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Importance of Security in the Cloud and Comparison

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Importance of Security in the Cloud and Comparison

A top priority for data protection is having the best possible security measures in place. For many companies, this could mean developing an integration strategy to securely move data from on-site servers to the cloud.

One of the most basic concerns a company has is simply: “Will my data be safe in the cloud?” For an answer, look to your existing infrastructure. An internal IT team that’s overstretched, but still trying to manage internal systems will likely be less effective at preventing data from being compromised than a team of cloud provider engineers whose sole focus is the monitoring and safekeeping of your company’s data.

The big 3 cloud platforms: AWS vs. Azure vs. Google Cloud

Once you’ve considered the security implications, it’s time to look at choosing a platform. By far, the three heaviest hitters when it comes to IaaS and PaaS cloud computing technology are Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform.

Amazon dominates the cloud services market today, followed by Microsoft and Google which still each have a relatively critical market share. Knowing which platform to choose is going to depend on the level of data integration your company needs. Here’s a look at the benefits of each:

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

AWS is the leader in providing services for companies looking to manage costs and simplify data architectures. AWS uses IaaS which means you only purchase the amount of resources, networking, and data storage needed from the provider.

Azure

Microsoft Azure holds 13% of the cloud infrastructure services market—and there’s a reason. The platform has a large variety of data management, tech, and cloud computing capabilities. And its offerings range from messaging and mobile applications, in addition to technologies like IoT and machine learning.

Google Cloud Platform

Small business owners should pay extra attention to Google Cloud as the platform was initially designed to serve this group, though it certainly works for enterprise-level organizations too. In addition to app solutions (mobile, social, i.e.), the platform offers cloud storage, large-scale computing solutions (like batch processing and data processing), as well as big data solutions.

The future of cloud computing

Though its history dates almost 60 years back, cloud computing adoption is moving at a swift pace, with 83% of enterprise workloads migrating to the cloud by 2020. Some 41% of those workloads will be run on public cloud platforms (such as AWS), with an additional 20% predicted to be private-cloud-based and another 22% running on hybrid cloud platforms.

The future of cloud computing — as well as the data integration that goes along with it — is bright. In order to set your company up for the best fit in terms of both cloud services and the knowledge to successfully integrate those services, it is key to understand the basic services (SaaS, IaaS, PaaS) as well as platforms and security risks.

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