Executive Sponsorship: Don’t Migrate to the Cloud Without It

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By Octavio Morales, Senior Vice President — Operations

It doesn’t matter what business you’re in or what type of project you’re managing. Change is hard. The bigger the change, the more you need senior leadership to help pave the way. Migrating to the cloud can fall into this category. And, while you might have a C-level executive such as a CIO or CTO driving the project, here are a handful of reasons why it can be a good idea to enlist executive sponsorship from outside the IT realm as well:

Alignment to business goals. In the Society for Information Management’s latest survey of Chief Information Officers, alignment to IT was the number one issue for CIOs in 2016. Having an executive sponsor from the business side of the organization can help you understand how your cloud migration strategy needs to support the business and articulate the business benefits of your strategy to others.

Cost/benefit analysis. When you migrate to the cloud, decisions will need to be made that require a thorough understanding of the cost/benefits analysis. For example, which cloud model suits your organization best: public? private? hosted private? colocation? hybrid? The most effective solution may not always look the least expensive on paper. An executive who can articulate the business reasons for choosing one over the other to the rest of the C-Suite can be an invaluable ally. Continue reading

Tightening Cloud Security with Role Segmentation and Isolation

By Dustin Larmeir, TierPoint Systems Engineer

Securing the perimeter of a cloud is critical to help protect against network infiltration, but it’s key to remember that perimeter defense represents only a single layer of cloud security. What happens when someone gets past that layer of defense?

A lot of malware will communicate to external systems, passing traffic back and forth. As a result, once it infiltrates a cloud, the malicious script or controller can then ex-filtrate confidential data. That is, unless we architect network security to protect against that outcome.

In fact, with security protocols and technologies smartly designed and implemented, even when a threat actor gets inside and plants a piece of malware, it’s often possible to prevent it from getting data out. Continue reading

TierPoint’s Managed Services Heritage and Future

By Scott Fuhriman, TierPoint VP of Sales and Product Development

Editor’s Note: This feature is part of a continuing series of snapshots chronicling TierPoint’s evolving corporate story. Fuhriman is based in TierPoint’s data center in Spokane, Washington. Click on the follow button on the bottom right to receive these stories in your inbox weekly.

Cloud computing adoption and rising security threats are fueling demand for managed services. One study found that in North America alone, cloud and managed service providers (MSPs) generated $154 billion in revenue in 2014. It isn’t tough to do a Google search and find projections substantially more than that for the current year. Continue reading

FAQ Friday: PCI DSS Compliance and SMBs

By Steve Sims, CISSP, TierPoint Sales Engineer

Customers frequently ask many questions about compliance in the cloud. In particular, SMBs often ask us how they can be compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) even if they are not required to be. Every day, we share compliance advice and educate customers about selecting the right type of infrastructure solution (e.g. private or public cloud) for compliance and at what cost.

Recently, we teamed up with Fortinet, one of our technology partners, to host a forum in Seattle and Spokane addressing several security issues: Here are some highlights from our discussion: Continue reading

It’s a Myth that Data is Inherently More Safe Outside of the Cloud

By Christian Lappin, Senior Sales Engineer, TierPoint

Earlier this week, TierPoint in Marlborough, MA hosted a cloud and security event with CAI Managed IT, one of our business partners. I gave a talk about cloud security myths and Frank Motta of CAI provided tips for managing security inside your organization.

I echo Larry Port, of Law Technology Today, who wrote this month that arguably “we’re at the point where cloud providers have the upper hand when it comes to providing secure storage for your critical information.” Continue reading

FAQ Friday: Top Security Questions from TierPoint Clients

By Brian Schwartz, TierPoint Content & Social Media Marketing Manager

John Stoker, CISSP, leads a team of security specialists and systems engineers at TierPoint’s Liberty Lake data center located near Spokane, WA. In addition to providing cloud and colocation services, they offer a suite of managed security services performed at client locations including perimeter security, traffic analysis and Web filtering.

For this week’s FAQ Friday, I asked him about the FAQs and issues he hears about from customers regularly. Continue reading

Automating Business Operations with Private Cloud Technology

By Christian Lappin, TierPoint Sr. Sales Engineer

When it comes to business and technology, the main objective has long been automate, automate and automate some more. We’ve seen the advent of VMware and Microsoft Hyper V systems drastically alter the landscape of local network management for the better, replacing cumbersome physical machine maintenance with streamlined, software-defined workflows handled virtually. Continue reading