Data is arguably one of the most important assets of a business; vast amounts of information, such as employee records, are irreplaceable. Moreover, the majority of mission-critical business processes are IT-based, leading companies and institutions to be increasingly dependent on the availability of their digitized information in order to maintain functionality. These exponentially increasing amounts of business data require an easy and secure storage solution: central storage of data in the private cloud.
Keeping all of the data in a single, central location with a single system or multiple-connected environments offers increased speed, convenience and efficiency. However, companies who care about the security and integrity of their data should only trust a private cloud solution, which is securely located within the own company network. Some of the most important advantages of a (private) cloud solution include:
Centralization lets you store data and share files rapidly, providing easy access to important data from virtually anywhere in the world. This eliminates the need for memory devices, such as USB flash drives, which pose security risks – if infected devices are plugged into computers, malware may be installed on the computer. Data centralization is also ideal for remote workers, as they can access the company data from their home offices, while visiting customers, or while on the road.
Simplification of the Information Security Policies
The convergence of the data center space simplifies the information security policy, both from the physical access perspective (proving to be much easier than physically securing all of the client computers), as well as from the logical security aspect.
Another noteworthy advantage of centralized data is cost-effectiveness. Although it is possible to store and backup data on multiple machines, it is more logical to use central storage. Decentralized data is inconvenient, demands time-consuming maintenance, and generates higher costs than centralized storage. The concept of cost-effectiveness also applies to power supplies and peripheral equipment. It is more efficient to supply a central server than to power several individual machines. The same applies for any peripheral equipment; it is far simpler to equip a cluster than every individual machine.
Cloud computing has completely changed the way business organizations use IT, both within and outside of the organization. The ‘cloud’ has allowed organizations to enjoy scalability, flexibility, and agility, along with better distribution of workload without significantly increasing IT budget.
The Bottom Line
Although centralizing data in one location may appear to be a security risk in itself, data scattered on several machines increases the number of portals through which intruders can compromise the company’s data. Therefore, aside from being easier to protect a central server, it is a more cost-effective way of doing business.
We hope you enjoyed reading our blog article. Please feel free to share your own experiences with cloud computing in the comments.
Author: Hazel Farrugia
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