Gartner analysts estimate that the public cloud services market is growing at a rate of 17.5% in 2019, and that it will reach $214.3 billion. The firm also explains that the models with the highest growth are infrastructure as a service (IaaS) with 27.5% and platform as a service (PaaS) with 21.8%.
These huge figures demonstrate that an increasing number of companies are choosing to migrate their data from their local data centers to cloud systems. In doing so, companies are seeking a more scalable structure. They also aim to improve the efficiency of their processes and the way they access their information.
Different clouds, different answers_
There are different kinds of implementation of cloud services that companies can choose between. To do so, they must bear in mind different factors and criteria such as their size and resources; their specific customization needs; and, of course, their requirements as far as data protection and cybersecurity go. In this sense, we can identify three kinds of cloud:
- Public clouds are the kind most commonly used by all sorts of organizations, from the smallest company to large corporations. In this case, the resources that the organization uses such as servers and storage are the property of a another service provider, which administrates them and offers this service over the Internet. The advantage for companies is that scalability is almost unlimited, costs are lower compared to other types of cloud, and the fact that the provider has many servers means that it can be trusted to have resources operative even if there is some kind of system outage. On the other hand, the principal drawback is the fact that, when an organization’s resources are on a public cloud, they aren’t directly under their control. This means that there is less margin for applying cybersecurity policies and measures than in other cloud structures.
- Private clouds use resources that belong exclusively to the organization itself. This kind of cloud can be physically located in the local data center or be hosted in an external service provider. This implementation implies higher costs for the organization, and as a result it is less common in small or medium companies. However, this kind of cloud has the distinct advantage of not sharing resources with other companies. The organization has a greater degree of control, and is able to personalize their resources and data on the cloud, as well as being able to apply tighter cybersecurity or data protection measures.
- Finally, there are hybrid clouds. These are, to a greater or lesser degree, a combination of the two previous types, combining local infrastructure and a public cloud with external servers. In this case, heads of IT can choose what data and applications they want to store on their private cloud, and which they want to store on a public cloud managed by a provider. Bearing in mind cybersecurity criteria, heads of IT tend to store the most sensitive information, such as financial data or patents, on the private cloud, and the bulk of data that is less critical on the public cloud. The public cloud has the advantage of being more easily scalable if the amount of data the company handles increases.
Data in Europe, specialized solutions for Enterprise_
Indeed, given how important it is to correctly manage and protect customer and consumer data, the EU developed and implemented the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The aim of this regulation is to protect the personally identifiable information of all EU citizens. In order to comply with this regulation, it is obligatory that companies know exactly where their data is.
This is why companies are increasingly choosing solutions that guarantee that their data is stored in European Union territory. This way, they can avoid the problems stemming from different national legislations in force outside the European Economic Area.
In this case, Cytomic offers its Enterprise segment customers the chance to create any of the three kinds of cloud that they believe best for their business. These clouds are located in the European Union, since each one uses a differentiated instance on Microsoft Azure, stored on servers in Germany and Ireland. This way, Cytomic is able to assure organizations that their data will not only be protected with the most advanced cybersecurity solutions—which protect against the most advanced threats, such as those that use Living-off-the-Land (LotL) techniques—but also that they will be guaranteed for the strict criteria of the GDPR.