Cloud Computer week 2

Here we are, week 2 of BSIT 375.

In researching some comparisons of NAS and Cloud Computing I came across some information that I would like to share.  There are some features that are kind of must haves in regards to building NAS as your type of storage for your company.

  1. Security – Your NAS will be storing confidential company data, consider the use of SSL to protect the Web management interface a bare minimum.
  2. Power Consumption – Because your NAS is likely to be switched on 24/7, energy starts becoming more important in the way of environmental impact and your electricity bill.
  3. iSCSI Support – An increasing number of NAS come with iSCSI support, making this a de facto feature.
  4. Ability to sync/backup to another NAS – Storing a copy of the data with another NAS at another physical location is invaluable in ensuring data survivability.
  5. Multi-functional Capabilities – Extra features built into a NAS can be very useful.  The availability of FTP services can be used for staging and transferring large files across the Internet – with the right firewall configuration. The ability to host Web files can be used to host internal websites or intranet portals.
  6. Deduplication – Depending on the compression ratio gained and preferred backup regime, this might be invaluable to some Small/Medium Business.
  7. On-board, hardware-accelerated encryption –  If possible, opt for NAS with on-board encryption support that can perform encryption at much faster speeds. Encryption is the best defense against vendors or business partners simply walking away with one of the companies hard drives.
  8. Support for syncing with cloud storage – This allows your business to do without configuring a firewall or VPN that is required for NAS-to-NAS backups. With that some cloud-based services have high levels of redundancy, which can reinforce data survivability a second layer of backup for data.

All of these are items to look into if you company is going to be using a NAS as its primary source of data storage and access.  Do you feel like there were any items that I missed?  Please feel free to let me know on the discussion board.  Thank you.

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Cloud Computing

Hello class.  I am Jeff Fackler.  I am originally from Brandenburg KY, but I currently live in Omaha NE.  I am married and have 2 children.  I have been in the Air Force for 19 years as a Network Admin and Manager/Section Chief of several Communications Squadron Network Control Centers.  I have my Security + and Network+ certifications.  I am currently in this class to finish up my BS in Information Technology.  I am a recent transfer from Arizona State University, due to finding out that ASU would not take 87 of my previous credits.  Sad that they do not tell you that til after you are enrolled and taking classes there.  Bellevue has been great about getting me set up for success. I have 1 year left to finish my BS and then I will be attending Creighton Law School in order to pursue Cyber Law.  That being said I have little knowledge of Cloud Computing and so for this class I hope to learn a lot.

In regards to Cloud Computing I got to researching for my blog for the class.  Something that peeked my interest, since I am in IT, and we deal with a multitude of certifications was whether or not there was a specific certification dealing with cloud computing.  Low and behold there most certainly was.  Comptia has a Cloud+ and Cloud Essentials course and exam.

Now I do not think that I will be taking the course or the exam anytime soon as my career is taking me elsewhere but I thought that some of you might be interested in some information that Comptia has to pass on in regards to this certification.

“Cloud Essentials is relevant: The exam covers situations and equipment with respect to your specific experience and expertise. You will not need to perform tasks or master technical material you will not use in your day-to-day job.

Cloud Essentials is practical: Whether you are new to cloud computing or rely on it for high-level business practices, this fundamental approach provides the exact amount of preparedness you need.

Cloud Essentials remembers every scenario: The certification exam includes a risk-and-consequences component, understanding that every business has its unique IT needs. Each one will apply cloud technologies differently. Prepare for contingencies, malfunctions, security threats and other situations that require swift, effective decisions.

Cloud Essentials values security: One of the most common worries about cloud computing is the safety of the data involved. CompTIA Cloud Essentials answers those worries and shows you how to keep your sensitive data as secure in the cloud as it would be anywhere else.” (CompTIA Cloud Essentials, 2017)

As you can see cloud computing is the here and now.  If you are going to stay in the career field of IT then it is imperative that you gain some cloud computing knowledge.

Now tell me.  Do you plan on taking the Comptia Cloud+ exam?

 

References:

CompTIA Cloud Essentials. (2017). Retrieved December 02, 2017, from https://certification.comptia.org/certifications/cloud-essentials#overview