In May 2016, the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU-GDPR) took effect. Within two years, affected companies and in particular providers of storage solutions must ensure that their services conform to the new laws. For example, there is a requirement that the location of the server is no longer definitive for the application of the data protection directive, but rather the location of the user. This has wide-ranging consequences for the field of data forwarding, management, and potential necessity for future deletion. Violations can lead to fines in the millions. We explain the essential changes and potential consequences for your company so that you can take timely action.
Anyone who has important data and maintains it also needs to protect it. This means not just protection against natural catastrophes such as fire, flood, or power loss. Hacker attacks can also lead to total loss of your internal infrastructure and put entire companies out of commission. In its study “2016 Cost of Data Breach”, IBM determined that data losses lead on average to damages of 4 million dollars. Every data set that is lost thus costs an average of 158 dollars, which can quickly mean catastrophic consequences for small and large companies alike. A backup in the cloud helps to minimize the potential for data loss and cushions the blow of service losses. But which cloud solutions can really be considered secure? After all, the company’s sensitive data should not fall into the wrong hands right from the start.
Many companies have proven the benefits of cloud technology and seen cost savings as well as improvements in efficiency. Fundamentally, clouds are differentiated as public, private, and hybrid. While the first are generally available by registration and target a broad public customer base and its data, dedicated corporate and internal solutions, with greater requirements for data security and efficiency, are gaining speed in the form of private clouds. The general rule is that the more closely the solution is tailored to the needs of the company, the greater the potential for savings. And the more “private” the cloud remains, the more secure your data will be. Regardless of what type of cloud you use, we explain the current terminology in the field of cloud computing and explain which type of cloud is best suited for which purposes.
Cloud technology is on a steady rise: in a survey conducted by the Institute for Data Communication (IDC), 60% of the respondents consider cloud computing as the most important technology when it comes to digitisation in companies. This means that it is ahead of Big Data and mobility. But what exactly is the cloud? How does storage of files and access management work in the large online cloud? Which problems can result and how are they resolved? This article will address these questions and explain the most important terms in cloud computing.