2011 Trend Number 4 – The Cloud

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.

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One Response to 2011 Trend Number 4 – The Cloud

  1. jodie_microsoft_smb says:

    It’s understandable that security is a concern when considering a Cloud Computing option, but hard to ignore the benefits of capabilities and cost savings. Microsoft publishes privacy statement and documents so you know how your data is protected. Here’s a link to review the Privacy Statement for Microsoft Online Services when looking at options: http://smb.ms/Outreachaft3Db

    Regards,
    Jodi E.
    Microsoft SMB Outreach Team
    msftoft@microsoft.com

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