“My company’s data is much too sensitive to be stored in the cloud.”
That’s probably the most common justification you’ll hear for not considering switching from applications run in the corporate data center to ones managed by a service provider and run in the cloud. The implication is that if you move your data to cloud storage, you will lose control over it and it will therefore be less secure.
Yet the potential benefits of cloud computing are well known — they include
* Lower capital outlays
* Fixed, known monthly costs
* Low management overhead
* Immediate access to technology
It would be wrong to say all organizations should move all their computing tasks to the cloud, but it’s almost certainly the case that many organizations could profit from the benefits described above — if the security risk, real or perceived, could be reduced.