Cloud Computing: Where is your data?
With all the hype around Cloud Computing we feel it is important that we combat the concerns and criticisms raised around the subject. As with every product, there are good versions and bad versions of cloud computing, this is why it has received some negative feedback with regard to the security of data. However, as IT professionals we are able to provide expert knowledge in the field due to our hefty investment into our full platform cloud solution.
When it comes to your data security, the question is where exactly is this data and how can your ensure that it is secure? Recently, there has been much debate over the storage of data offshore in relation to the USA Patriot Act.
What is the USA Patriot Act and how does it affect cloud computing in the UK?
The Act was set up in 2001 as a response to the terrorist attacks of September 11th which reduced the daily freedoms of the American public and also allows for America to access data from the EU. The concern is that businesses using large cloud providers such as Microsoft, are storing their data in datacentres offshore which will not be entirely secure because of this Act. The grey area is around the storage of the data with an American owned company. If you enter into a contract directly with a US company, without going through a local UK subsidiary, your data then lies directly under US law. Therefore, if you are a UK business moving your data to the cloud it may well be important to ensure that your cloud provider bases their datacentres in the UK.
At Netmetix… We have dual datacentres that are based in the Derbyshire area – which we allow our customers to go and visit and be assured that it is secure and local. If the provider has dual datacentres, this means that there are two backups of the data; therefore if something catastrophic happened to one, there would always be the other one. Other attributes to our datacentre ensuring 100% security include:
- Full perimeter security with internal & external CCTV
- Photo ID swipe card entry system
- UPS & diesel generator power backup
- Dual Gbit Internet connections
- Enterprise level Cisco firewalls
Cloudmetix is our fully managed and supported cloud solution which offers you Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) integrated with Software as a Service (SaaS). The data from all of our Cloud customers is stored in the fully secure datacentre mentioned above.
If you would like to learn more about Cloudmetix and our secure local datacentres for your business then please contact us on 024 76 408100
Posted on April 3, 2012, in Cloud Computing, Cloudmetix, Hosting, IT Security and tagged Cloud Computing, cloud computing Coventry, cloud computing West Midlands, data security, datacentre, professional services, secure data, usa patriot act. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.