For many businesses, the cloud can add a significant amount of complexity to their overall IT infrastructure. While confidence in the security of many providers has grown, not every company has begun outsourcing all of its operations. This has led in some cases to a hybrid environment that uses a mixture of cloud and in-house resources. One of the barriers to cloud adoption has been the fear that moving assets to online database software diminishes the value of in-house IT. However, according to a recent Network World article, businesses still need IT teams to optimize their cloud implementations.
“Managing the hybrid cloud involves much more than tools,” the article stated. “After all, vendors for each separate component of cloud infrastructure provide their own ‘stovepipe’ of managerial tools. But since there isn’t a true “single-pane-of-glass” tool, you will need a more strategic perspective and framework to succeed with hybrid cloud computing.”
A company’s technology team plays a critical role in evaluating cloud services and applying them to meet specific objectives. It also facilitates integration between outsourced software and homegrown applications. Finally, as the article pointed out, IT can help companies evaluate cloud providers to ensure outsourced assets are secure. For example, businesses can ensure a vendor is following best practices by checking for certifications such as SAS 70.
It is also wise to ensure that the provider continues to adapt its security posture. Writing for CloudTweaks, Gavin Hill, director of virtualization and cloud security research for Bitdefender, described the threat landscape as an arms race between vendors and cybercriminals. Companies should review the security stances of their provides to check how often the vendor renews its certifications and whether there are any internal monitoring solutions in place to protect its online database from unauthorized access.