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Compliance in the Cloud

the cloudTo say that IT has to deal with an ever-growing amount of regulations would be an understatement. The high penalties that come with noncompliance today – including both legal and financial penalties – can be stiff. In fact, one of the primary reasons that some enterprises have held off on implementing cloud computing technology is because they’re worried that it will be difficult to maintain compliance with those regulations.

There is nothing from a regulatory perspective that prevents a company from using the cloud, of course. In fact, if you step back a little bit, you might see a new world of possibility: relying on the cloud provider to ensure compliance.

Keeping up

Regulations, at least in some industries, are constantly in flux. You wind up with a shifting set of users and a temporary set of business priorities. This can have a ripple effect through your whole business.

Yet, you’re not alone in this. Other businesses in your area have to follow the same regulations and legal mandates. You wind up with literally hundreds of different IT organizations trying to figure out how to meet compliance. This means plenty of wasted energy, as well as the potential for mistakes.

Where the cloud can help

This problem represents an opportunity for cloud providers. Providers who can step up to the plate and meet the various regulatory requirements in a given niche represent a much-needed service. Rather than having to be agile on your own, you turn to the type of IT solution that’s built around the idea of agility: cloud providers.

There are many ways this can take shape. You could be talking about a mandated level of encryption. You might be talking about how specific sorts of transactions are logged. By turning to a cloud provider, you can actually keep up with compliance requirements without having to make radical changes on a regular basis.

The cloud offers a number of possibilities in the area of compliance. Some providers are already stepping up to the plate, offering cloud services that promise to meet compliance requirements in a number of fields, and it’s likely that this trend will continue.

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Unitiv, Inc., is a professional provider of enterprise IT solutions. Unitiv delivers its services from its headquarters in Alpharetta, Georgia, USA, and its regional office in Iselin, New Jersey, USA. Unitiv provides a strategic approach to its service delivery, focusing on three core components: People, Products, and Processes. The People to advise and support customers. The Products to design and build solutions. The Processes to govern and manage post-implementation operations.