By Derek Achterfeldt, President, Corporate Data Solutions Inc., ASCII Group Member Since 2014
It is somewhat safe to say that business owners can be a paranoid bunch (myself included). Often times the responsibilities of owners far exceeds a single job requirement, so it is common to fear potential problems as well as what will be required of them to fix and/or deal with the issue.
In the past, cloud services was one area of paranoia. Owners liked the idea of having their own data in house, with on-premises servers inside the walls of their own buildings. They could “put their arms around” the data and physically see where their critical information resided.
The cloud created a lot of fear for business owners, for they did not know who actually “owned” the data on the cloud. How do they know their cloud provider is not scanning their data and using it to sell to advertisers? What happens to their data if the cloud provider goes out of business, or is acquired by another company? Or what if the provider has a hardware or network outage? What happens if our office Internet connection fails? How can we function as a business if all of the data is hosted somewhere on the Internet and we can’t get to it? If we put our data out on the Internet, anyone can access it … we can get “hacked” or lose information. Finally, what if the cloud is just a passing technology phase, a flash-in–the-pan like many before it?
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