Over the past few years, there has been a lot of talk and a lot of marketing relating to what is now called “The Cloud.” From personal data backups to remote software access to complete enterprise-wide systems running off-site, The Cloud seems to offer a wealth of possibilities.

 

Or does it?

 

Is all this Cloud stuff really just hype? Does utilizing remote software and data storage really just pose a whole new set of problems and a tremendous lack of control?

 

The reality is that The Cloud and Cloud-based applications have proven themselves to be equal to, and in many cases, superior to on-site solutions that have been the norm for so long.

 

Why is this?

 

For one thing, A Cloud-based solution is often less expensive as compared to a comparable in-house solution. This is true for things as simple as an individual storing all of their digital photos and backing up their home computer onto Carbonite, to large companies porting their entire IT to an off-site, remotely-accessed Cloud solution.

 

In fact, the truth of the matter is that Cloud-based enterprise software solutions are hugely cheaper than hosting all the software, equipment and personnel within the walls of the company.

 

What about security?

 

That’s a big concern for many. The gut feeling is that remote software and data is unsecure. In fact, the opposite is true. Because the applications and data are stored and frequently backed up off-site, there is less internal sabotage, and the Cloud providers such as IBM Cloud revenues, Salesforce, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft online and Google Cloud/Enterprise have developed powerful security systems.

 

It seems that “The Cloud” is here to stay and deserves to. In an age that’s rapidly changing and almost totally reliant on Information Technology, it would appear that a company that ports part or all of its IT to the Cloud has a tremendous advantage in speed, security and cost.