Sydney, Nova Scotia: August 2016
Cloud computing is receiving a great deal of attention in the world of technology and has sparked a significant amount of debate as to whether or not it is a suitable solution for businesses.
While there is no simple answer as to whether or not a business should move to the cloud we have put together a few links that provide some insight. As a company that provides either cloud or on-premise solutions, we can see both the benefits and challenges. However, security does indeed remain a significant risk factor despite industry experts stating that the the level of security far exceeds any on-premise implementation. IT administrators of on-premises systems could only dream about the security solutions cloud systems possess. While these statements may be true, the fact also remains that there are many more external threats facing cloud providers.
In our 25 years in the IT business we have seen many solution providers, both locally and abroad quickly adopt new and emerging technologies based on the “cool” factor and sheer convenience. We have also witnessed many of these early adopters feel the pain of system failure and utter client frustration. The truth is we all have felt that pain at some one time or another but fortunately for us, our many installations have for the most part been quite successful. We attribute these successes to letting the industry manufacturers run their beta tests, pilot projects, big business installs, and improvements to the original designs. Remember when WiFi became mainstream. That was not too long ago and speed, weak security and reliability issues were all significant ones that needed to be addressed.
When talking about being online, we have learned that tech giants, government agencies and big box stores are not immune to security compromises and extended downtime. We are certainly not saying that cloud computing is a bad idea, but merely pointing out that it is a decision that should not be taken lightly.