Due to the relative youth of the technology, many organizations have adopted a variety of different cloud services that they may not fully understand the difference between, and it may be time for better regulatory controls and a more thorough understanding of what specific option means to businesses and consumers. A better understanding of what clients are getting from different cloud vendors when they pay for services is needed. Due to the sheer amount of different types of needs, the options should be for different types of specific offers given by businesses. The offers themselves should be controlled to the point that pesky working or technicalities can't stand between customers and the product .
The advantages of cloud computing are numerous, but cloud migrations are sometimes encumbered by the perceived complexity of adopting a virtual platform However, using a cloud host is very simple once an enterprise knows what features it requires in its cloud. From there, finding a vendor is not a challenge.. Hopefully, the new regulation will serve less as a limitation for companies that want to offer better, new and competitive products and more as a call to the rest of the business community that cloud hosting is workable and easy to use. CloudTweak's article on standardizing the cloud outlines some of the ways standardization could affect cloud vendors.
Sorting through the cloud
Dealing with cloud data is fairly easy once some guidelines have been set. ZDNet's article on how to use cloud vaults is timely and informative, and a lot of their advice is aimed at small and medium-sized businesses. Sample hints include being sure to set an "expiration date" on data. This is not a marker of when anything should be permanently deleted, but when it should to be sent to an archival disk so that more commonly-used memory is only made to host current, relevant data. This allows for an ease-of-use factor in find[ing?] the most commonly used files while also helping the company to speed up its connection to the cloud server. Even making physical backups for data that is old but cannot be deleted due to legal reasons may be a good fallback for organizations that find themselves holding on to a lot of data.
As far as nonessential, old data goes, Bryan Stibbard, vice president of CommVault, says to get rid of it.
"The cost of keeping data could often outweigh what the data is worth," he said.
Stibbard says that the best way to keep data organized is to use the phrase, "Right data, right tier of storage, right recovery."
Finding the right data for each type of storage makes it very easy to ensure that, in the case of any major need to recover information, the data will be accessible. The advantage of cloud computing is that this kind of logistical organization is made much easier, but organization still needs to be done. One of the best ways to make sure that this is taken care of with a critical eye is to task the IT department with making sure that files are properly allocated to the various drives. This will help to reduce inefficiencies in the network structure and allow the power of the cloud to shine more brightly for a given business. As with all technology, its true value will wind up being showcased when it is used by those who are experienced and capable with systems, so that it can be effectively implemented. By fusing the cloud with a strong filing system,s the potential for efficient allocation of information is near to limitless for not just individuals, but the entire company.