Five Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Cloud Platform Solution

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Are there regulatory oversights that impose data security requirements for your industry?

Various industries have stricter compliance issues to deal with than others, so their security requirements may differ from other organizations. Health care organizations, for example, might choose to only use private cloud service for any applications handling protected health information (PHI) because of the stringent data privacy regulations set forth in HIPAA, and because violating those regulations can lead to multi-million-dollar penalties. The added convenience of public cloud likely isn’t worth the added risk.

The general consumerization of IT and the rising popularity of bring your own device (BYOD) among professionals has accelerated the growth in cloud-based solutions for sharing, syncing and storing digital content in the professional world. With this advancing technology come great benefits and great risks in all areas of cloud computing, especially enterprise-class collaboration and file sharing. Organizations of all sizes are looking for ways to share, sync and collaborate data among employees, clients and vendors in a secure and efficient manner.

The opportunity to offer enterprise business applications from a private, public or hybrid cloud configuration gives enterprises tremendous flexibility for maximizing the cost-effectiveness of IT deployments. However, the explosion of cloud-based services has created new security vulnerabilities for enterprise organizations, as employees increasingly share confidential information with contacts around the world.

No matter which deployment an organization chooses for their cloud computing needs, it needs to provide users with anytime, anywhere access to ensure it is enhancing productivity while having enough security controls to keep business data secure. Here are five questions that should be considered when making the choice between private cloud, public cloud and hybrid solutions, as identified by Accellion, a provider of enterprise-class, secure mobile productivity solutions.


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