Core Cloud Concepts: Part 3 — Trust in the Cloud

Over the next several weeks, I want to discuss some core concepts of cloud computing. I designed this series for tech professionals (whether at the staff or senior-level management/executive level) in evaluating the potential benefits of a cloud solution.

We previously covered elasticity and availability of resources. We also talked about the importance of the isolation of cloud resources. In this post, we are going to discuss trusting cloud platforms.

As we have talked about in the past, the security of computer platforms will be an ongoing challenge. Even libraries must contend with platform security, with major tech companies committing more resources to take on the most glaring challenges. Security influences the way people think about technology platforms, and ultimately, how much people trust technology.

Trust directly informs our risk tolerance, which is how much and in what ways are we willing to endure a particular risk. This risk can come as data loss, downtime for a tech platform, and other related issues. IT professionals used to be highly skeptical of cloud services, which informed their approach to cloud platforms. Some of the most sensitive data may be held back from a cloud platform, or non-cloud data backups became more important as more work gets relegated to cloud systems.

Specifically, regarding cloud platforms, there are a few questions that need to be considered when evaluating the extent that platform can be trusted.

How do we ensure data remains secure?

How do we maintain data integrity?

How do we integrate cloud into our operations?

Parting Thoughts

A related question to cloud security concerns the reliability of cloud platforms, which is a subject covered in the last part of this series. Reach out to me on Twitter, @SusanneTedrick.

Originally published at on September 22, 2021.

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