Solution Provider Offers Five Steps to Help CIOs Assess their Company’s Vulnerability
NEW YORK, August 25, 2015 – Despite all the advantages the cloud offers, it’s important to realize that the cloud itself is not magic. Cloud computing is simply a method for consuming IT as a service rather than building that infrastructure in house. It can offer significant cost savings in the right instances, but not all cloud services are created equal. According to Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider (www.us.logicalis.com), there is a growing misperception that data that resides in the cloud is automatically protected just because it’s in the cloud. This, the company warns, is absolutely not the case.
“There’s a common misconception that placing your data in the cloud solves all problems, and that’s just not true,” says Eric Brooks, Cloud Services Practice Manager, Logicalis US. “Not all cloud providers are built to accommodate enterprise-level IT needs; many don’t provide the kind of advanced networking, backup or disaster recovery services you would expect to find in an enterprise IT organization. Don’t assume the cloud is somehow magic. When you consume cloud services, it’s critical to know what you are getting. You have to understand what inside of your business is driving the move to the cloud, and whether the services your cloud provider offers align with those business drivers.”
Cloud providers buy the same servers as their customers – just more of them. This means, the same issues a CIO might face in a corporate data center regarding backup, disaster recovery and data retention can be amplified within a cloud provider’s environment.
According to Logicalis, the key to securing data in the cloud is to determine what kind of disaster recovery protection a business requires, to communicate that need clearly among key stakeholders in the business and to the company’s cloud provider, and to thoroughly assess the services the cloud provider is able to offer. There are five important steps Logicalis’ experts have identified that can help IT pros do this along the way.
What does an enterprise-grade cloud look like? According to Brooks, Logicalis is a perfect example: The company offers its cloud customers an enterprise-grade managed backup component as part of its standard service; for an additional fee, clients can tap the company’s Disaster Protection offering which replicates data between geographically separate data centers and offers automatic failover capabilities, making reserve capacity available to assure clients they can power those systems on in the event of a disaster.
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Logicalis is an international IT solutions and managed services provider with a breadth of knowledge and expertise in communications and collaboration; data center and cloud services; and managed services.
Logicalis employs over 4,000 people worldwide, including highly trained service specialists who design, deploy and manage complex IT infrastructures to meet the needs of over 6,500 corporate and public sector customers. To achieve this, Logicalis maintains strong partnerships with technology leaders such as Cisco, HP, IBM, EMC, NetApp, Microsoft, VMware and ServiceNow on an international basis. It has specialized solutions for enterprise and medium-sized companies in vertical markets covering financial services, TMT (telecommunications, media and technology), education, healthcare, retail, government, manufacturing and professional services, helping customers benefit from cutting-edge technologies in a cost-effective way.
The Logicalis Group has annualized revenues of over $1.5 billion from operations in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific and is one of the leading IT and communications solution integrators specializing in the areas of advanced technologies and services.
The Logicalis Group is a division of Datatec Limited, listed on the Johannesburg and London AIM Stock Exchanges, with revenues of over $6 billion.
For more information, visit www.us.logicalis.com.
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