Your Cloud Is Only as Secure as Your Provider

Organizations that are moving to the cloud are leveraging scalability, better connectivity, and modern delivery models for advanced workloads. As more data, applications and workloads traverse the cloud infrastructure, cloud providers are creating new efficiencies, better data centers, and a more productive workforce. Unfortunately, we are also creating security targets.

Just like with any technology – the more popular it gets, the more security concerns grow. This holds absolutely true for your cloud environment and the data center provider you select to work with. One of IT’s biggest balancing acts is to make data transactions easily available to authorized users while preventing all others from accessing its data assets.

With high-profile data security breaches splashed across headlines nearly every day, CIOs are understandably worried about protecting their data. And for IT leaders who are considering moving their business to the cloud, it is critical to ensure the provider they select has undertaken full and robust measures for physical and logical security.

In this whitepaper from QTS, you quickly learn what you need to know before you select a data center provider or before you migrate to a colocation. As the paper outlines, research has shown that one of the biggest apprehension points about operating in the cloud is security. The public cloud in particular is a source of uncertainty for CIOs, but private and hybrid cloud services carry security concerns, too. While moving to the cloud carries a wide variety of benefits, such as enabling business agility, security remains a persistent threat.

Download this white paper today to learn the right questions to ask. Remember, the modern cloud infrastructure is constantly evolving – this means your provider must be able to evolve as well. When selecting the right provider, there are some key questions to consider. These include:

  • How much experience do you have in data center services? And in what industries?
  • Do you have experience in our industry with customers that have similar compliance needs?
  • Where will my cloud data reside? Do you own your data centers, or do you lease from a third party?
  • Do you have industry-leading physical and logical security? Describe technologies used and best practices for both types of security.
  • Do you use industry standard methodologies like ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library)?
  • What is your security and data reliability track record?
  • How fast could you recover in the event of a successful attack or disaster?
  • How transparent are you with customers?
  • Do you have a third party auditor to provide attestation of compliance?

The modern cloud platform will only continue to grow. More organizations are working with the cloud to deliver part – or in some cases – their entire business model. When working with a solid cloud partner – make sure to select a team that understands security, the cloud model, and how to deliver next-generation cloud services.

This whitepaper from QTS will help you sort the wheat from the chaff in the cloud services industry.

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About the Author

Bill Kleyman is a veteran, enthusiastic technologist with experience in data center design, management and deployment. His architecture work includes virtualization and cloud deployments as well as business network design and implementation. Currently, Bill works as the Vice President of Strategy and Innovation at MTM Technologies, a Stamford, CT based consulting firm.

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  1. Andrewboon

    Interesting thought on cloud computing, organizations move to cloud as it is efficient and cost-effective. Security is the main concern in cloud computing, while choosing a cloud vendor it’s important to ensure that security guidelines are in line with the organization regulations and standards. I work for McGladrey and there’s a whitepaper on the website that aligns well with this article that was created on this subject, readers will be interested in it. @ “Managing cloud risks with service organization controls”