Cloud technology has come a long way over the years. It can be a real game-changer for many businesses in how to store and keep data safe. Therefore, it is rapidly increasing in the workforce. In fact, Forbes "State Of Enterprise Cloud Computing" reported that
- 77% of businesses have at least one application or a portion of their enterprise computing infrastructure in the cloud.
- Enterprises predict they’ll invest on average $3.5M on cloud apps, platforms, and services this year.
- More technology-dependent industries including manufacturing, high-tech, and telecom are being led by executive management to become 100% cloud.
Cloud computing is the way of the future and this is why.
To begin with, cloud service providers (CSPs) benefit from economies of scale. CSPs can maintain tens and sometimes, even thousands of servers. They additionally hire technicians who specialize in every subset of cloud technology.
A business that is relying on local copies of data and software (in place of cloud security) can unfortunately, provide a shaky foundation for their network. This is because IT support may be forced to spread themselves too thin across a variety of different technologies. This could look like one or two in-house tech support employees unable to gain an expertise in one service or solution, without having to sacrifice others. For example, with a focus on just cyber security, the quality of hardware maintenance and help desk service will then go down.
Cloud computing enables businesses to be less vulnerable. When all aspects of your business’s IT are in one place, technology is more susceptible to cyber incidents.
For instance, an employee downloading files on a workstation server could put the company at risk for malware-infested files. The vulnerability of a business increases with the amount of employees who haven't been properly trained in cyber security. The chances of one of them leaving a server room unlocked or unsecured becomes much more likely.
The main point is that CSPs exist solely to provide their clients with cloud services. Therefore, there are no untrained employees and much fewer access points to the network. This creates a safer and stronger network environment for any enterprise.
There is nowhere as easy to achieve data redundancy as in the cloud. The same technology that allows you to access data from anywhere in the world, also allows you to create a barrier between your local network and your data backups. Most modern iterations of malware are programmed to aggressively replicate themselves. The best way to combat this is by storing backups in the cloud. In the cyber security world, this is commonly referred to as data redundancy.
And that's not all. Cloud security doesn't only keep your data safe from the spread of malware; it also secures it from natural and man-made disasters. If disaster were to strike, employees will still have access to cloud-stored data, even if local workstations or servers go down.
Cloud security however, is not the only feature that has become more sophisticated. Other features worth noting include: customized software, platforms, and half a dozen other services that can now be delivered via the cloud.
Learn more about cloud security and cloud computing options for your specific business by calling Cavu Networks today!