control for organisations with multiple data centres and cloud environments.

3. Disaster-recovery measures
In migrating to a cloud environment, organisations need to consider a reliable and robust data recovery framework to minimise the risk of data loss or service interruption. Service providers should be able to efficiently and flexibly move entire data partitions across multiple storage systems regardless of the server environment, while maintaining continuous access to applications. This is possible through replication, where datasets are mirrored and stored as backup copies.

De-duplication further enhances this process by reducing the number of duplicate copies and compressing backup files to minimise the use of storage space. Most importantly, organisations need to ensure that these solutions are carried out in tandem, without down-time or compromising on business performance.

As cloud adoption gains traction in Asia, the level of maturity and sophistication in cloud-related services will also grow. What businesses must be aware of is that the journey to the cloud can be long and arduous and should only be attempted with an expert partner who can effectively address the multiple facets of a cloud implementation.

Loh Ching Soo is Country Manager of NetApp Singapore


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