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Whether you’re looking for more predictable costs, reduced maintenance and security burdens, or the flexibility and cutting-edge tools the cloud offers, migrating to a cloud-based platform has become an essential choice for businesses in the last few years. With many organizations competing with those that were ‘born in the cloud’, it’s a natural step in order to maintain or regain competitive advantage while also enhancing security and compliance for your business as markets, regulations and customer demands change. However, in order to make these opportunities a reality, you need to organize a migration of your existing archives. It needs to be a seamless, accurate process with no hidden surprises, and it must maintain legal chain of custody over your data as well as limiting the impact on your business operations. So, where do you turn?
There are two main ways to move your legacy archive to the cloud, but only one that provides the benefits of cloud computing in its truest sense. The first option is to use Software as a Service (SaaS) archiving, like solutions provided by Mimecast and Global Relay. While solutions of this kind might seem like the simple way to go, they do come at the cost of security, access, accountability, and control over your data. The second option is to migrate your data to a true hyperscale cloud that offers complete flexibility and enhanced security.
Moving to a SaaS archive might feel like you’ve shifted to the cloud, especially if you’re moving away from an on-premises environment, but the reality is very different. You’ll likely hear SaaS vendors claim they offer the best turn-key cloud archiving platforms, but SaaS archives restrict you from accessing the best features of the cloud due to their one-size-fits-all approach. Most don’t own their own datacenters, and so rent a cloud space in which they archive the data of multiple organizations. Why is this a problem? This is what’s known as a multi-tenant cloud, and it provides a significant drawback for the client – your encryption keys are controlled by the SaaS vendor and could be used across their SaaS clients. Because encryption keys could be re-used among many clients, data breaches and the associated regulatory issues are much greater. It also means that the SaaS vendor can access your company’s sensitive data at any time.
If you’re sharing a cloud with others, you don’t have control over a wide range of factors. The digital equivalent of shared office space, a SaaS-based archive means the vendor controls everything from security protocols and policies to the global location data is stored in and, crucially, the encryption keys that unlock your data. Proprietary wrappers also mean you can’t access your data effectively or use the latest tools to extract insight from your archive. This black box approach is a far cry from the features of the true public cloud and moves you into only a marginally better place than a legacy, on-premises archive.
In a recent survey of global IT executives, including VPs, directors, and members of the C-suite at major corporations, only 19% of those surveyed believed 75% or more of their SaaS vendors met all of their security requirements. 70% stated they had been forced to make at least one security exception for a SaaS vendor. While many of these organizations are likely using popular SaaS products like Microsoft Office 365 and SalesForce, where the size and standing of the vendor might make the business more amenable to accepting a perceived lower risk, the clear takeaway is that SaaS solutions don’t provide the security standards modern organizations require.
Elsewhere, on the topic of encryption keys, an astounding 95% of respondents believed it was important to control their own encryption keys, and 81% were uncomfortable with their SaaS vendors controlling them. However, 74% of those surveyed said they did not control the encryption keys for the majority of their SaaS solutions. This is a worrying statistic and one that many organizations will have to take steps to reverse as regulations continue to tighten and the threat of cybercrime grows. To that end, 92% of executives said they would need more security customization in the future, with 63% of them planning to retire SaaS applications that didn’t provide them control over encryption keys.
These statistics paint a clear picture of the business security landscape and the risk that the one-size-fits-all approach of SaaS vendors introduces. As the trend for security customization continues and scrutiny over data access and handling increases, SaaS solutions will become increasingly less palatable for businesses aiming to de-risk their operations. Instead, more secure and customizable solutions, such as those in the public cloud, will be sought.
The only way to ensure you retain complete control over your sensitive, archived data and can apply your own security standards and protocols, is to migrate to an archive hosted in your own secure hyperscale cloud. A public cloud environment, like those provided by Microsoft and Amazon, can provide you with full flexibility, unlimited access to your data, data storage in its native format, and the most advanced security features and controls. Using your own cloud not only enhances the security of your data but means you are able to do more with it, harnessing it to unlock insight using cutting-edge AI (Artificial Intelligence) and ML (Machine Learning) tools. None of this is possible natively with a SaaS archive and highlights the true, uncompromised benefits that a public cloud archive can offer.
Take a look at what you get with an archive in the public cloud…
|Features||SaaS Archives||Open Archive|
|Host data in your corporate cloud|
|Protect Data with encryption keys|
|Meet SEC 17a-4 regulations|
|Meet GDPR Regulations||Limited|
|Active user-based pricing|
|Standard eDiscovery with case management|
|Manage any content/data type||Limited|
|Records analysis, classification and management||Limited|
|Policy-driven records classification and transformation|
|Data Loss Prevention and sensitive data analysis alerts|
|Export and produce data for third party consumption|
|Role-based access with Active Directory Integration||Limited|
|Native import and export with O365, SharePoint Online and OneDrive||Limited|
|Accelerated onboarding at 50 TB per day|
|Restore legacy archives back to native format|
|Active user-based pricing|
|Interactive Users - free of charge (restrictions apply)|
Weighing up providers when it comes to your migration is an important step to determine what you do with the terabytes of data stored in your existing archive. While a number of migration vendors exist, including QuadroTech and Transvault, we believe that the key is a high performance email migration tool that can not only move your data to the cloud at the highest possible speed but ensure the migration is complete, accurate and that chain of custody is maintained. Your next steps should also include deciding on how you will decommission your legacy infrastructure, how email that has been stubbed or shortcut will be accessed, whether archiving or journaling is the right decision for you, and if you will move your existing data to a cloud-based solution like Office 365. Archive360 can handle each of these elements for you as part of a complete package, including archive migration, records classification, stub rehydration, and beyond to archiving and journaling, all in your own open archive that you control.
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