The cloud –cheap and hassle-free, or so the marketing hype would have you believe. However, there are serious perils that the cloud can pose.
◦ Critical business data at risk – The main problem with the cloud is the overall security of their data. Putting information into services that are accessible over the public internet means that criminals have a potential gold mine of targets. Read the news to know that there are too many of incidents where cybercriminals have hacked into systems and taken data.
◦ The cloud does not provide easy and quick access to people on the ground if things go wrong. It’s great having access to an online helpdesk, but what if the Wi-Fi has gone down? If you use the cloud, use a local service and people you know and trust to assist you.
Automatic updates enforce change and if you don’t want the update, well, too bad.
◦ Cost-saving benefits disappear as demand grows – Don’t count on it being cheaper unless you can negotiate with a trusted local provider.
◦ Your data is out of reach. When using the cloud, the results can be horrendous. If your network goes down, just try and connect to your big vender in the clouds. Good luck.
◦ If your cloud vendor suffers an outage (and they do), you’re left high and dry. Major outages have hit all the big providers, ranging from Microsoft to Google and Amazon Web Services.
◦ US government can see it all, with the right warrant. The Patriot Act took your privacy. If you want cloud services- again, consider a local company that can respond rapidly and carefully.
◦ Don’t get tied to the cloud. Once a firm has gone down this route, it’s very costly to turn your back on the cloud and bring systems back in-house again. Work with a local and trustworthy vender who will know your business and cares about it.
◦ The cloud could make information, such as sharing links for documents on popular services Dropbox and Box, accessible to unintended third parties. Do you want to take the risk of your tax returns, bank records, mortgage applications, blueprints and business plans available to a stranger?