4 Interesting Facts On Recent Changes To Cloud Security

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Cloud computing involves storing data and making programs accessible via the Internet instead of your computer’s hard drive.

Recent Changes In Cloud Security

There are many reasons why businesses should consider cloud computing. Among these reasons are increased profit, accessibility, collaboration and automatic software updates. Although cloud computing also excels in certain areas of security, including data loss due to damaged computers or hard drives, some have expressed concern over cloud security threats, such as cyber attacks. However, security in the cloud is becoming increasingly more reliable. In fact, trust in cloud security is now equal to that of on-premises applications.

Here are some interesting facts on recent changes to cloud security:

  1. 64.9% of IT Trusts the Cloud as Much or More Than On Premises Software. One potential reason for this is that cloud providers have heavily invested in security, even more so than the security implemented for on-premises applications. The belief that cloud security may not be as secure is one that is rapidly changing.
  2. Cybersecurity Jobs On the Rise. From 2010 to 2014, cybersecurity jobs grew more than three times the rate of all jobs in the IT sector. In fact, cybersecurity jobs are expected to be one of the hottest jobs of the future given the salary premiums and better job security compared to other career options in IT.
  3. The Top Barrier to Making Data Secure Is A Lack of Security Professionals. Interestingly, it is not actually the technology itself that is a barrier to security but rather the trouble in finding skilled employees to take advantage of the security technology. However, with the number of cybersecurity jobs on the rise and the number of employees expected to fill these roles, cloud security is only to improve in the future.
  4. Companies with a CISO are More Prepared for Cyber Attack. One study showed that companies with a chief information security officer, who oversees information security, are more confident in their ability to fight against a cyber attack. This likely has something to do with the fact that they are more likely to have an incident response plan, which provides strategies on how they would respond in the event of such a threat.

Data threats do not have to be something that stops your company from migrating to cloud computing as long as you choose a cloud provider that makes security a priority. At Stage2Data, we offer military grade AES 256 encryption and SSL encapsulated 1024 bit secure connections. Contact us today for more.

How Has Cloud Computing Impacted Data Analytics

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The “cloud” is increasingly becoming more of a buzzword – and for good reason. Cloud computing, which involves storing data and making programs accessible via the Internet instead of a computer’s hard drive, offers a myriad of benefits, including slashing hardware costs, increased security, disaster recovery, automatic software updates, and more.

Cloud Computing Impacted Data Analytics

Cloud computing has already impacted how businesses and organizations, both big and small, operate. This is especially true in the area of data analytics. Since data analytics require a lot of storage space, it is logical that many industries are moving over toward the cloud. In fact, one study showed that 15% of business decision makers said that they already make use of cloud computing, while 74% said they hope to make use of a cloud-approach to analytics in the next three years.

Needless to say, cloud computing is already beginning to make its mark in terms of data analytics – here’s how:

  • Clouding Computing is Making Data Much More Accessible. In fact, a significant number of companies are not able to utilize their data to its maximum potential because of a lack of accessibility, which ultimately hinders businesses’ ability to meet their clients needs. However, cloud computing allows for employees to access data remotely from any location.
  • Less Money Spent on Servers (Small Companies Are Getting into Big Data Game). Since hosting and maintaining servers are moving to the domain of cloud service providers, this means that less money is spent on servers and is instead being allocated to bolstering staff or products. This is allowing small companies to compete with bigger organizations and get into the big data game.
  • Allows for Simultaneous Interpretation of Social Media Activity. Cloud computing now allows for the simultaneous interpretation of social media data, providing quick quantification of data, which is troublesome without the use of the cloud.
  • Enables the Tracking of User Information. Cloud computing allows user information, including preferences and tastes, to be remotely stored on the cloud so that preferences don’t change from computer to computer. Businesses can utilize this information to their advantage.

    Netflix, for example, used this information to create one of the most successful Internet-television series ever, House of Cards, which was based on data analysis that was stored in the cloud.

  • Making Tracking Products a Simultaneous Process. Cloud computing is now making it easier for businesses to track products across warehouses around the country. In fact, cloud analytics allows for the simultaneous recording and processing of this data regardless of the server’s location. That means that companies can then adjust production and shipments as necessary.

If you are interested in cloud computing for your company, contact us today.

Advantages Of Using A Secure Cloud Server

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More companies are moving toward cloud infrastructure every day. Cloud servers, virtual servers that run on cloud technology, which do not therefore depend on any outside software, offers many advantages over traditional data storage methods.

Cloud Server

In general, they are cheaper, faster, less prone to problems and are more secure. A recent study even showed that companies (small companies in particular) who switch to cloud technology have a higher revenue. Another study showed that small businesses are losing profit as a result of ineffective IT management, which could be directly improved with the use of cloud technology such as cloud servers.

Below, we take a look at the eight top advantages of using a secure cloud server:

  1. Cost Effective

    Traditional servers require hardware upgrades every three to five years. However, cloud servers completely eliminated this expense, along with other costs associated with general maintenance. Similarly, the cost of setting up the actual server is also much more affordable and less time-consuming than standard methods.

  2. Enhanced Security

    Cloud servers are not prone to the same types of problems that traditional servers are. Problems like dead power supplies and failed hard drives, for example, are completely eliminated. This also includes the risk of severe theft.

  3. Guaranteed Stability

    Since cloud server’s resources are dedicated, this means other users cannot overload your server.

  4. Highly Automated

    Businesses do not have to establish a team to take care of system updates. Instead, employee time can be allocated elsewhere.

  5. Free, Easy and 24/7 Access to Data for Employees

    Cloud technology means that employees can have access to data 24/7 from any location and on any device – for free, and with the same security they would have if accessing this data in-office. This has potentially far-reaching effects as it means that businesses have the potential to become mobile.

  6. Increased Speed

    The additional resources offered by cloud servers means that the server is able to perform similar tasks at a highly elevated speed.

  7. Permits Modifications to Server Software

    Unlike traditional servers, modifications can be made to the cloud server software, such as the operating system kernel.

  8. Easy to Upgrade (Flexible Expansion)

    Cloud servers permit both easy and fast upgrades (for example, disk space) at a more affordable price than traditional servers. This makes expansion flexible, easily accommodating the growth of your company.

Consider moving your server to cloud infrastructure. Stage2Data is one of Canada’s most trusted cloud solution providers. Contact our team for more information about our excellent cloud hosting service.

The Importance Of Disaster Recovery And Business Continuity

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Both disaster recovery and business continuity are intertwined methods of planning that are deeply integral to ensuring that a business continues to operate in the event of a catastrophic event, whether the disaster is human-induced or natural. In short, they are plans which detail the strategies to be put in place in the event of a disaster.

Protection Against Data Loss

Disaster recovery refers to the set of policies put in place to protect a business’s technology infrastructure, such as their software or data, while business continuity refers the overall business functions. Both are absolutely imperative to ensuring that damage is minimized in the wake of an unforeseen event. In fact, a recent study showed that without a disaster recover plan in place, businesses are likely to go out of business in a period of just 18 months if a disaster strikes.

Although the reasons for needing this type of preventative security is essential, we’re taking a closer look at the three main elements contributing to the necessity of disaster recovery and business continuity.

  1. Prevent Downtime, Loss of Revenue, and Potentially Bankruptcy

    Most businesses cannot afford to have any downtime without it significantly hindering the company’s profits, yet a startling fact shows that 53% of operations are not equipped to handle even an hour of downtime before they experience a significant loss of revenue. In fact, bankruptcy is a very real possibility when businesses don’t resume operations in a timely manner. Having a disaster recover plan in place ensures that the business will run again as quickly as possible, thereby minimizing any downtime and loss of revenue.

  2. Protection Against Data Loss

    A disaster recovery plan will specifically address the ways in which to replicate the businesses’ data, which is essential to ensuring that the business can continue to operate. In fact, one study showed that 87% of businesses who lost access to their data for more than a week were more likely to be out of business only a year later.

  3. Prevent Loss of Reputation

    Unexpected downtime does not only lead to high financial costs, but it can also lead to the loss of reputation due to the fact that customers expect to have access to the business on a 24/7 basis. A disaster recovery plan can prevent reputation loss from happening entirely, or at least minimize the damage.

Securing your company’s data via cloud disaster recovery solutions is of utmost importance in protecting your business in the event of an unforeseen catastrophic event. Stage2Data is one of Canada’s most trusted cloud solution providers, offering secure data management at a cost effective price. Contact our team for more today.

Upcoming Cloud Technology Trends For 2016

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Cloud technology is becoming increasingly popular. All types of data and software can be stored and easily accessed on the Cloud. It is quickly becoming an integral part of many companies.

Cloud Technology

But what is it? The Cloud is a network of servers. These servers can provide a service or they can store data. Essentially, the Cloud allows you to store data online as opposed to on hard drives. The Cloud can help companies be cost effective. This is because Cloud computing allows you to use applications over the internet; you don’t have to install software, thus minimizing the amount of hardware required for applications or storage.

And now that you know what it is, here are some upcoming trends you should expect to see in 2016.

Cloud growth

The principle, and perhaps most obvious, trend we should expect to see in 2016 is the continued increase in Cloud usage. Because smartphones have now become the number one tool people use to access the internet, people are relying less on hardware for storage and software and more on the Cloud. According to RightScale, 93 percent of businesses now use the Cloud. We should expect that number to increase still further and see Cloud services for everything.

Hybrid Cloud Computing

Hybrid Cloud Computing uses a combination of physical application infrastructure and services and public or private Cloud services. Hybrid cloud computing looks set to be an imperative, in the form of a unified integrated cloud model, with both internal and external cloud platforms which can be leveraged based on specific business requirements.

Cloud-optimized application design

Traditionally, the approach to cloud computing is essentially just to transfer workloads to the cloud or an application infrastructure. This is a good approach for certain situations. But to fully extract the potential of your cloud model and deliver the best applications you possibly can, you need to design applications that are cloud-optimized from their conceptual beginning.

Security

With the growing utilisation of Cloud services, Cloud security will also be a major issue. If you’re concerned about the security of your Cloud data, we at Stage2Data are dedicated to providing the highest level of Cloud security, recovery, and backup possible. To learn more, click here.

If your company uses Cloud computing, we have the answers to your security questions. Contact us today to discuss your security options.