Cloud computing is one of the most popular technologies, especially in the business world, but people who are unfamiliar with the concept of using “the cloud” may find the idea intimidating or confusing. In layman’s terms, cloud computing is basically just moving your data from your hard drive so you can access it via the internet instead of from a physical location at your office. It’s convenient and fairly easy to implement, but it’s also not for everyone. If you’re feeling hesitant about the cloud, here are some things to consider before you can make the big move.
No matter how hard you try, you will never be able to physically see or touch the internet. When you access your cloud information, you’ll do so in a similar way to how you access the data now. But you may be turned off by the idea of storing our information “out there” – and that’s okay. If physical, onsite storage is important to you, then perhaps you are not ready for the cloud just yet.
You If you’re worried that cloud storage is less secure than onsite data storage, that’s not really the case. In general, your data is quite secure when you’re using the cloud. Usually, cloud services use the latest encryption methods and security measures to ensure your data is safely stored where no one can reach it but you. But like all aspects of technology, these security measures can potentially fail. It’s important to choose a cloud provider that has multiple redundancy locations so that any potential data loss in one location can be offset by the data being backed up in another location.
However, if you’re still feeling uncomfortable about the idea of not having your data with you, you should either speak to an IT consultant and have your fears and concerns addressed.
In general, cloud computing is less expensive than onsite data storage. When you have your own server, you’ll have to pay for the hardware, the backups, and the maintenance it requires. Generally, cloud services are a flat fee with no “hidden” costs or regular maintenance expenses. However, with cloud computing you need to ensure that you have invested in a speedy internet connection. If these negatives outweigh the extra expense of housing your own server, then forget about moving to the cloud for now.
There are many cloud applications available, and custom applications are easily developed. These are called Software as a Service (Saas), and you’ll usually pay on a subscription basis. The downside, however, is that the customisation is fairly limited, and many other companies are often using the same application. If you require more specifically customisable applications or use intricate software to gain a competitive edge over your competitors, then SaaS probably isn’t ideal for your company.
A move to the cloud may be inevitable for your business eventually, but on-premise solutions are certainly still an option for most companies.
So if you’re still unsure about whether the cloud is right for you, speak to the trusted technology specialists at Correct Solutions and let us help you assess whether you are cloud ready.