Excellent post. My BIG issue is one mentioned by several comments already--security. Each year we lose millions, maybe billions, of dollars as a result of theft by a variety of entities, commercial, industrial, political etc etc. China has and is stealing billions from US companies due to loss of intellectual property. NSA is in the act, not because of terrorism but because they CAN--simply put. The cloud would be a marvelous convenience for most honest companies doing business in an honest manner. We don't live in that world.
Ah this story bring back memmorys of our old VAX computer network.
Now my comment their is a definite place for the cloud but users looking to switch must be warey not only of the often mentioned security issue.
- Small companies atleast the 3 I have worked for and the 1 I own often have such limited bandwidth that we need to group up to watch webinars just so we do not hog the entire net bandwidth. Those in a large corporate structure may not have this problem but under 100 person companies definitely do.
- Mobility, I am an engineer but service in the field is part of this task that is why the laptop has always been either my only PC or a strong portion of my PC power. No Cloud will replace this as when servicing equipment in some dark hole of a plant you never know what you will have for connection, normally nothing.
- Uptime, Again may be a small co. thing but until the internet is fast and without glitch i find it best to work local. I do not even work of networks storage as to often it is running slow or down. Run local and have a backup script run each night again the best of both worlds.
No where does any article about cloud computing discuss the cost of the internet connection. More and more cloud computing means larger and larger pipelines to feed the need. Data limits are common for mobile users and for home users. Increasing those limits can get costly very quickly.
Most organizations move to cloud technology - it is cost effective and offers numerous other benefits such as ubiquitous access, however organizations should also be wary of the security risks of moving to the cloud, I work for McGladrey and there's a whitepaper on cloud computing that will interest a few readers it weighs the risks of moving to the cloud against the many benefits of the cloud. @ "Cloud risks striking a balance between savings and security" http://bit.ly/16uLsgi
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