Cloud computing is quickly becoming ubiquitous in business cycles. And the reason is simple: it offers a reliable and cost-effective IT solution to support the growth and development of businesses.
Unfortunately, modern-day technology advancements and the rising security threats trigger concerns about the efficiency of security associated with cloud computing.
We know that data protection is essential for any business planning to migrate to the cloud. While remotely hosted servers make users vulnerable, the cloud is more secure than on-premise servers.
1. Cloud or Data Center Server Environment Has More Physical Security
Datacenter security involves a collection of practices and technologies that protect a facility's network systems and physical infrastructure from internal and external threats.
Cloud security entails managing and restricting access. In other words, only authorized personnel can access crucial IT systems and infrastructure. In addition, there are surveillance cameras and security personnel near entry points.
2. Highly Secure Internet Connections
Cybercriminals can hack data centers. And the hacking techniques go beyond just downloading customer data from the servers.
It also entails carrying out brute-force attacks, which involve a trial-and-error approach to guess encryption keys, passwords or find hidden web pages.
Further, hackers carry out DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks – sending tons of requests to the target resource to exceed its capacity for handling requests and impair the resources correct functionality.
Luckily, data centers use firewalls, IP address monitoring, and intrusion detection systems to guard against external threats.
3. Enterprise-Grade Firewalls and Monitoring Around Server Infrastructure
Data centers understand that downtimes can have far-reaching impacts on an organization's bottom line. That's why they carry out real-time data monitoring.
First, they monitor various network paths moving to and away from the data center to ensure that devices associated with connectivity work well. Often, this may include network routers and switches and other security devices like firewalls.
The commonly configured firewall types include:
- Packet filtering firewall
- Stateful inspection firewall
- Circuit-level firewall
- Application-level firewall
- Next-generation firewall
4. Ongoing Maintenance to Secure Hardware and Security
Internal IT teams are not fail-proof. As a result, the server or system administrator can encounter significant challenges in the server room, resulting in the interruption of operations and downtime for your business.
Examples of the challenges include:
- Power outage
- Human interaction leading to errors
- Natural disasters, such as floods, fires, etc.
- Equipment failure
To always ensure efficiency, data centers carry out constant maintenance on both the hardware and software elements, including:
- Generators and UPS backup systems provide a reliable power source to help maintain uptime even when the source of power fails.
- Cooling equipment helps maintain the temperature, servers produce a lot of heat that may cause a system failure.
- Computing equipment, such as servers, desktops, and switching and routing equipment, undergo regular maintenance to ensure they perform optimally and don't fail.
- Storage devices, such as hard drives, tape drives, and other backup storage resources, undergo regular scanning and inspection to enhance performance.
- Backup solutions for software and systems also play a significant role in managing IT. They help a lot in case of system failure or accidental human interference with the production systems. That's why most data centers have a backup policy to assist in data recovery whenever there's a significant data loss event.
Switching to cloud storage is an important business decision. Not only does it keep your data safe and save on costs associated with using on-site servers, but it also helps to boost uptime and prevent data loss in case of a natural disaster or a cyber-attack.
Moving to the cloud could boost your business continuity and customer data. We encourage you to schedule a consultation today to find the right solution for your business. Contact us today to get started.