Information is power, everyone knows that. Companies big and small, enterprises established and fledgling, government bodies, not-for-profit organizations, educational institutions. It seems like every single entity produces information or is in the pursuit of it. This throws up an interesting question. Where does all the information get stored?
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Storing information in paper form is fast becoming antiquated due to several reasons. The storage facility needs to be vast but at the same time cannot take up too much space. Apart from this, it should be energy-efficient and have enough security so as not to compromise the integrity of the content.
This is where cloud computing comes in. The term refers to the system that combines both software and hardware and sends it through a network, most often the internet. This allows for all kinds of information, software and computations to be controlled even at remote locations. Companies can set up cloud computing facilities in their own premises or rent these services from cloud providers. The latter is a smart, money saving way to store data. It is virtually hassle free because providers take care of the information and ensure that there is someone at all times to look after the systems, in terms of maintenance and security, at all times. The company can access information via the internet, through a PC or handheld device.
Depending on the volume of information, there could be a requirement for more than one cloud infrastructure. The new question that arises now is how to efficiently manage multiple cloud infrastructures. Here are a few points to keep in mind:
- When you choose cloud services ensure that you read the fine print.
- Find out what each promises and promises to deliver and makes sure that there are enough benefits and features to suit all your requirements, across the board.
- Make sure there's enough room for expansion in the future, because as your business grows, so will your requirements change.
Choose multiple servers for different purposes. For instance, you could one for development, another for actual storage and one more for testing. This will help you keep track of individual areas and there will be less confusion.
Security is crucial in cloud computing and most service providers will give you adequate security. Make sure there's adequate power supply to run your cloud computing and enough power to not hold up processes in case of heavy traffic.
But the terms and conditions for security are likely to differ with each company and if you feel the need for better monitoring, then ensure that you put a system in place from your end as well. This will give you unprecedented control over your own information and peace of mind. Creating something on your own will let you put your company's needs front and center and tailor make your security system to be one of a kind. Fix problem areas at once, as and when they crop up.
There are many advantages to multiple cloud computing infrastructures. There is a decentralized line of control for all your information and you can ensure all your information is protected, without having to choose. Make sure you get the most out of the system.
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