Cloud Storage Security

Cloud storage security is a major concern for organizations that are considering using cloud storage and backup solutions provided by third-parties. Some enterprises opt for private cloud computing architectures instead. However, although the cloud presents unique challenges when it comes to privacy and the security of data, the computing infrastructure of the cloud is not inherently less secure than the typical on-premises data center.

As part of their service to customers, enterprise-class cloud service providers work diligently to implement and continually strengthen cloud storage security measures ranging from military-grade, end-to-end encryption techniques to sophisticated authentication and authorization processes.

Cloud Storage Security Techniques Implemented by Cloud Service Providers

Particularly when third-parties are involved, cloud storage security is complicated—with potential vulnerabilities introduced every step of the way. At the same time, with the cooperation of users and a trusted hosting company, cloud computing security can be implemented in such a way that data may actually be safer in the cloud than on local machines.

For providers of enterprise-grade cloud storage and cloud backup services, cloud storage security is a top priority at the data center and on the network. Many providers guarantee:

  • Secure data centers. 24/7 surveillance, temperature controls, redundant power supply and fire suppression systems are some of the measures commonly employed to protect data at physical storage sites.
  • Secure access. Authorization and authentication processes including passwords, biometrics, and token- or knowledge-based identification systems limit access to the service and to data.
  • Secure data transfer and storage through encryption. In addition to the use of VPNs and cryptographic protocols such as TLS/SSL to protect data in flight, advanced encryption algorithms are often used to safeguard data while at rest in cloud data storage facilities.
  • Proactive monitoring and remediation. Cloud storage security professionals employ a variety of monitoring tools such as intrusion detection systems and file integrity monitoring systems to watch for any signs of threats to data security.

Personalizing Cloud Storage Security with Converged Infrastructure from VCE

For companies handling extremely sensitive data or dealing with stringent policies for regulatory compliance however, public cloud storage security may be inadequate for their particular needs. This is why a growing number of IT organizations are building private clouds or taking a hybrid approach: using either online storage or in-house storage infrastructure as appropriate for different types of data.

A simple, cost-effective way IT departments are now leveraging the unique capabilities of cloud design and cloud services for their businesses—and gaining the flexibility to implement personalized cloud storage security strategies—is through Vblock™ Systems converged infrastructure solutions from VCE. Pre-integrated, pre-configured and optimized for highly virtualized cloud environments, Vblock Systems bring together best-of-breed compute, storage, network and virtualization technologies from Cisco, EMC, and VMware. Vblock Systems are engineered and manufactured in conformance with security best practices. VCE's quality assurance teams also test and validate all software updates for security vulnerabilities, reducing the risks faced by organizations using Vblock Systems.

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