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Assess Your Cloud Readiness

How do you know if your shop is ready for the cloud and who decides? Cloud answers are based on technical analysis with more than a fair share of philosophy and politics.

On the technical side, Microsoft in October released its Cloud Readiness Tool.

The tool is an interactive survey of 27 questions. The company claims it only takes about 10-15 minutes to complete. The goal is to find out how mature your shop is. The more mature, the more you are ready for the cloud as mature refers to well-thought, well-built and, despite the word mature, that you generally use modern tools.

Based on your answers the tool will spit out its findings in a custom report that addresses "security, privacy and reliability topic areas: security policies capabilities, personnel capabilities, physical security capabilities, privacy capabilities, asset and risk management capabilities, and reliability capabilities," Microsoft says.

Microsoft is also interested in what industry you are part of and points you to related organizations and standards, such as HIPAA for health care and the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS).

Posted by Doug Barney on 11/06/2012 at 12:47 PM


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