Cloud computing enables users to access software applications, hardware, data and computer-processing power over the web, rather than loading software onto your organization’s server or your personal computer. Sometimes called software-as-a-service, hosted services or utility computing.
At first glance, this is great! You will not have to download software to your computer, you will make less hardware purchases and you will have support personnel to make sure everything runs smoothly.
There are some concerns you should have about the Cloud.
If you store data via the cloud, it will be online and no longer controlled by your organization.
Who secures this proprietary and sensitive data?
Who owns the intellectual property when you post something to the Cloud?
Are all of the applications that you use running on the cloud?
Look for the Cloud to pop up everywhere. I saw the terminology and technology used on a Christmas commercial. Brace yourself, it’s coming.