IDC publishes an Exec Brief entitled Key Questions to Ask when Selecting a Cloud Vendor
A new IDC whitepaper commissioned by Microsoft sets out the key questions CIOs should ask when selecting a cloud vendor to ensure compliance in the cloud.
IDC has released a Microsoft-sponsored Executive Brief entitled Key questions to ask when selecting a cloud vendor which discusses the issues of privacy, security and transparency in the cloud from a CIO perspective. Click here to read the whitepaper in full.
In the digital economy, data is now a critical company asset. As data sets rapidly increase in size, investing in data privacy, security and transparency to ensure compliance is becoming more and more important. A watershed has been reached in developed markets regarding cloud adoption: the overall value of the cloud as a way to boost efficiency and manage data in a cost-effective manner is no longer in question. The prevalence of cloud means that a CIO’s focus is changing as they approach a tipping point. Now, the questions largely revolve around how to make the transition, and how to ensure privacy, data security and compliance.
Microsoft has long-term experience and commitment as a cloud provider, and has worked closely with regulators such as the European commission and National Data Protection Authorities in the EU to solve cloud compliance related questions in a pragmatic way. While businesses cannot give unlimited resources to ensure compliance, partnering with a global provider like Microsoft which has invested to ensure compliance allows them to attain a higher level of security and privacy than they could otherwise.
Microsoft is the only US Cloud provider that offers EU Model Clauses to all its European customers for core cloud services such Microsoft Office 365 as well as Dynamics CRM Online and is the only major cloud service provider to have its approach to Model Clauses implementation acknowledged by European data protection authorities. The Microsoft cloud offering provides a robust set of certifications and standards options. In addition, we go above and beyond addressing regulatory compliance, offering full transparency for our customers how their data are handled in public cloud services such as Microsoft Office 365, Dynamics CRM Online and Windows Azure.