Report: Shift to cloud doesn't have to be a CIO's nightmare

Report: Shift to cloud doesn't have to be a CIO's nightmare

Summary: What are your company's policies around the cloud? Do you even have any?

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What are your company's policies around the cloud? Do you even have any?

New data by IDG Research Services about the shift to cloud computing in the enterprise revealed that only 34 percent of the organizations surveyed have a governance policy for cloud-based information. Many of those say they're not confident about managing their information in the public cloud and more than half believe their companies need to spend more time coming up with a strategy around information management and governance.

So does that mean that they're shying away from the cloud? Not really. The report from the Leadership Council for Information Advantage - released today by EMC - found that enterprises, by an overwhelming majority, are eyeing the private cloud and are leaning toward hybrid models between public and private to ensure they maintain control over critical data. From the report:

As CIOs evaluate their companies' cloud strategies, they will need to come to grips with how data governance policies and indeed, the very mindset of IT itself need to evolve to support diverse models for cloud computing. The information management infrastructure of the future will extend from the enterprise and private cloud deployments inadequate or lagging policies for managing the data stores in these different environments will dramatically increase the risks that IT organizations will lose control of the information they are expected to protect.

So what is a CIO to do? The report suggests that CIOs need to address three key information governance challenges to make cloud computing more attractive:

  • Develop governance policies that address the mix of on-premise and off-premise data moving across the network. Employees are already using the cloud whether they have IT approval or not. (Think Facebook, Google Docs and Dropbox.) Define information management guidelines now to deal with this mix of on-premise and off-premise data. Waiting to do this will only increase the risks.
  • Do a thorough audit of enterprise apps to figure out which ones go into the private cloud, which go into the public cloud and which ones can be retired. (Yes, this can be a good time to reevaluate those legacy apps.) Ask yourself: Which information is mission critical, highly confidential or is affected by regulation?
  • Rethink management of the data. As you shift to the cloud, your job becomes watchdog of the service provider, managing it as a vendor. Does the cloud service providers governance and enforcement policies match your organization's policies about information security, data protection and legal issues. Keep tabs on your service-level agreements and update them as the technology - as well as your own needs - evolve.

Sanjay Mirchandani, EMC's CIO, sums it up nicely in a quote found in the report:

Cloud computing offers tremendous scale, mobility and agility. However, if information, governance and compliance policies do not evolve in the cloud, it can create complexity in your IT environment. IT professionals need to spend time defining these policies, so there are rules for capabilities, such as information mobility, to satisfy business demands and governance obligations.

Topics: Cloud, CXO

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  • If they're using Google, it does

    Nothing like trusting your corporate data to some unknown person in an internship at some data center someplace...
    John Zern
  • I'm not budging on my position regarding the public cloud

    Even if a public cloud vendor promised to store and manage all my private data for free, I would not bite. I want to keep my data under my nose, and I want to be able to do so and manage it easily at a lower cost - as promised by private cloud vendors. I believe if the cost of public transportation was to go down to a nickel a ride in many cases, most people would still elect to keep their expensive cars. Server computing is not just about cost and convenience: a lot of it has to do with autonomy and self-determination. Also it makes no sense to me to trust a vendor to offer a complex set of vital services, hundreds or thousands of miles away, and I'm not able to peer over its shoulder from time to time, to see what it is doing. And cloud vendors say that we should simply trust them? That's not going to happen. (I've been to reputable hospitals in which I've had to question the decisions doctors and staff were making. It is only in Fantasy Land where others look after your complex self-interests consistently, without your scrutiny.) Then there is the whole matter of companies moving all their eggs from many, many baskets, into relatively few, which screams of security concerns.

    Public transportation makes sense to people who don't have transportation to begin with, not to those who have private transportation in the form of cars that are affordable and easy to manage. That is why I'm not convinced at all, that public clouds will usurp private IT, and dominate in the future. The cloud debate has a lot more to do than just about cost and convenience.
    P. Douglas
    • RE: Report: Shift to cloud doesn't have to be a CIO's nightmare

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  • RE: Report: Shift to cloud doesn't have to be a CIO's nightmare

    One monster question you HAVE to ask:

    "Where is my data being held, i.e. in which legal jurisdiction?"

    If they won't tell you, walk away fast.

    Not knowing this means that a competitor could potentially go to a foreign court, using foreign law, and get access to your data with little or no warning.

    It may also means that a foreign government might get access to your data under some kind of secret arrangements. Anti-terrorism laws anyone? And you won't even know about it.
    A.Sinic
  • RE: Report: Shift to cloud doesn't have to be a CIO's nightmare

    As usual with these questions, it's all in who is being asked the question. EMC's survey most likely talked to CIOs who are beginning their evaluation of cloud applications. This group is likely to be skeptical of the security provisions of cloud applications and lean toward virtualizing their existing infrastructure.

    But talk to those who have adopted cloud applications and a very different picture emerges. In a recent survey of 150+ mid to large-sized enterprises who are currently using cloud applications, we found that this group plans to rapidly ramp their use of cloud applications. In fact, within 3 years, ~70% of these cloud adopters will have the majority of their applications and platforms in the public cloud. This group also has found that their cloud applications are more secure, reliable, available and customizable than their on-premise counterparts and believe that security issues are the biggest misconception about the cloud. (more details here http://thecloud.appirio.com/StateofthePublicCloudWhitepaper1.html)

    To form a complete picture about cloud applications, it's important to look at different perspectives including the perspective of adopters or those who've actually tried cloud applications.
    BNara
  • RE: Report: Shift to cloud doesn't have to be a CIO's nightmare

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    implemented and deployed in the pink diamond mine's of the Mainframes'.

    www.z390.org and www.zCOBOL

    zCICS; zVSAM; zSORT etc... etc... etc...

    read all about it !!!!!!!!!! Then Try IT !!!!!!!!

    Supporting Newest z196 instruction set execution through emulation x86 & x64 in JAVA

    Interfaced with IBM DB2 Express-C batch SQL capabilities; [ I actually help in doing some of this, really ]

    Deployed onto the CloudShare Pro CLOUD [ I actually DID this in Jan of 2011, really ]

    Running on Win & Linux or J2SE supported platform's

    100% JAVA Open Source... 100% F R E E ...

    caution... please, read the ton's and ton's of documentation provided, it saves you a lot of time...
    caution... please, ton's and ton's of examples, it saves you a lot of time...
    caution... please, join the group, and read all of the group posting's from the beginning, it saves you a lot of time...
    caution... please, ask questions, you will be amazed at the cut right to the chase on the subject requiring attention,
    it saves you a lot of time...
    caution... please, you might find yourself rummaging around the attic or garage for that dang old source code you developed back when,
    that may not save you time...
    caution... please, you might just actually save your company and you, very serious monies...
    caution... please, SHARE, share, ShArE, sHaRe...
    caution... please, introduce yourself, you just might find that Old Code Slinger Buddy from back a while ago, you forgot about...
    caution... please, don't take my word for it, that it WORK's, try it, you find a REAL BUG [$ 1.00 reward ],
    Mr. Don Higgin's will rule if it a BUG or NOT...
    caution... please, believe found myself doing that nasty bit fiddling thing again,
    and I can do that in xxxx instructions, like name that tune...
    caution... please, believe found bunche's of JAVA, IBM HLASM Assembler, COBOL, WIN, LINUX & etc........
    WIZARD's still exist, that were locked away in the back room like me.
    caution... please, O P E N S O U R C E is the only way to GO...
    caution... please, you can donate or not donate, that is entirely up to YOU...
    caution... please, it is advisable, to look out the window and see if the sun has risen...
    caution... please, Lot's of thing's to get involved with, no offer of assistance has ever been refused so far...
    caution... please, ... ... ... .... .... flower box's are still kool

    caution... please, Adviable to Display Entering Pink Diamond Mine Unlimited Work Zone Area...

    Pandoria13@hotmail.com

    2011 is gonna,,,,, Rock
    Page-Cray
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