Menu
Security still an issue for cloud customers

Security still an issue for cloud customers

Cloud vendors are implementing better security measures, but potential clients still need to be reassured

Cloud computing may offer a quick and inexpensive way to build an online business, but customer fears about security still must be allayed.

Representatives of three cloud-based application companies touted their efforts Friday afternoon during an event at Google offices in San Francisco. Two of the companies, WebFilings and Simperium, were using Google's App Engine cloud while the third, Rypple, leveraged Rackspace cloud services but used Google technologies like Google Web Toolkit.

[ Get the no-nonsense explanations and advice you need to take real advantage of cloud computing in InfoWorld editors' 21-page Cloud Computing Deep Dive PDF special report. | Stay up on the cloud with InfoWorld's Cloud Computing Report newsletter. ]

"We have several Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies that are storing their financial information with us and on Google App  Engine, " said Daniel Murray, managing director of WebFilings, which provides an application to assist companies with filling out U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission reports. WebFilings just signed up a Fortune 30 company also, Murray said.

WebFilings, though, still has to sell the cloud concept itself, Murray acknowledged. But a lot of issues as far as security are starting to fall away, he said. Both WebFilings and Google implement layers of security, said Murray.

"You have to make you can educate your customers and help them understand how [cloud computing] can be secure and how it can be a benefit to them," Murray said.

At Rypple, which furnishes Web-based team feedback software, the company uses Rackspace instead of App Engine because Racksapce made it easier to address concerns about security and privacy, said Tihomir Bajić, Rypple software developer. Customers, however, were more concerned about privacy of data, he said.

Simperium's Simplenote application, meanwhile, provides a way to keep notes on the Web, a mobile device or a computer.

"Simplenote actually started as a mobile app. We built it for iPhones originally and it's been around for over a year now," said Fred Cheng, Simperium founder.

This article, "Security still an issue for cloud customers," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Follow the latest developments in business technology news and get a digest of the key stories each day in the InfoWorld Daily newsletter.

Read more about cloud computing in InfoWorld's Cloud Computing Channel.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or
Error: Please check your email address.

Tags cloud computinginternetGooglerackspaceenginU.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Featured

Slideshows

Bumper channel crowd kicks off first After Hours of 2018

Bumper channel crowd kicks off first After Hours of 2018

After Hours made a welcome return to the channel social calendar with a bumper crowd of partners, distributors and vendors descending on The Jefferson in Auckland to kick-start 2018. Photos by Gino Demeer.

Bumper channel crowd kicks off first After Hours of 2018
Looking back at the top 15 M&A deals in NZ during 2017

Looking back at the top 15 M&A deals in NZ during 2017

In 2017, merger and acquisitions fever reached new heights in New Zealand, with a host of big name deals dominating the headlines. Reseller News recaps the most important transactions of the Kiwi channel during the past 12 months.

Looking back at the top 15 M&A deals in NZ during 2017
Kiwi channel closes 2017 with After Hours

Kiwi channel closes 2017 with After Hours

The channel in New Zealand came together to celebrate the close of 2017, as the final After Hours played out in front of a bumper Auckland crowd.

Kiwi channel closes 2017 with After Hours
Show Comments