An industry group has come up with a model for evaluating and determining if and where cloud-based computing makes sense for an organization.
The Jericho Forum today released its so-called Cloud Cube Model white paper (PDF), which provides best practices and criteria for going to the cloud, as well as choosing the appropriate service providers.
“The Jericho Forum cloud cube computing model is designed to be an essential first tool to help business evaluate the risk and opportunity associated with moving into the cloud,” says Adrian Seccombe, CISO and senior enterprise information architect for Eli Lilly and a member of the Jericho Forum board.
The forum says not every IT function should be relegated to the cloud, and defines the different types of these online services. Security “is often significantly better than that of the customer’s own IT systems” with some cloud providers, according to the white paper, but with a caveat: “While this may well be true, it is critical that cloud customers select the right cloud formations for their needs to ensure they remain secure, [are] able to collaborate safely with their selected parties as their evolving business needs require, and [are] compliant to applicable regulatory requirements — including on the use and location of their data.”
[Source: Dark Reading]