To Cloud or not to Cloud?

Nov 2009
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To Cloud or not to Cloud?

 

Is the future cloud-y?

Before you can answer that question, you might first want to figure out what the “cloud” means. This phrase, as many before it in the technology industry, has been altered and redefined many times. According to the NIST definition of cloud computing, it is the basic premise of a computing model. Specifically, the “cloud” allows for servers, networks, applications and other data center products to be made available via the internet.

You may have noticed, there’s a lot of buzz lately about cloud computing. I just did a quick search for “cloud computing” on socialmention.com and found that on average, someone talks about “cloud computing” once every 3 minutes!

Likewise, Managed Service Providers have actually been Cloud-y long before the catch phrase caught on. As businesses that are growing embrace the “pay as you grow” model, cloud services, specifically backup and recovery, are growing fast and furious.

So why provide cloud backup services?

As companies try to manage data while complying with a vast array of federal, state and industry regulations, it has become a nightmare. IT managers lose sleep wondering if they are going to pass a DR readiness test; SOX compliance, secure data from loss, theft, and destruction. As well as trying to manage storage growth, servers and infrastructure. For example, if you are in the medical field there is HIPPA to contend with. Incidentally, if you are in a state such as Massachusetts, are you prepared to protect all personal, credit card and customer data in an encrypted format? Furthermore, if you are in the legal field, data’s life expectancy is eternal. Where does a business place data safely for long term retention? All the answers to these questions lie in the Cloud ready environment!

What triggers adoption?

Having been in the industry as long as I have and having heard hundreds of stories around disastrous recoveries, it pains me to see yet another company go through the same cycle. It’s sad but it’s true. For most companies, when the sleep is lost, the budget is cut, or a breach occurs, cloud backup services become a lot more lucrative. Many turn to Managed Service Providers who can offer protection, security, DR and Business Continuity. All things considered it gives business and technology users a peace of mind. This is why the answer to Cloud is yes! Low cost and highly secure managed service that allows companies to “pay as they grow” while reducing costs, headaches and increasing productivity. Overall, working in the Cloud allows companies to focus resources on projects that truly matter. Cloud backup and DR will only continue to develop as the concept becomes a commonality.

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