While the majority of external IT media coverage focuses on debates over the implications of BYOD(Bring Your Own Device), internal IT Professionals are concerned with the access(or lack thereof) associated with the now very popular cloud storage medium. As a result of the overwhelming success associated with providers such as Dropbox, Cubby and Google Drive, users of all skill levels now have multiple points of access between the cloud and all of their devices. While the lure of convenience and ease is hard to deny, there are still security questions about the safety of data and the ability to export company data outside of the enterprise IT environment.
Simon Bain, CTO of Symplexo puts it this way–
“There needs to be a collective understanding that IT departments are never going to be able to compete with the simplicity and ease of use that comes from having an instantly downloadable application. This needs to be accepted by enterprise organisations at the earliest possible opportunity as it is only in doing so that they will be able to change their own worldview and work with the new consumer-led culture of IT deployment that is growing at an ever increasing pace.”
Although the ease of access displays an attractive platform for enterprise level activities in a bustling environment, as they say “If it feels too good to be true, it probably is”. The pedigree of the cloud storage providers is not being challenged, but you have to look at the wood for the trees: There is no direct association between cloud storage providers and IT departments, causing an environment without adequate control over the access and location of invaluable company assets. We have no doubt that they concerns brought on by the introduction of cloud storage will be scrutinized even more in the future, in order to hopefully offer more robust options that walk the line between functionality and immediate access to information. As we’ve mentioned previously, there needs to be a middle-ground sought after by successful enterprise IT departments with a solution such as limited on-site backup combined with cloud storage. Because, at the end of the day, data is not permanent. If you aren’t constantly moving it, backing it up and testing integrity, don’t expect your data to simply collect dust without forming corruptions. Not to mention the issues that data centers have to be mindful of every day in order to keep data available, even through natural disasters.
For more information, refer to our previous article on cloud storage here.