Scaling your business globally using the cloud

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While today’s multinational corporations have learned to scale their business globally, many are still trying to do the same with their IT and web presence. The challenge is that many businesses today utilize regional approaches and providers for their underlying IT architecture, and getting to global scale takes a coordinated approach spanning both regional and business unit lines, as well as often requiring multiple service and technology provider partners.

In this webinar, we discuss the milestones that indicate when a business is ready to develop a global cloud strategy and the challenges to developing that strategy. We will also examine some case studies of companies that created a worldwide cloud strategy and how these efforts worked in real-world implementation.

Join GigaOM Pro and our sponsor Equinix for “The global cloud: how distributed, multiregion businesses can scale globally using cloud infrastructure,” a free analyst roundtable webinar on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, at 10 a.m. PDT.

Some of the topics we’ll discuss include:

  • Does worldwide presence and planning matter in the age of cloud?
  • Can you integrate regional and multiregional cloud platform providers?
  • Understand best practices in evolving a regional to worldwide cloud strategy.

We’ve assembled a panel of experts, including:

This free analyst roundtable webinar, hosted by GigaOM Pro and our sponsors Equinix, will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. PDT. Register today to claim your spot.

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Something to consider is risk management, insurance, and privacy when using the cloud (I sent an email to GigaOm suggesting a webinar on the topic). For example, in British Columbia, Canada there is an obscure privacy law that states organizations must store all personal information on servers within Canada.

Additionally, just because data is stored in a cloud doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be backed up locally. An organization should keep track of what information is stored in a cloud (or anywhere), why, and who has access. For example, I’ve seen organizations collecting social security numbers “because it might be useful” or keeping credit card numbers when they don’t have recurring billing.

Does your organization have IT/Cloud use policies. For example, password requirements, only using secure connections, only using secure computers, etc. If it’s not covered in a formal, written plan it’s not risk management.

Any time you store any data anywhere (digitally or physically on paper) you are responsible for the safety and security of that data. The recent Sony and RSA SecureID breeches are perfect examples of worst case scenarios when data is lost. It can cost in terms of business interruption, rebuilding customer databases, changing all usernames & passwords, public relations, reputation loss, etc.

Hope that helps and I hope risk management and insurance evolve with technology use.

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