DCN September 2017 - Page 38

cloud management Weather Warning When it comes to cloud management, Ann Maya, marketing director at Quest Software, explains how it should be done and that when you get it right, there shouldn’t be a (proverbial) cloud in sight. D riven by the challenges of the always-on economy, enterprises must adopt the right tools to enable their increasingly mobile and flexible workforces. More often than not, this means supplying them with easy-to- use applications that can access corporate resources and data – sometimes, valuable or sensitive data – and in volumes that were previously unthinkable. The need to stay competitive in the digital era has led to a mass migration of enterprises to cloud- hosted productivity platforms, where there are considerable cost savings and practical advantages 38 | September 2017 in handling fast, dynamic and data intensive workloads. However, transitioning to these cloud platforms brings with it its own set of challenges and managers often overlook the potential pitfalls. So, what can organisations do to successfully transition and manage data in a cloud environment, and avoid any firefighting issues in the future? First steps In a cloud world, your users are your network. What they can see and do dictates how they work, and therefore organisations must ensure the data they handle and generate is safe. Any business contemplating a transition to the cloud will need to consider what data will be managed, who owns it and who has permission to access it. Determining which applications are the most data intensive and where hot data will be placed so it can be readily accessed, analysed and stored, will be critical. In light of the upcoming GDPR legislation, organisations must put into place data governance and security policies as well as a contingency plan in the event of any system downtime. If issues are not adequately addressed, valuable time may be