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Cloud Tracking: Do You Know Where Your Data Is?

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According to Gartner VP of Research Jay Heiser, "Understand where your data is and who is in control of it.

Look at technology issues, such as infrastructure, platforms, and risk management. Fact is, the aspects of cloud computing that make it appealing from an economic point of view make it difficult to assess risk.

Plug and play suggests a lack of transparency -- if you don't know what's under the hood, you probably can't assess it. People really need help with all this."

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Cloud Tracking: Do You Know Where Your Data Is?

  1. 1. CentriLogic is a leading provider of outsourced Data Center and Hosting solutions for organizations doing brand and mission-critical business on the Internet. State of the art Data Center facilities in both the United States and Canada, industry best practices, experienced technical resources and proactive customer support enable our customers to outsource IT seamlessly and gain peace of mind. CentriLogic.com CONTACT Jim Latimer VP Client Solutions E: jlatimer@centrilogic.com T: 1.866.366.3678 Twitter: @CentriLogic Free downloads from our online Resource Center: Overview of CentriLogic Solution This datasheet outlines our philosophy, approach, and solution offerings. Overview of Centrilogic Facilities Learn about CentriLogic standards for security, fire detection and much more. According to Gartner VP of Research Jay Heiser, "Understand where your data is and who is in control of it. Look at technology issues, such as infrastructure, platforms, and risk management. Fact is, the aspects of cloud computing that make it appealing from an economic point of view make it difficult to assess risk. Plug and play suggests a lack of transparency -- if you don't know what's under the hood, you probably can't assess it. People really need help with all this." Cloud Tracking: Do you know where your data is? Whether running an in-house cloud- based system, or selling services to enterprise customers, IT managers are facing some challenging questions in terms of the handling and physical location of data that go beyond security, performance and access issues. Ubiquitous access to, and movement of, data could fly in the face of privacy legislation requirements within certain countries. In Canada, PIPEDA (Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act), demands that any request for personal data be approved through the courts. The EU Data Privacy Protection Direction cites similar provisions. But under certain provisions in the US Patriot Act, the government has the power to obtain copies of data from U.S.-based service providers, while prohibiting them from disclosure to customers. This creates uncertainty for: • Universities and colleges, who have been among the first to restrict the location of data and ban the use of services such as Gmail to protect student information • Healthcare facilities maintaining confidential patient records that are required to keep data within designated regions. • Financial institutions and payment processing services • Online advertising campaigns that collect personal information that must be segmented in order to comply with national privacy requirements • Government agencies collecting information on private citizens How to tame the cloud 1. For in-house applications, the best approach is to create discrete clouds and use a combination of encryption and VPN tools to enable the physical segmentation of data. Virtualization allows providers to split applications and segment data processing functions without adding significantly to infrastructure costs, or compromising performance or security. 2. Segment data geographically by engaging individual providers within each region to keep sensitive data within specified borders. Choose providers with a choice of international hosting facilities as a means to segment data in keeping with specific local jurisdictional requirements. Providers able to manage clouds in multiple data center locations enable you to move processing functions around your data, versus the other way around. The cloud is everywhere, traversing geographical borders. But when it comes to data, boundaries do matter. United States Head Office 28 Mansfield Street, Rochester, New York USA 14606 T: 1.585.277.1300 Canadian Head Office 2 Robert Speck Parkway, Suite 500, Mississauga, ON Canada L4Z 1H8 T: 1.905.686.9682

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