Cloud computing is without a doubt a very significant game changer in the world of IT. Through this technology, different organization, businesses and individuals have the ability to store information, manipulate it and exchange it in many different ways, while it remains completely available. This means that this kind of data storage offers the user’s files in any place and at any time, as long as there is an active internet connection. Apart from gaining access to this connection, cloud computing does everything else.
But, at the same time, there are many services on offer, and not all present equal opportunities to their clients. Some might include elements that others have missed and which could have the potential to make all the difference between a good data storage option and a bad one that could cost money and produce many more additional problems. Data synchronization is definitely one of the most important ones, and the one that needs to be examined in greater detail. Here are things that should be kept in mind about syncing data on an online cloud service.
Pay Attention to Limits of Storage: Many data storage businesses offer free access to their services, and provide a very reasonable offers, so a paid service should only be considered if the storage limits are not appropriate. In cases like those which involve storing music or video files, which are heavy on the traffic and server space, will likely take up much more space than, for example, textual documents. In the case of storing larger files, it is necessary to produce regular cleaning and removal procedures so that the cloud data storage remains functional.
Encrypt Data in a Cloud System: Cloud computing, a part of its major advantages, does include the possibility of data being compromised. This already happened to many organizations which offer data storage, including big companies, so it is very wise to use encryption on all sensitive data being held on a cloud service. With this option, the possibility of a security breach is much less harmful, even if it does occur. There are several tools in terms of encryption software that are used today and which can serve this purpose really well.
Using Secure Devices to Gain Access a Cloud: Any cloud computing service, no matter how secure, has one potentially disastrous security problem. This problem is present in the form of the physical device which is used to gain access to any particular data storage. Especially in the cases of mobile devices, these can be a big possible problem if they fall into the wrong hands, even by accident. A good policy that contains this problem includes the installation of security features on a mobile device. Another similar solution is available in the form of apps that provide a secure environment every time the device is used to access a cloud service. Both can protect valuable information in these unforeseen circumstances.
Bringing Clouds Together: Not that long ago, many services and tools were developed to make access to data much easier. Services like TappIn offer a way of combining multiple cloud access on a single device, and provide it a very simple manner. This way, cloud services on different servers with different operators can be used simultaneously to increase data storage potential.
Deney Dentel is the CEO at Nordisk Systems, Inc., an open & unified storage and cloud computing service provider company in Portland, OR. Deney is the only localized and authorized IBM business partner in Pacific Northwest.