Data Management in the Cloud
Cloud computing offers easy templates for data processing and this leads to the impression that security and authenticity of data may suffer. But there are specialized firms that offer tailor-made solutions that allow you to use cloud computing services with the maximum of security and accuracy.
Software is now available which caters specifically to cloud storage using REST (representational state transfer) or HTTP interfaces to manage information on storage that has cloud based architecture. These applications would have a modular approach to data management, which offers de-duplication. This is intelligent compression or single instance storage that reduces the storage space required. Such software also uses encryption for moving archive and backup data to long term cloud storage. Data verification and integrated alerting ensures that the data reaches the cloud safely.
The data deduplication helps to reduce costs by compressing the data by up to 75 percent and thus the data is compressed before it is sent into the cloud.
Encryption ensures security and is a vital requirement for any administrator in an IT setup. Data verification ensures that data is verified and alerts received in case of discrepancies. This allows the cloud computing user to fearlessly use the stored data for any further processing without having to worry about its accuracy.
A proper data management plan in the cloud will also allow an administrator to set up access to the data for properly authorized personnel. Users may have only viewing rights, editing rights or rights to use the data for further processing.
Data quality assurance is another area that needs to be addressed while setting up IT activities in the cloud. This is an area that has a lot of importance where the data is used by multiple users to produce reports or other documents required for planning or decision making.