As organizations continue to search for ways to improve their data protection capabilities, one emerging solution that may prove effective and affordable is cloud computing.
Traditionally, security in the cloud has been a source of controversy and is often cited as one of the primary obstacles blocking widespread adoption. However, according to a recent PCWorld report, with cloud computing – particularly hosted storage services – organizations can keep their data safe without breaking the bank.
According to the news provider, online backup is an effective way to store a wealth of information safely. Because the data is stored in a remote location, it is safe from many of the same natural and man-made disasters that may affect an organization's office.
This notion has been highlighted by recent natural disasters, such as the tornadoes in the Midwestern United States and earthquake in Japan. Companies that utilize online backup are generally able to recover critical business data more quickly than those that rely on other storage solutions, such as tapes and USB memory sticks.
Writing for the Forbes blog, Microsoft's Wayne Rash recently echoed the notion expressed by PCWorld. However, Rash added that it is important that organizations research their cloud vendor's data center before signing up for services.
"It’s … important to examine whether the cloud vendor’s data centers are themselves safe from natural disasters, man-made disasters and terrorism," Rash wrote. "Do they have multiple reliable sources of power? Do those data centers have the level of physical security necessary to protect your data?"
Many organizations are apparently buying into the hype of the cloud and the potential benefits it can offer. According to a recent report from WaveLength Market Analytics and Winn Technology Group, 58 percent of polled medium and large companies have already or are planning to use the cloud. Of those already in the cloud, half reported they were satisfied with their solutions.