While there are many advantages to using shared storage in the cloud, there are some challenges to be aware of, including:
Lack of Control
When you move your data to the public cloud, you lose control over things like physical security, operating system patches, and network optimization. That makes it crucial to choose a trusted shared cloud storage provider. Before agreeing to migrate your data, you need to review their security certifications and service level agreements. In addition, you should shore up the cloud security measures you do have control over, such as authentication, access control policies, and firewalls.
Misconfiguration of cloud security settings is a leading cause of data breaches. Often, these mistakes are due to a lack of training and experience. Your IT staff must be given the time and resources needed to learn how to configure your shared cloud storage and safely add integrations and APIs. Automation is also a key tool in reducing human error, so you may want to consider automatic configuration management and vulnerability testing solutions to bridge the skills gap.
Cloud storage resources themselves are often very fast. However, you may run into performance issues if you need to use that data with on-premises solutions such as EDA (electronic design automation) software. That’s why moving these applications to the same public cloud where your data resides is often beneficial. For example, Synopsys Cloud delivers cloud-native EDA tools integrated with Microsoft Azure’s public cloud, so you get chip design capabilities and shared cloud storage all in one SaaS platform.