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Cloud databases offer multiple advantages for enterprise IT including reduced cost, increased features and easier handling of IT assets. Apart from these very basic benefits cloud databases are quite callable and can work
effectively with mobile platforms and deliver par per use efficiency. Despite so many positives enterprise IT does not always seem very comfortable in adopting the cloud database approach citing security or privacy issues. This cannot go on for long since the benefits being offered by the cloud are increasing with each passing day and it should be embraced proactively by the enterprise IT.
A simple approach to implement a cloud database should include the following key aspects:
Ø Basic Understanding of your data requirements: Even though most IT administrators will contend that they know their data inside out but that is not always true. It is very important to understand how your data variables are inter related and what meaningful information can be derived from them. This is vital because you cannot transfer data to a new destination without understanding their interrelationships. This is where most projects hit a stumbling block.
Ø Data security provisions: The usual excuse of not going the cloud way is concerns regarding data security and privacy. The truth however is that with a robust public cloud vendor you have greater control over your data and usage metrics. Advanced public cloud providers offer sophisticated security mechanisms and privacy methodologies which help you run a very policy and security driven enterprise.
Ø Data Improvement roadmap: Just transferring data from your local systems to a public cloud arrangement does not solve the purpose. The idea is to reform the data and evolve meaningful relationships between the data variables to offer more value to business users and strategic decision makers. Just copying the data won’t help. The idea is to utilize it in a more analytical and meaningful way.
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