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Control Your Business's CloudFebruary 19, 2013
By Robbie Pleasant, TMCnet Contributor
Everything seems to be moving to the cloud these days, but what exactly does that mean? It gives the image of the data just floating overheard, growing based on water condensation but ready to rain down information at a moment’s notice, but really, it’s a storage service.
When companies put their data or software on the cloud, what they’re essentially doing is handing it over to a third-party provider to host it elsewhere. This way, the company itself doesn’t have to worry about storage or management, putting it in the capable hands of the third party.
There are several benefits to this, besides the “out of sight, out of mind” principle. Hosting services or solutions on the cloud allows companies to save on costs that would normally be spent on on-premise solutions. It also allows for greater mobility, since the stored data can be accessed from nearly anywhere.
Of course, there are also concerns about security, which many cloud service providers still need to address. As such, it is recommended that one not use the cloud for particularly sensitive data, lest anything happen to it. Hybrid solutions are also helpful, although the decision is inevitably up to each business.
Should there be a breach in security, the responsibility for that lies on the company owning the data, rather than the one hosting it. As such, it’s even more important that a company decide wisely when considering moving to the cloud and what data they put on it.
Still, there’s no denying that the cloud has been a great tool for many businesses, and it’s likely to continue to be as such for a long time to come. The ease in which it lets users both at the office and working remotely access stored data and solutions is not going to be replicated or replaced any time soon. The cloud is a wonderful thing to use, as long as one knows what it is and all that it can and can’t do.
Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli
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