What is the Cloud?
Many people use the cloud, but don't exactly understand how it works. It's intangible, and your files show up wherever and whenever you need them. However, the cloud has evolved to not only provide cloud storage, but combined computing resources as well as cloud-based security. But is it truly effective and efficient?
Pros and Cons
With the cloud, organizations can have ready access to files that would have otherwise been inaccessible except through a secure VPN connection or being physically at the office. Instead of having your colleagues email your sensitive files over a potentially unencrypted network just to have them, organizations may now connect securely to the cloud and "pull down" the necessary files. The same applies to cloud based email services such as Microsoft Office 365.
In the same regard, cloud-based security has also made strides in the industry. Cloud-oriented databases can be constantly updated, allowing users to have live access to the most up-to-date databases of virus signatures.
Furthermore, organizations with a cloud backup can breathe a little easier knowing that in the event of a total system failure on their end, they can move to any other location with a strong internet connection and pick up their files where they left off.
As with all forms of convenience, the cloud also presents situations which may compromise the integrity of any organization's privacy.
Especially with services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) or even Google Drive, your files are stored in an environment that is not under your direct control. Despite the fact that this ensures that you have double, triple or even quadruple redundancies, the saying that once it's in the cloud, it's forever there, remains true. Also, who's to say that the people who maintain the cloud server farms aren't stealing information? Or even if one of those farms were to halt and catch fire?
Also, a cloud backup is still a backup that isn't in your direct control. In the event that you need to pull a massive amount of files down, it could take hours if not days.
While many Managed Service Providers (MSPs) have converted their services fully over to the cloud and rely primarily on remote management, we believe that the cloud presents a convenient solution that may contribute as a secondary or even tertiary backup solution, but never as a primary.
Our services are designed with security in mind and combined with in-person maintenance. This approach gives us a significant advantage over that of any other MSP or cyber security firm as it allows us to maintain a regular presence within your network to ensure that any new threats are addressed proactively and immediately.
Whether you're a small business or work in a multi-million dollar industry, if you have clients or employees, you need to consider your network security before you experience a security threat. No matter where your organization stands technologically, it never hurts to have an unbiased opinion on your current networking and data standings.
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