Leave it in 2012

Trending on Twitter is a timely hashtag, #LeaveItIn2012. Every year there are some trends that should be left behind to provide a breath of fresh air in the New Year, and 2012 is no exception. As we welcome the year 2013, we think there are some trends related to the cloud that should be left behind.

  1. The “Green” Data Center:
    • Before the start of 2012 we predicted the myth of the green cloud would be debunked. Our forecast was validated by both Greenpeace and the New York Times Cloud Factory series, which was published in September. Reality is cloud computing is driving a record build out of centralized infrastructure that requires huge amounts of land, power, cooling and security. As we enter 2013, let’s explore alternatives to the centralized data center with distributed and decentralized cloud approaches.
  2. Rogue Cloud Services:
    • When it comes to a tendency to use the cloud against company policy, we think we should #LeaveItIn2012. In a recent survey, we found nearly 50% of employees at the enterprise level use a cloud-based file sharing service despite company policies prohibiting them. While IT should be all about helping employees increase productivity, it’s time for IT to take back control of corporate data and create and/or stick to policies regarding the use of cloud storage, file sharing or collaboration applications. The risk of compromising a customer’s personal information or private company information is too great.
  3. Putting off your Disaster Recovery Plan:
    • In the past year we have seen many data center outages, and weather related disasters. The increased occurrence of outages remindsSMBs they can’t skirt by another year without a well-established disaster recovery plan. Leave the expectation everything will continue after a disaster in 2012 and have a well formed plan for 2013. Those businesses fortunate enough to not be in the path of disasters like Hurricane Sandy have had their wake up call and in the coming year need to define where data needs to be stored. In 2013 data classification will help businesses decide what cloud is right for specific company files to better organize disaster recovery plans.

Let’s ring in the New Year by wiping our slates clean and putting some best practices in place for 2013. If you aren’t a part of our conversations on Twitter, please follow us.