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Journey to the cloud: How to ensure success in cloud adoption

In today’s digital shift, decision-makers are now taking on steps to foster their cloud adoption journey. Organizations consider it an important endeavor that can help them thrive in the ever-changing digital environment as they seek new revenue streams and business models.

The growth of cloud computing is seen in the Philippines, especially that the market is poised to develop further. In fact, the latest Cloud Readiness Index (CRI) ranking, released by the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA), revealed that the country continues to catch up with the other markets in the Asia-Pacific region. It is currently at the 9th spot out of the 14 countries in the list.

However, while cloud continues to flourish, some organizations remain resistant to integrating it into their IT systems due to lingering concerns. Raul “Cricket” Santiago, president and CEO of Fujitsu Philippines, said that companies that continue to use traditional IT systems are mostly worried about the security issues in managing and storing their data assets.

“Securing company data remains a primary concern for organizations. The leakage of important information exposes the company to risks that erode customer confidence and compromise business competitiveness,” said Santiago. “Before taking on the journey towards the cloud, taking note of the basics of cloud computing is integral to ensure that you reap all of its benefits without compromising data security.”

To help businesses get a more secure journey towards the cloud, Fujitsu Philippines Inc., a global leader in information and communications technology solutions, listed some of the fundamental attributes of cloud computing and the key considerations to seamless journey to the cloud.

Clouds differ from one another

There are four types of clouds—public, private, hybrid and community clouds. Private clouds are for exclusive use by a single organization. Public clouds, on the other hand, are for open use and can be utilized by several organizations. The combination of these two types is called the Hybrid cloud, which is ideal for organizations that require both of its level of exclusivity. Lastly, there is also the community cloud, which can only be accessed by a specific group.

More than their obvious differences, these types of cloud also have various security characteristics. When it comes to risk management, access control, continuity services, among others, organizations can get the most of these benefits in private cloud. The community cloud is next to private cloud in terms of advanced security. A hybrid cloud, on the other hand, gives moderate security as it also utilizes resources from the public cloud. Among the four types, the public cloud has the greatest risk of compromising security as it can be accessed by anyone.

With their varying uses and security features, choosing the right type of cloud for your organization is integral to your business.

Cloud can be leveraged for safeguarding critical data

As cybercrimes proliferate more than ever, safeguarding critical business data becomes a paramount concern for businesses. The more sensitive the data, the more they require increased surveillance to guarantee assurance against cyber threats.

With cloud computing, on the other hand, it is possible for the service providers to bring in a different level of expertise and experience with their data security strategies. It also pays to get a partner that can help in adhering the existing data protection standards in the country.

Independence remains in the enterprise

Despite having a personal service provider, organizations using cloud services still remain responsible for the security and integrity of their own data. Thus, organizations still hold tremendous opportunity to understand and rethink the way their IT system operates. It allows the enterprise to leverage on innovating business operations to stay competitive and thrive in the cloud environment.

Redundancy of security measures in cloud

Organizations must not assume that all cloud service providers give long-term maintenance when it comes to data security. In fact, it should be noted that the security of cloud computing would still heavily rely on the enterprise’s existing system.

As such, if the provider fails or discontinues its service, organizations must be ready to face the consequences that come with trusting an entire data to a service provider. It is important to consider multiple layers of defense and storage, especially that cloud services are difficult to investigate because logs and data for multiple customers may either be co-located or spread across an indefinite and variable set of hosts.

For organizations in the Philippines, Fujitsu continues to integrate effective technologies to meet the business goals, while exceeding expectations, as an innovative and trusted partner.

The company has also organized a Cloud Security Committee to ensure that all of its cloud services are always secure. This initiative innovates risk management strategies and processes for its clients in the country.

To date, Fujitsu offers Fujitsu Cloud IaaS Private Hosted solution, Fujitsu Private Cloud Infrastructure, and package applications as subscription-based services, which includes Cloud back-up as a Service.

 

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