What are the strengths and weakness of Cloud computing? Strangely, the Cloud’s greatest strength is its greatest weakness! The Internet has no centralized governance. There is no one who is responsible for the Internet, no one who can make its rules. The Lion and the goat drink at the same pond and often the Lion gets the goat–if the goat is not careful enough or nimble enough.

Cloud services that ride the Internet inherit both the strengths and weaknesses of the Internet.  They must cash in on the strengths and guard against the weaknesses.

The greatest strength of the Internet is–its flexibility and availability. It is ubiquitous and can be used to access/recover information from any server or system, however remotely located. Cloud services exploit this feature and offer storage services that can be accessed from anywhere in world, using any kind of device, any time of the day or night. Additionally, resources can be added on “demand”. Data can be “mirrored / replicated” redundantly into multiple servers for high availability to create a client server environment, and extend the reach of an organization across the globe.

But, as stated earlier, the Internet is an amorphous collection of servers and systems talking to each other over an open connection. There is no central control. There is almost no policing, no one out there who can make rules and will be listened to. You have to rely on your own set of tools to counter the activities of the botnet and distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks or you will have to team up with your service providers to ensure that you are adequately protected. You will have to find the strength in unity.

Cloud backup service providers are conscious of the vulnerability of the medium they use to deliver their services. Their very existence in the market is threatened. They must make every effort to fight the menace and give assurance of uninterrupted, impregnable service. They use a number of developed and developing technologies to fight the rising tide of increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks.  Complicated “at source” encryption algorithms that are third party tested and elaborate user–defined encryption keys are a part of their armory. The elaborate, policy driven user management systems with complex hierarchical layering capabilities make for greater data / application and information security for their customers.

Public, Private and Hybrid Cloud offerings help users segregate critical and non-critical data and ensure that mission-critical information is never accessible without proper authentication and authorization. That is their strength.

Why not make your data secure by signing up for a tested and true Cloud backup service?