Cloud storage becoming prevalent for all data types

By Sonian
In Channel
January 31, 2013

Kayla Krause / Sonian

Businesses know that, when it comes to securing corporate email archives and other kinds of sensitive documents, having a comprehensive security suite can be helpful. As more of these resources move toward the cloud, though, learning how to adapt to changing network safety needs and other requirements will be challenging, since firms are adding more assets to their infrastructure on a near-constant basis. Mobile, social and cloud resources are all putting additional strain on corporate security, but within businesses that make best use of these utilities, better performance and continuity is becoming the norm.

As more data storage moves into the cloud, companies will need to try and facilitate email archive conversion to ensure ongoing maintenance of these essential files. Avere Systems reported that four out of five businesses are currently running primarily in the cloud, with the majority of non-users planning to make the leap in the coming years. Public and private domains are mixed in popularity, so companies should be mindful that they will potentially be interacting with data from other entities in a convoluted landscape of private and public deployments, as well as varying levels of security and encryption in all these resources.

Anticipating the future
Forbes added that mobile deployments will also be cluttering the email archive frontier, as more companies try to integrate bring-your-own-device and other similar options while trying to cover all of their security bases. Combined with cloud resources, mobile devices will have access to all the applications and infrastructure that this virtual database offers traditional users as well. While this is a major benefit for scalable, flexible connectivity, it could also be a substantial safety risk, since not all businesses create mobile security resources before integrating these assets into daily operations. On top of that, companies will need to try and find ways of creating analytics and business intelligence insights based on the data they have stored in these resources so that they can remain competitive and ahead of the game, a task that requires high data quality and information governance.

In order to save time, money and continuity, Symantec recommended first focusing on how to migrate data to the cloud in a safe and organized manner. Email archiving should fall in place during this process, allowing for ongoing updates to existing information resources while protecting the files that companies already have. That way, no matter what kind of infrastructure businesses decide to add on next, they can rest assured that their basis for storage and operations is stable and secure.


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