Cloud computing: Risk Cascade?

By | September 26, 2011

The cloud provider’s market is still new and each service provider offers different options, especially for  safety and availability of services. What traditional web hosting company would take the risk to ensure a recovery time or service availability in case of massive attacks on the Internet?

Of course, the pioneers in cloud implement all the necessary steps to maintain redundancy, distribution of resources over several data centers, to avoid interruption of services. But their applications are still based on an Internet where each segment is doing its best, without a real commitment. Sometimes a company or client face the distant problems with role player of public cloud hosting providers, because their main strength dwells to maintain cost of services to complete the requirements of heavily developed industry, which is always looking for the affordability.

For their part, fixed support and mobile telecommunication recommend a dedicated link to the cloud, but the recommended option is not free. The formula is to build an encrypted network by using VPN to match the security standards on hosted server.

With regard to data privacy, all players in the cloud computing industry not only talk about the isolation mechanisms of cloud servers, but also point out the presence of support teams and dedicated security infrastructure. These are positive things, because they always provide a higher level of security than that obtained by the clients.

But what about the management of identities, entitlements and workplace security, especially for public cloud service users?  To prevent information leakage and entrance of malware, the company remains attentive to the terminal management. Hence the recent appearance of filtering services and identification standard in the web hosting companies increasing the security levels.

In addition, while choosing cloud hosting solution from any web host, customer should always read TOS and SLA very carefully. However, the service provider offers cloud to the client means, quick data process and easy recovery,  in case of failure of an application, but as a customer if you feel any kind of  dissatisfaction with customer service; make sure you know the clauses in money back guarantee. This precaution is worth considering.

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