When the term, “Cloud computing,” first appeared on the tech-scape many years ago, most of us looked at the very concept of the Cloud with a bit of skepticism. Realistically, how could you trust your data, the very lifeblood of your organization, to an outsourced, non-hands-on solution?
The price of failure was high. Choosing the wrong partner could lead to catastrophic events. We aren’t talking about a single IT professional losing a job. The price is higher – much higher. A full 60% of companies that lose their data will shut their doors forever within 6 months of a catastrophic data loss. (data source: Continuity Central)
Long before hackers decided to go shopping at Target for consumer data, fears of data theft walked in virtual lockstep with the Cloud.
Times have changed and the Cloud has matured.
We no longer live in the Dark Ages of Cloud computing. As technology has evolved and the role of the Cloud has matured, it’s amazing that there are still naysayers to Cloud-based solutions. From the convenience factor to real-world application, hard-core users of the Cloud know that there is no turning back.
We live in a multi-platform, highly mobile society. Somewhere along the way, the concept of “going to work” migrated from a trip to a remote office to a short walk down the hall to a home office. Ask users of a Cloud-based CRM application about the convenience of data access and you’ll be met with a resounding affirmation that the Cloud is a critical piece of their daily productivity puzzle.
But looking at end-user experiences is akin to thinking there is no iceberg beneath what you see on the surface. Emerging uses for the Cloud include data backup and restoration – another benefit of using a Cloud-based solution for disaster recovery (DR). The logic behind using the Cloud for DR is simple. The process is easier than trying to cobble together data from multiple physical locations and the cost is substantially lower in that IT assets and accompanying overhead are not part of the cost equation. Data restoration is stunningly convenient in a Cloud environment
The supporting arguments continue. Let’s talk about file storage. Cloud solutions can offer organizations the ability to store files with ease and retrieve them from any web connected device. From virtually any location, users have instant data availability. As most service providers offer a cost structure based on usage, you’ll generally pay only for what you use, significantly lowering IT hardware and support costs.
A couple of years ago, traditional consumers were introduced to the Cloud by name. As time passes and the next generation of users grows up using the Cloud, they as well will look back and wonder how we ever lived without it.
About David A. Grant
Technology writer David A. Grant has been watching the tech landscape change and evolve since its inception. Back in the day when RAM wholesaled at a dollar per megabyte, and an 8GB hard drive was considered overkill, David was turning screws in a DEC Alpha Linux shop in southern New Hampshire, grateful that Al Gore had invented the Internet as we know it. He continues to watch and report on industry trends and changes.