Why are Businesses Still to Cash In on Cloud Technology?
Posted on 22 February 2013
Read any technology journal or trends website, and the message from them all is the same when it comes to cloud technology. This is a revolution; it is going to change how we approach every aspect of our lives.
While consumers have embraced the cloud in a number of ways, either by the use of products such as Dropbox and SkyDrive or because services they use, such as iTunes, are hosted by the cloud, businesses have been relatively slow on the uptake.
This is despite almost everyone knowing the benefits that cloud technology can bring, both in terms of the way we can access data easier from more locations and the potential cost savings. Indeed, a report that was published only this week outlined just how many businesses were able to make savings, with over 60% slashing their IT and maintenance costs having moved more services to the cloud. Of these, a quarter enjoyed a boost in bottom line profits owing to their new technology.
Businesses exist to make money, in their most explicit sense, so it appears that those who are not yet using the cloud are turning down the opportunity to make huge savings. After all, saving money is the same as making money when it comes to making the bottom line look healthier. So why are businesses backing away from the opportunity?
There have been a number of cases in recent years of businesses finding that their private space has not actually been private at all. Some had been sold cloud space for data storage and other services, only to find that the unused space had been subsequently sold to another business, meaning that, in theory, someone else could access what was supposed to be private data. Rather than turn businesses away from saving sensitive information on the cloud, many have decided not to bother at all.
A lack of real industry leaders when it comes to supplying cloud space has also been detrimental, as there are so many businesses offering the service it is difficult to know which are the best.
Possibly the biggest factor is that huge concerns still exist over the security the cloud can offer. Worryingly for businesses, this is both in terms of private cloud space, as we mentioned above, and the public cloud.
However, it is not just cloud services who are responsible for this. Many businesses are concerned that employee’s will be able to too readily leave information exposed without realising, and as such would rather wait until there is a ‘foolproof’ system in place so that the likelihood of any mishaps is minimal.
Is It Reliable?
At the moment, businesses are enjoying better reliability than ever before from their servers and data centres. While the cloud has been shown to be generally reliable, there have also been instances where flaws have been exposed and systems can be affected. Until reliability can match that already afforded to businesses, the cost savings available from the cloud will remain a useful, yet not worth risking initiative.
In the coming years, however, all of these concerns will certainly be addressed and dealt with, so that throughout the rest of this decade more businesses move more data onto cloud servers.
Author Bio: This article is written by Jaguar PC, the original leaders in managed VPS hosting, providing the best web-hosting services since 1998.
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