Ask any Cloud user and the myths surrounding the Cloud will be exploded. Cloud migration does not isolate data and make access difficult. In fact, it does quite the opposite.
Today, businesses are data driven and hedged around with innumerable legal mandates on holding and managing digital assets—especially customer information of a private nature—that demand compliance. No business can afford to have its data made inaccessible. Those who have migrated to the Cloud are not gullible and have not sacrificed their business interests on any kind of whim. They have seen the benefits of migrating to the Cloud and have taken on the challenge to make their business competitive and successful.
Various kinds of surveys on Cloud adoption reveal that increasing trend to adopt the Cloud for reasons of high availability and instant accessibility. This is in strong contrast to on-premise siloed computing scenarios, where all data remains behind firewalls and is almost inaccessible to the mobile or remote user.
Modern day businesses want information to be available 24×7, and in real time. The Cloud appears to be the way to go for more than 75% of the respondents who participated in these surveys. The CIOs of the participating companies consider their efforts successful because the Cloud allows data to be consolidated. It offers greater on-demand and search access from all kinds of computing devices. E-discovery is streamlined, and “legal-hold” is facilitated.
Since the Cloud is scalable on demand, it provides greater flexibility and agility to the enterprise and data can be uploaded without regard to the volume from anywhere, anytime, and from any device. Support personnel find it easier to communicate and address customer grievances instantly.
The bottom line is that Cloud adoption makes data accessibility reliable, secure, simple, and painless. It does not isolate data. It prevents unauthorized access and implements policy driven access. It ensures data integrity, availability, and reliability. It secures the digital assets against disaster by replicating data and provisioning for failover servers. It supports enterprise defined recovery time objectives (RTO) and recovery point objectives (RPO) and creates connections within the enterprise that were never possible before. All this makes for competitive advantage in an age when data drives business.