What You Need To Know About Cloud Based Database Software

I’ve always found cloud-based software of all sorts to be quite fascinating, but nothing is as fantastic as cloud databases. This is a phenomenal achievement surpassed only by the potential of a monumental failure.

The idea is great, of course – store a wide array of important information on an outside server and access from anywhere, any time as long as you have Internet access. But the ramifications of this intricate process are deeply integrated into its inherent flaw, namely security.

If the company that provides the server is under attack, then you might not have access to your information, or even worse – lose it.

Naturally, the people working on the maintenance of these cloud-based services are doing everything in their power to make sure that no such instances ever occur but keep in mind that the potential of human error is always great, which means that it’s possible that a security hole is left unpatched, and even if it’s patched, it might not be patched to the extent we would all like in the sense that potential for a security breach has not been closed completely.

Caveat Emptor!

When you’re using an online service of any sort, always beware because if something is online, then it can be attacked. Now, I don’t want you to be alarmed. This doesn’t necessarily mean that your cloud database or email is under attack 24/7, but there is a possibility for that and you need to keep that in mind.

No system is 100% safe whatever the marketing department of a company would like to tell you. This is normal, of course, and like I said, doesn’t really mean that you’re going to be attacked but you really need to keep that in mind when you’re bringing valuable information online.

Just a little caveat I like to spread.

Possible Ramifications

When having a cloud database, one of the most annoying and possibly most harmful negative consequences might be not having access to your database.

This is what we call “denial of service” or DoS. If the company providing the service is under attack by hackers and they are flooding the server with requests, then the server might shut down and you will be denied access to your database. This is a really rare occurrence but it can happen in a small percent of the cases.

Another possible negative result might be your account being hijacked and your information being either erased or stolen. This is even worse than denial of service because DoS will be fixed at one point or another, but when your information is lost, there is nothing to be done about it if there is no backup.

If your information ends up stolen, then someone else will have the same access as you do so imagine what they can do if the data is crucial. The whole business can be destroyed.

The insurance policies don’t cover that much. Again, I want to reiterate that those things don’t happen on a day-to-day basis. But it’s still something you need to keep in mind when deciding to bring your whole database online.

Company Reactions

Of course, your cloud service provider isn’t exactly a sitting duck. They constantly work with Internet security firms to find and patch possible holes in the defenses and make sure that your information is well protected and safe from possible intruders.

Are they doing a good job? Yes, they are, which is why attacks don’t occur frequently and there are almost never any breaches. But still, a bit of caveat never hurt anyone.

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