Security of Your Information in the Cloud

December 21, 2010

I use many cloud services like Dropbox and Evernote but have been hesitant to put too much personal information on the cloud. I’ve always wondered how reliable the services are but more importantly, if I lose anyone else’s sensitive information on the cloud, would I be responsible for that or would Dropbox or Evernote in this case. Alex Williams recently wrote on the topic and I found it very relevant and interesting. While I agree with his comment that customers must determine any extra insurance that they may need to carry for information stored on a cloud, I’d be interested to hear his point of view on which insurance would respond first. If Dropbox were to lose a customer database, would they be responsible to notify those customers or would I?

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What’s happening on the Cloud

September 21, 2010

Last week I attended the 2010 hosting and cloud computing summit put on by Tier One Research and the 451 group. What a great event and thanks to all of you who helped put on the event. I wanted to share with my readers some of the key things I learned at the event. Over the next few posts I’ll dive deeper into some of these topics.

The cloud is growing and it’s right in front of you. It’s time for your business to embrace it and figure out how to live on the cloud.

The value of data centers continues to increase as M&A activity and new data center builds continues to rise.

It is important to require your vendors and providers to take data security as seriously as you do! If you build a cloud but don’t require your SaaS or IaaS providers to provide secure infrastructure and software, how can the end user trust your cloud?

What are your thoughts on some of these comments I just made? Let me know or read my upcoming posts as I dig deeper into some of these issues.