There still seems to be a bit of mystery surrounding Cloud technology. The thought of your most important, proprietary, and confidential information swirling around in cyber-space makes every reasonable person stop and think – is data really safe in the Cloud or is this concern just hype to protect IT jobs?
While data security remains the number one concern that prevents companies from looking into Cloud services, infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is the fastest growing Cloud offering. Statistics are showing that Cloud systems continue to gain favor even as the debate about security remains strong. These ideas seem to contradict each other, but there’s a reason for that and it has to do mostly with business size and their IT resources.
Small and medium sized businesses don’t often have the money to invest greatly in healthy datacenters or the IT experts needed to maintain the servers, hardware, and the business applications. Cloud services, including IaaS and software as a service (SaaS), offer a very inexpensive way for small businesses on budgets to use innovative enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions, such as Epicor® ERP, within datacenters hosted by a software provider. On the other hand, larger businesses have likely invested heavily in the hardware and experienced IT experts. They have put security measures in place that they can control, to protect their on-premise data. While larger businesses may extend certain applications to SaaS, they hesitate to put confidential information in the mysterious Cloud, for fear of hackers or data leaks.
No matter where your data is located, whether on-premise or in the Cloud, it is constantly subject to misconfiguration mistakes and dedicated hackers. Cloud providers, just like the experienced IT experts at enterprise corporations, also strive to be on top of the latest security features. Both work on protecting data privacy, maintaining the datacenters, and incorporating new ways to ward off hackers. Either your IT department or your Cloud provider is responsible for implementing the latest forms of security features.
The question comes down to who has the best resources and experience with protecting critical business data in the Cloud. Small and medium sized businesses can discuss security concerns with Cloud providers who will have contractual obligations to protect their customer’s data. Larger businesses can also work with a Cloud provider to provide the same services, freeing up their IT experts to focus on other important issues. Contact RAM Software Systems to discuss Cloud security concerns and other ways to protect your business data.
By RAM Software Systems, Epicor ERP partner out of Texas