Story image

Cloud technologies: issues remain, says CenturyLink

10 Mar 2016

Businesses still need to consider a number of issues that come about when running mission-critical applications in a public cloud environment, according to CenturyLink.

The company says the distrust from organisations is fading as confidence in cloud technology grows, but there are still questions that need to be answered.

“While private or hybrid cloud environments often present the most palatable cloud option for mission-critical apps due to the level of control IT teams can maintain over infrastructure, public cloud has a lot to offer,” explains Stuart Mills, regional director, ANZ, CenturyLink.

“The flexibility of public cloud, for example, gives companies the ability to freely scale as business needs change,” he says.

“Questions of security and reliability around public cloud deployments of mission-critical applications are well-founded,” says Mills.

“The potential for service outages still exists, although the risk is diminishing. Security and compliance issues are also reasonable concerns, even though they can be alleviated with the right approach and a bit of forethought.”

Mills says there are four considerations that will help companies successfully run mission-critical applications in a public cloud:

Security

Security is rightly one of the top concerns for businesses running mission-critical apps in a public cloud environment, Mills says.

“It is essential that the organisation’s public cloud provider is provisioned with proper security policies to meet specific compliance requirements.”

Compliance

According to Mills, regulatory compliance is a core element in information management.

“If companies are found to be non-compliant, they can be subject to hefty fines, not to mention the data breach risks,” he says. “Cloud providers need to have the right controls in place to ensure mission-critical information is managed properly.”

Availability

In some public cloud scenarios, the burden of availability is placed on the customer, meaning the company may need to redesign applications to be resilient on the cloud platform.

“To avoid this responsibility, the public cloud provider’s platform should ensure high availability with tools such as automated replication and monitoring,” says Mills.

Flexibility

When an application is moved to a cloud environment, it often requires manual network configuration changes, which can introduce errors, Mills says.

“A public cloud platform that gives IT teams the ability to configure their network topology as they would in their own data centre can alleviate this burden.”

Cryptomining apps discovered on Microsoft’s app store
It is believed that the eight apps were likely developed by the same person or group.
A multi-cloud approach - what is in it for me?
OVH CEO Michel Paulin explains the benefits of a multi-cloud approach to an organisations digitalisation and what to consider before implementation.
IDC: Top 10 trends for Australia’s digital transformation
The CDO title is declining, 35% of us will be working with bots, the Net Promoter Score will be key to success, and more.
Why the IT service integration market is becoming highly automated
"The SIAM market is not large, but it is one of the fundamental pillars of every digital transformation strategy."
Intel and Rakuten partner to address 5G network gap
“We believe this full end-to-end virtualised network will help us to shift away from reliance on dedicated hardware and legacy infrastructure.”
Exclusive: How Australian businesses can foster customer loyalty with CX
From boardrooms to meeting rooms, there’s an overwhelming recognition of the importance of CX, particularly when it comes to building customer loyalty.
Spoofs, forgeries, and impersonations plague inboxes
It pays to double check any email that lands in your inbox, because phishing attacks are so advanced that they can now literally originate from a genuine sender’s account – but those emails are far from genuine.
HCL and IBM collaborate to encourage global hybrid cloud uptake
HCL announced a collaboration with IBM designed to help advance the hybrid cloud journeys of organisations worldwide.