The number one question on everyone's minds when they deal with moving their business to the cloud is whether or not their data will be secure. Because of the fast pace of technology, it is becoming a strong financial investment for companies to give the majority of their IT to creating something that allows their data to be accessed from various locations instead of working with fiddling with the specifics of a hundred different on-premises systems. There are a number of factors to consider as an organization moves to the cloud, the first one of which, according to Inside Counsel, is where the data will be physically kept.

Understanding the site that a data center will be built on, or the location of the private cloud service that will be used to house the data, is important for understanding how secure the information will be. Some inexpensively run organizations keep data in foreign countries as a way of controlling power and labor costs, but centers that are located in places like that tend to have low security standards and are very vulnerable to infiltration by other agents. In order to keep the purity of the information stored on servers, a cloud server should be hosted fairly closely to the company that it serves.

Privacy is always a concern when dealing with the cloud, which is why it is so interesting that Australia's federal government is getting close to using the cloud to run its own servers, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. This could establish a rippling effect of security standards for private cloud services. Whatever protocols it is that the Australian government adopts may make their way into the rest of the world's standards as the way that hosted data ought to be run. It is a testament to the utility of cloud computing applications that government are now ready to switch over, and the adoption by a major entity like Australia may go a long way toward helping to convert some of the perennial naysayers.

In many ways, public-agency IT groups and private businesses can learn from each other in terms of how to adopt private cloud technology. Larger businesses are good at making economies of scale work for them by setting up data centers in places that can process information very cheaply by using solar panels or other green forms of energy to minimize costs. The consideration of how much it will take to power and run a private cloud enterprise is something that needs to be considered from every angle. After all, most groups migrate to the cloud to save money, not to spend it. Similarly, business can learn from public groups the necessity of security.

Encryption, security and the cloud
Although companies that work in sectors with a lot of sensitive data already know the worries and troubles associated with making sure that data is private, those that don't' have the same awareness will need to become very well acquainted with the necessity of encryption on private clouds in order to guarantee security and privacy. Due to the accessibility of files on private cloud servers, it is important that network administrators be able to tightly define access to files and various elements of architecture to keep the risk of rogue elements from the inside or the outside of the network stealing data at a minimum.

Because cloud computing applications are so strong, it is no doubt that the rest of industry will be using the opportunities it gives in order to reduce costs and inefficiencies. Finding a way to the head of the pack in this regard gives organizations the opportunity to make strong strides in terms of leadership within their fields.