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The Benefits of Cloud-based Software

Cloud-based technology seems to be taking over the world one mega-company at a time, with Google joining Microsoft, IBM and Amazon in the cloud computing battle.

And it's no surprise really, when there are so many benefits to cloud computing. Things like a reduction in capital costs, an immediately globalised workforce for staff anywhere with an internet connection, streamlined processes, and improved accessibility all count as a one big plus for businesses.

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So let's say your government turns off the internet.

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What's your backup plan for that? It has happened and my bet is you want your competitors to get to the cloud while you have your own system that doesn't rely on the whims of your ISP or government.

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Cloud security

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It's definitely an interesting trend to take a look towards (the push towards the cloud). It's interesting to note the ever increasing sense of security now that a lot of systems are "open" on the cloud. While many do have encryption in place, are these benefits of cloud technology outweighing the potential risks?

I'm more so referring to the whole NSA debacle last year with Edward Snowden. He recently spoke at SSXW and talked exclusively about security in the cloud. It opens the door for wondering just how safe your information is when it's hosted on the cloud, especially when you have stories in the news like the Target data breach.

This study in particular surveyed professionals in the IT field, which found that half of IT professionals reported the NSA story affected their likelihood to recommend cloud hosting, although not really the type of impact to hinder the increasing cloud adoption rates. Does this mean that in time, increased security for these options will become the norm?

Post was last edited on May 20, 2017 1:13 AM PDT

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