It’s important to know the location of cloud computing databases

by | Nov 14, 2013 | Business Continuity, Cloud & Hosting

Why you need to know the location of cloud computing databases

Security is one of the most commonly discussed advantages of cloud computing, and it’s usually juxtaposed to the lack thereof of traditional backup methods. Security, however, can be a bit vague in terms of cloud computing, and it’s important to ensure how exactly your data is being secured as well as the location of cloud computing databases.

In order to provide another level of security, many cloud computing services providers offer off-site backups. There are many advantages of using off-site backups, and they provide a level of security that traditional backup methods never could. Before choosing a cloud computing service provider, however, it’s important to research their off-site backup solutions to ensure the security of your data.

A recent Tech Target article raises the question of where the off-site backups of cloud computing service providers are actually located. The article suggests asking the service provider where they’re located, and then research the jurisdiction laws of the region:

“Jurisdiction defines your rights. If your data is stored in the small, unruly nation of East Pirateostan, don’t expect much protection. And if your data ends up being stored in a location with different laws or regulations, you may forfeit your rights to it. One example is a Las Vegas casino that stores betting data in the cloud, only to learn later that the data is kept in a state that prohibits gambling.”

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So while off-site backups are meant to improve the security of the client’s data, they can only do so if they’re located in secure countries. If a cloud computing service provider isn’t upfront about where they keep their off-site backups, there’s certainly a cause for concern.

At Inventio IT, however, we don’t offer vague terms of off-site backups and don’t conceal information about them. In fact, we let you know the exact cities where our off-site backups are located. Currently, such cities include, Dallas, TX, Chicago, IL, Los Angeles CA, London, UK, and Amsterdam, Netherlands. One of the main advantages of cloud computing with Invenio IT is that your data will certainly not be hosted from an off-site backup located in an “unruly nation of East Priateostan.”

If you would like more information about the advantages of cloud computing, contact us.

Dale Shulmistra is a Business Continuity Specialist at Invenio IT, responsible for shaping the company’s technology initiatives -- selecting, designing, implementing & supporting business continuity solutions to bolster client operational efficiencies and eliminate downtime.