As more companies look to leverage solutions for their enterprise cloud, they need to make sure they account for their mobile workforce. While the cloud provides the ability to connect employees with smartphones and tablets to important information when they are out of the office, there are a few important assets that businesses must look for in their cloud service provider. The Washington Times contributor Drew Hendricks offered up three such features that every deployment should have.
The ability for employees to access the cloud whenever and wherever is very important. Information should be able to be used from any device and also be available even if it isn't connected to the Internet. That way, workers can make better informed decisions away from the office.
Syncing mobile devices is also key. Some clouds applications have the function of being able to have all information needed by on-the-go workers uploaded directly to their devices in real time, which makes sharing data extremely efficient.
However, security of the cloud is paramount. Most cloud services offer some level of protection when storing data in the cloud. More advanced ones will even encrypt files for a business, which protects data that is sent to mobile devices.
Cloud mirroring important for data backup
Another good way businesses can improve security on the cloud is through cloud mirroring. Resource Nation contributor Timothy Wightman explained how this technology can help a business in cases of security breach and disaster recovery.
Mirroring is when a company takes the copies of the data in the cloud that are stored on their physical servers and puts them in another cloud. This adds an additional layer of security by introducing a redundant storage unit with the same features that are on the primary cloud, virtually ensuring that important information will always be available. It is also a cost-effective way to back up data, as it frees up IT resources that would be needed if the data was still in the physical environment.
"Of course, many companies have the technological resources to mirror their data on their own internal servers, " wrote Wightman. "However, this requires server space and IT department work-hours that could be spent on other projects. Eliminating these expenses is a large part of the reason that so many companies choose cloud storage solutions for their data needs in the first place."