How many times have you heard people speak about their systems being cloud based? The concept of cloud computing has become one of high focus because there are many benefits involved – both for the service providers and for the consumers. But as with anything there are risks and a downside involved as well and it is important to understand this concept. Your online cloud could either have a silver lining or the ominous approach of a thunderstorm.
Simply put, cloud computing is about storing and accessing data and programs over the internet, rather than via your computer’s hard drive. When you store data on your computer’s hard drive, this is known as local storage. It’s a quick and easy way to access your data, and this is how we’ve operated for decades.
However, if your premises are damaged by flood or fire, your data and vital documents will be gone for good. Safekeeping that data off site, in the cloud, means that your data is accessible, no matter what physically happens to your office.
Examples of cloud computing include Google Drive, Amazon Cloud Drive and Apple iCloud. On the down side, outages could potentially affect these services, and this recently occurred. It can also become exceedingly pricy to access your data and retrieve it from the cloud when you’re paying bandwidth fees. Yet another aspect that has arisen around cloud computing is the issue of security. How secure is your data when you entrust it to a global-footprint company that everyone uses?
It is definitely worth while considering a local company with a credible track record, that provides automatic, regular backup. A company that supports various platforms, e.g. Windows, Linux, Mac OS and so on. One that offers local support, using South African-hosted servers.
Other aspects to consider are replication to multiple locations, a simple recovery and restoration process and flexible scheduling for data backup. Data encryption is vital, and should preferably be military grade for optimal security.
RMD Technology is perfectly positioned to offer you all of the above, as well as to courier a drive to you for your initial full backup, for optimal convenience. Would you like us to discuss our cloud computing options with you? Feel free to contact Russell Davis on 011 026 3115, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.