Cloud Computing Governance

This is a brief summary of some Cloud Computing governance issues

Technical Issues

Determine how the Cloud Provider::

  • Supports change management
  • Provides for high-availability
  • Provides for redundancy and failover (if any)
  • Provides for security related to the Internet
  • Provides for physical security

Legal Issues

It is important to determine what needs to be in a contract with your Cloud provider. Things to consider:

  • Service standards to be maintained
  • Retention of rights to your data
  • Legal jurisdiction where the data center is located
  • Privacy laws where the data center is located
  • Liability of data breaches
  • Policies and procedures related to providing digital forensics data in the event of any legal dispute, cyber attack, or data breach.
  • Notification of changes when they occur at the data center
  • Disaster recovery
  • Remedies for various possible problems
  • Details for what occurs at the beginning and end of the contract period

Business Issues

Your business relationship with a Cloud provider should involve:

  • The Cloud provider's reputation
  • Financial stability of the Cloud provider
  • The length of time the Cloud provider has been in business
  • Management practices for the data center

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The Savvy Manager's Guide

Douglas K Barry is also the author of a book that explains Web Services, service-oriented architecture, and Cloud Computing in an easy-to-understand, non-technical manner.

Web Services, Service-Oriented Architectures, and Cloud Computing: The Savvy Manager's Guide

Web Services, Service-Oriented Architectures, and Cloud Computing: The Savvy Manager's Guide (Second Edition)

by with David Dick

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