Databases are exceptionally useful for allowing access to important data, but they by default expose data to risks depending on how they are stored. If a database is stored in the cloud, for example, it could potentially be exposed to threats that put the future of your business in jeopardy. Compared to the public cloud, a private cloud database can give you more opportunities for security, flexibility, and customization.
Databases need to be accessible, but they need to be secure in order to be effective. The cloud is the ideal resource to make this happen, but in an always-on environment, you’ll need to secure your data and resources so that they are protected from external threats. When you host your private cloud databases in-house on your own infrastructure, you still have to secure it, but you also have much more control over those defenses.
Maintaining an in-house private cloud database means that you need someone with knowledge of how to manage such a thing… unless you outsource this responsibility to a managed service provider. With the right support, you can make sure that your private cloud databases are as secure as can be. Here are some methods you can use to determine which private cloud provider is best for your business.
The physical location of the server will be important. Ordinarily, a private cloud database would be hosted on-site in your office, but there are hybrid solutions out there that are hosted off-site in a managed service provider’s office, which is then accessed remotely. Either way, the option to have these systems maintained and secured by professionals exists.
Your employees need reliable access to your business’ cloud-based databases. Your goal should be to work with a provider that can ensure maximum uptime, as time when databases aren’t working properly can mean situations where your employees can’t get work done, as well as moments where your clients can’t use certain parts of your services or order products.
Opting for a private cloud database means that you have greater amounts of control over the security measures you implement. Even if you're not the one who manages the security of your cloud database, ask your cloud provider what kind of additional features you can leverage to best protect your data. Options include secondary authentication methods, encrypted databases, virtual private networks, and so on.
One of the biggest perks of a private cloud database is that you have complete control over user access and functionality. Therefore, you’ll need to put some serious thought into how you want to get the most out of your private cloud system. Furthermore, you’ll need to take careful stock of which users can access databases at any given time, as changes in staffing could affect the security of your database.
If you’re looking for a cloud provider that can host your databases in the most secure way possible, SMART Services can help. To learn more, reach out to us at 586 258-0650.