Storing in the cloud securely: 30 services compared

Cloud storage services for personal and business use from the perspective of the CIO

  1. The consumer cloud
  2. Who owns the data?
  3. Keeper of the keys
  4. A snapshot of secure services
  5. What to look for

In perhaps the most comprehensive roundup on the net, we take a look at cloud storage services for personal and business use from the perspective of the CIO: what they offer, what's important and what to look for.

The consumer cloud

The ubiquity of cloud services combined with the consumerisation of technology in the workplace is creating interesting challenges for CIOs. Where once storage was internal and hardware was a factor of your IT infrastructure, today's workplace landscape is becoming a very different silicon beast.

Increasingly, everything from hosting to email and office productivity is being outsourced to cloud services placing business data, intelligence and intellectual property in the hands of others. The trade-off is usually efficiency and cost, but it's not just the enterprise that's taking advantage of cloud services: employees are doing it too. Sometimes for personal use, sometimes for business, often both.

This is in part enabled by both the ease of access to such services (most all have 'free' accounts making a very small barrier to entry) and the prevalence of consumer devices in the workplace: smartphones, tablets and laptops. Where once it may have been an option for IT policy to prohibit or limit these devices, this is no longer realistic— today, these are the tools through we which we conduct business.

As a result, policy has to move with the times and adapt, so when it comes to employees uploading business data to third-party cloud storage services—simply as part of the natural order of doing business with clients, contractors, freelancers or other staff—how can you be sure which services are 'safe'?

We asked this same question and scoured the net to put together our comprehensive guide covering most cloud storage services currently available. But first, let us define the problem.

10 Comments

Martin

1

Love the content of the article but have two notes...

1. The table doesn't seem available to me. The embedded table link does not resolve (chrome on Mac). Is there a direct link available?

2. I appreciate the discussion of platform compatibility but I think you missed touching on one important element for my use case - cloud storage support for network storage units (backup especially). Of the services mentioned in the body of the article (remember - I can't access the table), I think only ElephantDrive and Mozy offer on-board NAS support. I know Egnyte does as well, but I didn't see them mentioned. In any event, we've find it very useful to have one solution that covers not only the workstations and laptops, but also the NAS.

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Staff

2

Hi Martin

Please check again for comment #1 as we have tested our end and you should be able to see the table on page 4 fine now. Please let me know if you cant.

Sydney

3

For security, Gartner has started tracking a new category - cloud encryption gateways. Encrypts data before sent to the cloud and some can work with mobile apps. Encryption and keys stay behind the firewall. One to check out is CipherCloud.

Martin

4

@Anonymous - I'm not sure if it was on my end or your end (probably mine), but the table is rendering correctly for me now. I was able to view and to download.

Thanks for checking and apologies if I raised a false alarm.

Furniture Stores Brisbane

5

This is the only time I've been to your website. Thanks for explaining more details.

webman

6

How can I make an email server with my hosting account?

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7

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Terry

10

It is definitely a detailed comparison, really appreciate your time and effort. The only thing that disappoints me is that the list missed out SyncBlaze which we are currently using it in our organization and suits the needs of small and medium businesses. Thanks anyways.

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