If you’ve been following along in our blog so far, you will have learned that there are a lot of advantages behind moving your content into the cloud:
1. Increased security
2. Business continuity
3. Mobile document management
4. Saving time and resources in your IT department
5. Saving time and increasing efficiency for everybody using your systems.
The process of migrating your servers to the cloud can have amazing advantages in and of itself.
Finding the Skeletons in the Closet
One of the first steps you take as part of migrating your servers to the cloud is initiating an assessment of what you have and what you need. Often our servers grow over time, with newer parts being added to older systems. This leads to a jumble of systems that can be a challenge to support and that can hide all sorts of problems and inefficiencies. There are no dark corners on your network when you use cloud servers, so all the issues will come to light.
When was the last time you took a detailed look at what skeletons might be hiding in the dark corners of your network? A recent event in in the media has prompted many to ask this question. The New York Times recently cleaned their technical house to resolve an issue they were having with hackers. They admitted that hackers had access to many of their systems for up to four months. Standardized cloud systems offer greater transparency and thus a security advantage worth looking into.
As Stephen Schmidt, chief security officer at Amazon’s web services told the BBC in this article, “The very act of shifting from an in-house data centre to an on-demand service can start a powerful discovery process.”
What will you discover when you look into your network?