DRIVE BUSINESS STRATEGY THROUGH CLOUD SERVICES.
Not all data is intended for the cloud, therefore sensitive data should always be heavily guarded and maintained on-site. With that in mind, the cloud can still fuel business advantage through greater agility and reliability, decreased IT costs and various operational burdens, as well as provide infinite scale. However, most companies have not achieved the expected benefits from their cloud initiatives. This is often due to uncontrolled costs, a lack of appropriate governance mechanisms, and an overall cloud strategy that may fall short.
What do businesses want from Cloud Services?
We live in a time where we have the ability to enjoy some of the greatest technological advancements in all of human history. The sheer level of innovation that these technologies provide has inspired the imaginations of millions of businesses and their customers throughout the world. Most businesses are somewhat familiar with the [extra href="#example" title="Multi-Tenancy Model of Cloud Services:" info="popover" info_place="bottom" info_trigger="hover" info_content="Is the sharing of resources and services among multiple consumers and client organizations (tenants). It means physical resources (computing, networking, storage) and application services are shared among the subscribing tenants. Multi-tenancy also means that security risks, threats, and vulnerabilities are also shared among tenants, leaving them with little or no ability to protect themselves or their data assets in the event of security breaches, data corruption resulting in data loss, etc." ] Multi-Tenancy Model of Cloud Services [/extra] such as those offered by Microsoft and Google. Both companies offer Email services along with document creation software, data storage, and data sharing among many other tools. Much of this is designed to answer the question “What do businesses want from Cloud Services?” such as:
- Ease of Use
- Accessibility and Mobility
As you can imagine, the appeal to business is strong. However, before pursuing Cloud Services we must first determine whether the Cloud is really the right fit for your specific business, as the Cloud is not the right solution for everyone.
"What's the right fit for your business?"
Before moving to the Cloud, and or using Hosted Service Solutions, we must first address the question of "What's the right fit for your business?" There are many Cloud and Hosted Service Solutions that are relatively safe and secure that provide a direct benefit to businesses such as:
- Communications – Email, Chat, VoIP, Video Conferencing, etc.
- Security Products – Disaster Recovery, Antivirus, Email Filtering, Web Filtering, etc.
- Various Line of Business Applications and Software Subscriptions
Assessing exactly what your business actually needs, and then weighing out the short and long term costs as well as the overall benefits in order to discern the actual value to the business, should be one of the first steps in making such a decision. But there's more to consider...
How much is too much for the Cloud?
Businesses have an inherent obligation to protect their own interests along with the privacy and interests of their clients and customers. With this in mind, there are many types of data that do not belong in the Cloud for security reasons. Proprietary data that includes, but is not limited to, business secrets, operational details, purchase orders, and vendor information should never be put in the Cloud. In addition, sensitive data such as employee and or client records that contain [extra href="#example" title="Personally Identifiable Information (PII) Includes:" info="popover" info_place="bottom" info_trigger="hover" info_content="Full Name, Date of Birth, Street Address, Phone Number, Email Address, Place of Birth, Social Security Number, Driver's License/State ID Info, Passport Information, Account Info, Medical Info, Employee/Vendor Records, Financial Records, etc." ] Personally Identifiable Information (PII) [/extra] should never be placed in a Cloud or Hosted Environment. All data should be routinely checked and verified that it does not contain any sensitive data. The best advice is to never put something in the Cloud or a Hosted resource that cannot or should not be shared with the general public. Always be mindful that the “Cloud” is someone else’s computer that neither you, nor your business control.
Businesses should always be careful of putting their data in the cloud as it could come at a very high cost and become extremely painful if something bad happens. This could be something as simple as a service interruption or Internet outage, or something much worse like a data breach.
MORE THAN AN IT DECISION, A BUSINESS STRATEGY
ITNS Consulting’s Cloud Transition process starts with a deep-dive into business imperatives. We then define a cloud strategy and an enablement plan as a stepping stone towards long-term IT optimization. ITNS Consulting works collaboratively with key stakeholders to create a cloud journey that enables each client to seize opportunity areas prioritized by their potential value to the organization, all while making sure to maximize security and minimize disruption to ongoing operations.
Get help with planning your cloud journey with our Cloud Pre-Flight Assessment.
Here's how we can help with your
ITNS Consulting is dedicated to providing the very best services to proactively support, maintain, and securely protect your business interests. Our suite of technology solutions are specifically designed to efficiently and effectively save time and money in addition to providing considerable value well beyond what many other providers offer. Here are just a few important reasons to consider our Cloud Services and other solutions over what you may currently have in place:
- Security Consulting by Certified Professionals
- Cloud Preparedness Assessments for Businesses
- Cloud Migrations to and from Office 365 and G-Suite
- Risk & Threat Assessments
- Internal & External Vulnerability Assessments
- Security Policies & Procedures
- Compliance Management (PCI-DSS, HIPAA, Other PII)
- Documented Change Management
- Security Awareness Training & Testing
- Security Products
- Hosted Anti-Virus
- Hosted Email Security
- Hosted Web Filtering
- Security Hardware (Firewalls, IDS/IPS, Etc.)
- Secure Domain & DNS Management
- Secure Vendor Management
- Incident Response & Notification Management
As a Microsoft Partner, we have the ability to leverage Microsoft’s cloud service offerings such as Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Dynamics, Office 365, Exchange Email, SharePoint, OneDrive, Skype for Business, and a whole lot more. Our experienced systems engineering team can work with Microsoft’s professional deployment teams to securely integrate these advanced technologies into your business. This is truly a win, as it unlocks the door for Customer Management, Collaboration, Application Deployment, and Advanced Security on a global scale.