What is the Cloud?
The idea of storing you data somewhere other than close to hand is a bit of hurdle for most of us to get over when considering this subject. And rightly so. Not all Clouds are equal!
Cloud storage is not too far from the Computer Bureau of the past. It is all about having someone, somebody, you can trust ensuring all of your information, photos, music, personal details, will be kept safe and secure, and confidential; and that it will be available to you at any time over your Internet access.
There are a number of large providers of Cloud storage who are expected to be reliable and professional in the provision of their services to you, those that come to mind immediately are names like…
Microsoft’s One Drive, and Azure
Many suppliers of hardware offer there own derivatives too.
In determining the right Cloud provision users need to think about what the data is they want to store away, and how it might be considered under the Data Protection Act (DPA). You need to now where the Cloud you are considering in reality. Gone are the relative easy choices that used Silicon Valley facilities. the change in the Safe Harbour situation has seen to that. With our position in Europe the major player facilities in Ireland the Netherlands are a secure option.
There are alternatives from major suppliers that will offer storage within our small island, with varying levels of security to match your needs.
No two user situations are the same and before making that important choice all the issues need to be understood.
Under the DPA a company cannot transfer others personal data outside the European Economic Area (EEA) unless there is an adequate level of protection in the non-EEA location. The consequences of not meeting these requirements can be severe in both criminal and civil terms. Users must satisfy themselves that the intended location for the data provide adequate protection, before transferring data to those places.
There are a myriad of guides and information sources out there that can leave you more confused than when you started. We are here to help guide you through this maze to determine the best approach for your business.
Contact us now, and look forward to a better future