Cloud Data Management As An Alternative To Traditional Data Management
Cloud data management replaces the traditional data management approach and one of the reasons is its suitability as a data storage medium and its potential to facilitate disaster recovery, backup and long-term data archiving.
Those who opt for the cloud do so aware that their decision ensures:
- A data management system capable of adopting the functions required of a traditional system, but with the advantages of the cloud and perfectly adapted to this environment.
- A scalable solution, that allows the business to grow and is aligned with its needs at all times.
- The possibility of expanding resources when deemed necessary.
- The infrastructural versatility, which results from the possibility of sharing data in private and public clouds, while continuing to keep information in local storage.
Precisely when a hybrid environment occurs, one of the most common scenarios, it is an advantage that working in the cloud does not impose restrictions applicable to on-premises data. In fact, data stored on-premises and data stored in the cloud may be subject to entirely different practices.
Each with its own security rules, each with its own requirements and integrity standards. And this is a very positive thing, in practice, since traditional data management methods cannot always be applied to the cloud, so it is essential to have a model specifically designed to meet the needs of each environment.
Among the benefits of opting for a cloud data management model are:
- The consolidation of processes such as backup, disaster recovery, archive and analysis.
- Cost savings.
- The possibility of benefiting from greater security support, offered by cloud service providers, which are already prepared to deal with ransomware, keeping the data and native applications of the platform in a secure and immutable format.
What are cloud platforms?
A cloud platform is a set of cloud computing services designed to address the needs of the business in terms of application development, storage and computing. Everything runs on the provider’s hardware, which can be accessed by software developers, cloud administrators, and other IT professionals in the company, either over the Internet or through a secure network connection.
Benefits and risks of cloud platforms
Despite all these advantages, this new technology is associated with certain risks that must be taken into account. While it’s true that cloud platforms can help the business get more of what it wants from IT, including faster deployment of new capabilities, better support for business innovation, and smarter IT spending; it is also true that they are associated with uncertainty.
Its benefits are clear, especially in certain cases in which using a cloud platform is the best option given the commercial benefits that it entails and that have to do with:
- Faster implementation of new business capabilities.
- Lower risk business innovation.
- Global scale and global reach.
- Smarter IT spending.
But its drawbacks cannot be ignored, which are presented in the form of commercial risk, added to the technological one, and due to its severity must be taken into consideration from the business area, since it should not be considered as an issue that only concerns IT.
The main risks that a cloud platform brings with it have to do with:
- Outsourcing of services.
- Data store outside the organization
- Dependency on a provider
There is not a suitable cloud platform for each application, but given the relevance of the benefits that the cloud brings, the balance tends to tip towards taking off with a cloud destination.
Technology in this environment advances unstoppably, allowing organizations to update and get the most out of their IT investments. Today, using a cloud platform can make the difference between success and failure.
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