When you consider developing new applications for the Cloud - or consider migrating existing apps to the Cloud - you’re probably starting to think about the security of your application's data. There are many “myths” around this particular topic and many skeptics that use them as a safety blanket to stay away from putting applications in the Cloud.
IT In Canada’s Mary Allen just posted a great interview with John WeigeIt, Microsoft Canada’s cloud policy expert and national technology officer, entitled Patriots and PIPEDA – locating security and privacy in the cloud. In this article, they discuss the various aspects of data security and privacy that are people’s minds. I highly recommend reading the article even though there’s no code; take some notes so that you’re armed and ready with information when someone asks you what you think about security and privacy in the Cloud. Here are some key points to take away from the interview:
To summarize, in order to make the right decision whether “To Cloud or Not To Cloud?”, it’s important to go past the myth and preconceptions and dig deeper to discover what is relevant to your specific application. You will then be in a position to make a fact-based decision.
Stay tuned for more myth busting interviews, information, and resources that will help your “To Cloud or Not To Cloud?” discussions and decisions.
Good post. I'm getting all kinds of questions like these at work.
Dave, this is definitely quite the topic. If there are any specific questions or need any assitance with Cloud development, just let me know!