Cloud computing is more than just a buzzword – it’s something that is transforming the IT industry; but often those talking about it most seem to be those with something to sell. That means for people who aren’t able to cut through the marketing talk can often be left baffled as to the real value of the cloud.
So with that in mind, here are the opinions of three tech experts who aren’t giving you the hard sell.
Matt Cutts, Google’s anti-webspam king, couldn’t have been more unequivocal about his appreciation of cloud services when he wrote a blog post entitled “Why cloud services rock”.
Slightly paradoxically, Cutts’ short testimonial about the power of the cloud was inspired by the fact he hadn’t actually embraced it.
While he was on vacation, his personal website experienced two problems – the first a security issue with WordPress and the second a power outage which caused no end of trouble with his network.
He concluded that had he entrusted his data to the cloud, then both of these issues could have been avoided.
As Cutts put it: “I went on vacation for a week and came back to two scary reminders why hosted services and storing data in the cloud (on someone else’s servers) can be better than doing it yourself.”
As founder of storage analysis firm the Taneja Group, you’d expect Arun Tanjea to know a thing or two about what the cloud has to offer.
So when he explains that its ability to offer disaster recovery-type services as standard, you can be sure he knows what he’s talking about.
“You automatically get DR-type capability because you are, by definition, going off your premises. You don’t need your second site. You don’t need a DR site. You don’t need a second office location,” he said.
The benefits for small firms then are clear – cloud services can offer an alternative to traditional disaster recovery at a price which is potentially much more attractive.
Cloud of Data consultancy bod Paul Miller doesn’t quite live in the cloud, but he makes extensive use of it. A range of products mean he can access his files on the go without the need to carry memory sticks around everywhere.
“On one level, mainstays of my working day like Evernote, Reeder and Dropbox exist to ensure that the content I want is available on whichever device I’m using, whenever I need it,” he explained on his blog.
Not only does this allow him to work wherever he needs to, he can also use a variety of devices, whether it’s a mobile, laptop or tablet.
However, Paul also sounds a note of caution pointing out that cloud-only devices such as the Chromebook probably aren’t ready for mainstream adaptation as the overall experience they offer isn’t up to scratch yet.
So there you have it, three experts extolling the virtues of the cloud when they have nothing to gain by doing so.
All three, in their own way, make a strong argument for at least investigating what the cloud has to offer your company. You don’t have to listen, but if you don’t you could be missing out.