Despite cloud computing being commonplace, there are still some businesses holding out when it comes to migrating their data to the cloud. In most scenarios like this, a company has objections to the cloud that are preventing them from taking advantage of its many benefits. Are these objections valid? Let’s find out by addressing two of the most common objections to the cloud.
Objection 1: Lack of Control
One of the most common objections is the perceived lack of control that a business would lose by migrating their data to a third-party cloud storage service. This is a understandable, especially if an organization’s data is sensitive in nature, and to be fair, every business possesses data that’s sensitive (financial and payroll records, customer and tax information, etc.).
One reason that a business may equate cloud computing with losing control of their data is due to the limited features provided by the most visible cloud services, like Google Apps and Dropbox. Concerning popular cloud services like these, it’s important to make the distinction that they’re designed for the personal needs of the average consumer, and the average consumer isn’t overly concerned about controls and permissions for their cloud-based data. There are several enterprise-level cloud computing solutions designed to meet the needs of businesses. These solutions include features that provide the business owner with increased control over who accesses their sensitive data.
IronEdge provides cloud computing solutions designed to meet the needs of modern businesses. Additionally, one advantage of the cloud is that it’s a customizable service and can be adjusted to meet the unique data needs of your company. Enterprise-level cloud solutions include features like advanced reporting and monitoring that will assure business owners that the only people accessing their data have clearance to do so.
Objection 2: Data Breach
Another reason why business owners may be hesitant to switch to the cloud is due to reports of data breaches regularly making headlines. You may remember reading about Dropbox experiencing security issues last May, and the Heartbleed virus gave everyone a scare whose sensitive data in the cloud is password protected. There was also the iCloud hack last Fall, where thought-to-be deleted (and very embarrassing) photos of celebrities were compromised. Granted, there’s a small level of risk associated with storing one’s data to the cloud, but there’s also a risk of hackers breaching your company’s in-house network.
One advantage of going with cloud solutions that are designed for businesses is that you don’t have to manage this risk. IronEdge will manage it for you and we have the ability to focus a great deal of our time, energy, and resources to protecting your data because your data’s security is our primary objective. This isn’t necessarily the case with businesses that manage their own in-house I.T. infrastructure, due to the fact that it’s easy for I.T. maintenance to become an afterthought or just another mundane task to be done.
In addition to overseeing the security of your data stored in the cloud, IronEdge will back it up with our BDR solution. In a worst-case scenario like a data breach or a natural disaster, our BDR solution can recover your data so your business won’t skip a beat and only experience minimal amounts of downtime.