Considering the Cloud?

The more I read and speak with people, the more apparent it becomes that cloud solutions are gaining momentum. It’s exciting to see the new cloud offerings joining the cadre of interesting and available solutions.

The potential value is often articulated in economic terms, such as the cloud will save organizations money. Coming at this from a security point of view, there’s definitely the potential for budget savings or personnel efficiencies in this area. Organizations can free up resources in their IT departments by essentially outsourcing security updates to the cloud provider, as those will occur through the provider’s management of the online service. While security experts professionally oversee your security updates, IT staff utilization can shift to other priorities.  And smaller organizations, like a doctor’s office, often have the office manager tasked with managing IT, including the management of security updates, back-ups, etc.  By relying on a cloud provider to manage functions like updating, the office manager’s time can be re-vectored to patient scheduling and service tasks. This is where I see the cloud not only as a notable technological advancement, but as a business model with clear economic and resource management advantages.

So I’m jazzed about the cloud.  But I also know that the decision as to how the cloud might fit within your organization isn’t a trivial one. For those of you that want a neutral read, I recommend this recent report by the US-CERT, “The Basics of Cloud Computing.”

You’ll find that the points this report raises on the security of cloud computing are frequent topics of discussion on this blog and at Microsoft. If you want to know more about the cloud or you remain unsure if the cloud is right for your organization, keep checking back with us as we’ll continue to provide more information on these and other cloud trust-related topics.

About the Author
Adrienne Hall

General Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Adrienne Hall is a General Manager in the Microsoft Trustworthy Computing group, where she leads a team of information technology (IT) professionals who are focused on the security, privacy, reliability, and accessibility of devices and services built on Microsoft technology. Read more »