No doubt you have heard about ‘working in the cloud’, ‘cloud computing’ and ‘cloud solutions’. But do you also know the various options, the advantages and risks of cloud computing? And what added value it offers to your company? We give you a short overview.
Companies that choose an on premise model, store their data internally and manage everything themselves. In this case, as a company, you have control over all systems and data but you also have to arrange for maintenance and support yourself, which of course can have a serious impact on (smaller) companies with limited IT-staff. In addition, the initial investment in an on premise solution is rather high which is not feasible for everyone. Cloud computing is the delivery of computing services – including servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics, and intelligence – over the Internet (‘the cloud’) to offer faster innovation, flexible resources, and economies of scale. You typically pay only for cloud services you use, helping lower your operating costs, run your infrastructure more efficiently and scale as your business needs change.
‘As a software partner for the energy sector ICASA wants to be a pioneer, and invested years ago in product rebuilt to be ready for the future’, Rudi Bollen – CEO of ICASA – explains. ‘We took the decision based on multi context, single software platform, latest web technology and fully web based. We strongly invested in the transition from on premises to innovative cloud solutions for the management of all types of energy in order to evolve with the market trends and its customers. As technologies in the line of renewable energy are rapidly evolving, it’s even more important to keep tabs on and to be able to quickly respond to the varying needs of companies. Our main target is to shorten the implementation time and to simplify management for the customer. After all, with the ICASA Suite our customers don’t need their own IT-infrastructure anymore. A stable internet connection is sufficient.’
The objective of the security management of every organization is to ensure the Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability (CIA Triad) of its information in the cloud. Supporting this objective, moving your business activities and data to the cloud brings many benefits. Save high costs of managing your security program and on premise systems by migrating to a cloud provider and ultimately limit your security risks.
A cloud solution may be subject to other security threats and vulnerabilities in comparison to an on premises solution. Therefore, the cloud provider must have a well-defined security program, conducting continuous risk assessments and implementing security controls and countermeasures to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information. A well-defined security program provides multiple levels of control to protect against unauthorized access, modification or deletion of your information, as well as ensuring uninterrupted access to your information.
A cloud solution is not as susceptible to physical threats such as natural disasters or explosions. IT equipment is often housed in a data center with advanced technical security controls, such as reinforced walls and advanced fire/temperature measurement systems to further enhance security.
ICASA’s datacenter partner, with 3 state-of-the-art carrier neutral data centers, received the prestigious Tier IV certificate. This means they ensure the most optimal protection and offer the highest guarantees regarding the availability of your data. The Tier IV data center incorporates the highest level of security controls possible today for data centers. Even in Europe, only a small number of data centers have reached this high-level of service and security. Our data center partner offers the legal certainty of compliance with local legislation, thus you can be assured to have the highest possible guarantees in terms of business continuity.