Half Cloud, Half Empty? Full Confidence in Cloud

Half Cloud, Half Empty? Full Confidence in Cloud

Guest blogger David Szabo of Microsoft explains how “going cloud” can be a formidable move for any company, akin to moving the family heirlooms and furniture to a new location with somebody you don’t know well yet. Luckily, technologies like Druva inSync, Microsoft Office 365 and OneDrive for Business can give comfort and a sense of control to enterprises moving business workflows to cloud.

Every time a new technology is invented, customer adoption is the number one challenge. Books like Crossing the Chasm and other business literature attempt to make sense of what makes one person accept a new technology and another push back on it. Fortunately, in the world of cloud, we don’t need psychologists anymore to tell us what cuts the mustard – but rather, we have clear reasons to offer customers for going cloud, and give comfort to those customers in ambivalent situations.

We at Microsoft Corp. have been working with Druva to provide this level of comfort to Microsoft customers by bringing trusted cloud solutions to market. We understand that in a life of a company, “going cloud” is as formidable as moving your company headquarters; in fact, moving to cloud may at times feel like you are moving the family heirlooms and furniture to a new location with somebody you don’t know well yet. In that situation, wouldn’t it be great to establish house rules and have everybody obey them? Clearly, there are documents that companies don’t want employees to put in the cloud, and there are situations that shouldn’t happen, such as sensitive document breaching through an employee mobile phone via a Skype chat. In these cases, you need to visibility and control to safeguard all that data that is now distributed across laptops, mobile devices, and cloud apps like Office 365.

Druva’s new integration complements Microsoft Office 365 and OneDrive for Business with these data protection and governance features, giving comfort and a sense of control to enterprises who can’t just choose one way or the other (cloud vs. no cloud). And what’s best, this all runs on Microsoft Azure, so Office and Azure customers don’t have to worry about yet another data center location where their data will be stored.

In addition to proactively checking cloud and data compliance, inSync provides eDiscovery integrations across data stored across all cloud subscriptions and mobile devices. The Sequoia-backed, once start-up, now 400-employee company, has been working with the largest enterprises, such as Xerox and PWC, to combine cloud, data compliance, governance and mobile device data protection into one platform, which now runs on Azure and available to Office and OneDrive for Business customers. Learn more about Druva’s cloud deployment options here.

As more business workflows move to cloud, trust and confidence is being built in the cloud’s scale, efficiencies and security. Microsoft and Druva are committed to giving those who go cloud the solutions they need to be even more confident in their choice, and those who are ambivalent, the compelling reasons to go cloud with confidence.

Read the recent news of Druva’s use of Microsoft Azure for public cloud infrastructure here.

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David Szabo

David is Global Business Development Manager at Microsoft’s Azure group, Entrepreneur and founder of the San Francisco Business Model Creators community.

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