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Cloud Computing : “To Which Cloud?”

Cloud Computing : “To Which Cloud?”

“To the cloud” has become a well-known cloud computing catchphrase. It’s popular due to advertising campaigns launched by Microsoft, but also because it challenges the user to think of the cloud first and traditional storage second.

3 main concerns that users have about cloud computing security are:

  1. “How do I know that my information is secure?”
  2. “Who owns what’s in the cloud?”
  3. “Will the service be reliable?”

Recent outages at Amazon Web Services left Netflix, Reddit, and Foursquare without services for about an hour, confirming that users’  reliability concerns are legitimate.

When you’re familiar with accessing information from a physical location you own, it’s difficult to feel comfortable handing over the keys to another provider. However, many companies are making well-informed decisions to use cloud computing because of its efficiency and ability to increase the mobility of data.

3 leading, widely used, cloud computing options today are:

  1. Physical
  2. Virtual
  3. Physical/Virtual hybrid

In our use of the cloud, we’re finding that it’s hard to compare apples to oranges. When evaluating each of the above options, you’ll need to consider whether you’d like to be single-tenant or multi-tenant. The cloud computing offerings available also vary in price, features, and benefits.

Whether clients want more information about the differences between these cloud computing solutions, or their associated pricing differences, we’re their go-to subject matter expert. Our clients continually look to us to help them define their next generation solution.

Stay tuned for more fundamental terminology that will assist in your selection of a cloud computing venture for your business. In this case, “To the right cloud,” may be the hottest destination around.

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