The Cloud need not rain on your parade

I was introduced to the Cloud with my first iPhone and Apple iTunes’s terrible interface. Every time I connected my iPod to my computer, I’d get the infamous message: Would you like to sync your iPod with iCloud? As a technology nut, I dove in head first. Big mistake, since I had no idea how to access the mythical iCloud or where my files ended up. Worse yet, everything automatically synchronized all the time, like it or not. This was such a problem for so many people that it inspired the movie “Sex tape”, with Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel. While the Cloud has undoubtably gained in popularity, in 2016, only 10% of data world-wide was hosted on it, with the current leader in Cloud hosting being Amazon Web Service (AWS). As you can see, the Cloud still has a lot of work to do to win over companies and individuals…

What is the Cloud?

“Cloud computing is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.”

(Source: National Institute of Standards and Technology)

A shower of advantages

The Cloud allows companies to slash their technological infrastructure budget. It provides easy access to information at a minimal, controlled cost. And the Cloud is always technologically up-to-date, releasing companies from the need to replace old and obsolete equipment.

But is the Cloud secure? The short answer is “Yes”. Take the Microsoft Azure Cloud. Microsoft’s Cloud is security-certified 6 times over. Companies that store data on Microsoft’s Cloud are assured of its confidentiality and keep full ownership of it. Microsoft has invested heavily to set up its servers near major cities all over the world. In fact, Microsoft has a server location right here in Montreal.

To sum up: the Cloud allows companies to save on operating costs, while securing data and providing centralized access to it. Don’t wait until you start having issues with your ageing server farm. Delaying adoption means running pointless risks for growing companies.

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