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Jun 21 2010   6:22AM GMT

Beware the cloud marketing machine

Kevin Beaver Kevin Beaver Profile: Kevin Beaver

I saw this chat regarding storage, the cloud, and data protection and it reminded me of how nauseated I get when I hear about all the great new ways that the cloud is going to save those of us in IT from the evils of the world.

Be it in the cloud, in your data center, or in cousin Willy’s basement, the same data protection principles apply to storage systems. The reality is:

  • No cloud vendor can offer risk-free storage services.
  • No SAS 70 audit report is going to tell the whole story.
  • No contract or SLA is going to keep your business out of hot water or the headlines when an issue of confidentiality, integrity, or availability of your data is compromised.
  • A marketing spin can be put on anything.

If a storage device is on the network and a human being is somehow involved in its setup, ongoing management, and maintenance, you can bet your bottom dollar that there’s going to be risk. Cloud or not, do yourself and your business a favor and understand what you’re getting into before you jump on the bandwagon.

For further reading on the risks and realities of cloud backup, check this out:

Data security concerns with online backup

Find unexpected vulnerabilities to ensure cloud compliance

Kevin Beaver is an independent information security consultant, keynote speaker, and expert witness with Principle Logic, LLC and a contributor to the IT Watch Blog.

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