E2 Radio: An Insider View of Cloud Storage

Curtis Franklin Jr., Executive Editor | 2/21/2012 | 8 comments

Curtis Franklin Jr.
Of the many facets of cloud computing, storage in the cloud is one of the most popular for both consumers and enterprise customers. While there are questions about security and privacy, many customers simply accept that the storage they need will be there when they need it -- they never stop to think about what has to happen "behind the scenes" to give them their on-demand storage capability.

In our next E2 Radio episode An Insider View of Cloud Storage, Jan Vendenbos, CTO of CX, will talk to us about a new cloud storage provider and what it takes to provide reliable cloud storage to customers in a very competitive market. This episode, scheduled for 2:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, February 23, 2012, will be well worth carving out time in your busy schedule to attend.

Jan Vandenbos

Jan Vandenbos is a security expert. Most recently, he was the Senior Security Architect leading Microsoft's internal data protection strategy as well as other significant internal security and privacy efforts. He also founded and sold a number of technology companies, including Bloodhounds International Inc., Valhalla Strategy, Inteliant, and American Intermaxx. He has held roles of Chief information Officer, Senior Vice President of Technology, and Chief Security Officer in sectors ranging from oil and gas to healthcare. He is a board member of TwoJet Technologies and the Galileo Educational Network. Jan is a well known presenter on security topics, and was the primary speaker representing Microsoft information Security in both international and domestic venues.

Storage is critical IT infrastucture, and many companies are looking at the options around building a cloud infrastructure for their rapidly expanding enterprise storage needs. Whether your primary interest is in public cloud, private cloud, or some hybrid of the two, Jan's insights into the technologies available and the best-practices for their deployment will be valuable information for you and your organization.

Click this link to register for the next episode of E2 Radio, coming your way on Thursday, February 23, at 2:00 p.m. EST. Plan to be with us early and take advantage of the lively on-line chat that will be part of the radio show. You and your users will be glad you did.

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Greg Schulz   E2 Radio: An Insider View of Cloud Storage   2/22/2012 6:19:29 PM
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Curtis certainly awareness is key, as are good and reasonable policies that do not force employees to do things that might otherwise expose data. For example, the classic making security so difficult that employees keep the passwords under the keyboard or on their wall.

Encryption is a good point as well, regardless of if onsite, local, mobile or in the cloud, data should be encrypted as part of a readiness plan.

Hence, a little common sense can go a long way, get in front with policies, best practices, education and awareness, and embrace where applicable. Same holds with clouds, do not be scared, do some proof of concepts, figure out what works and what does not. Manage the threats and the risks while enabling your employees.

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CurtisFranklin   E2 Radio: An Insider View of Cloud Storage   2/22/2012 5:35:26 PM
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@Greg, I think you're absolutely on target with your statement about not treating all data the same. There are things that can easily go into "normal" public cloud storage, and things that should stay carefully locked away. The trouble is, with so many employees wandering around carrying mobile platforms that hold sensitive data, it can be very easy for both employees and IT to lose track of what is what.

I've seen some solid data leakage prevention packages that help with this, but I'm convinced that a massive employee education program should be part of any cloud storage rollout that includes public cloud, mobile devices or both.
Greg Schulz   E2 Radio: An Insider View of Cloud Storage   2/22/2012 1:49:00 PM
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David I have the view of do not be scared of clouds, however do your homework, be prepared and follow best practices. I myself practicing what I preach have been using cloud backups to compliment local backups. They both have their specific purposes and I use them in different ways for various objectives.

There is a cloud blame game and lack of understanding or awareness that clouds are a shared responsibility in that providers have a role to take care of, as do the consumers or users of the service.

Likewise, there are good cloud providers and low cost, in some cases you get what you pay for, however price alone does not mean you will get something better for a fee vs. for free. How you use the services also has an impact in other words, what you do to minimize risk or loss of access. Hence why I have local and cloud backups, it is not if, rather when I lose access to one or the other is when Im most likely to need access to information.

However to keep costs within budgets, I do not treat all data the same, some is protected more frequently and in multiple locations while other data is protected on a less often basis.

Needless to say, there is a lot more we can discuss, here is a link with some additional related material including the cloud blame game among others.

Needless to say, there is a lot more we can discuss, here is a link with some additional related material including the cloud blame game among others.

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David Wagner   E2 Radio: An Insider View of Cloud Storage   2/22/2012 11:43:22 AM
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I might actually be the wrong person to ask since I'm comfortable with the cloud and my data because it isn't my head if something goes wrong. But a little more than half our readership is not so comfy putting their apps and sensitive data in the cloud.

I'm curious if Jan thinks the public cloud is ready for sensitive data and applications and if so, what he thinks has changed.
CurtisFranklin   E2 Radio: An Insider View of Cloud Storage   2/22/2012 11:16:06 AM
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OK, @David, I'm curious: How are you defining "crack the cloud security issue"? What would you like to see that could convince you that it was truly dealt with? Sounds like a solid set of questions for the chat session around the radio show!
CurtisFranklin   E2 Radio: An Insider View of Cloud Storage   2/22/2012 11:13:03 AM
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@Sara, I'm generally of the opinion that knowing more helps us be more confident -- even if it's greater confidence in the decision not to do something. I think that's going to be the case after tomorrow's show -- I'm looking forward to learning a bit more about what's "behind the curtain" at cloud storage companies.

One of the more interesting things, I think, will be considering how the lessons of public cloud storage companies can be applied to private or hybrid cloud deployments. All in all, it's a show I'm looking forward to very much.
David Wagner   E2 Radio: An Insider View of Cloud Storage   2/21/2012 7:02:56 PM
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A security expert and a CTO of a cloud storage company? Wow, that's got to be exciting. The biggest complaint about cloud anything is security. If they crack the cloud security issue, that's a big deal. Can't wait to find out if they have.
Sara Peters   E2 Radio: An Insider View of Cloud Storage   2/21/2012 6:53:27 PM
Exciting stuff! I wonder if this is going to make me feel MORE confident in the cloud storage providers or less. (Also, Jan looks uncannily like my friend Robb. That isn't at all relevant to anyone but me, but I felt the need to mention it anyway.)

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