Cloud backup, recovery and other cloud based infrastructures are growing, developing and transforming computing tasks in unprecedented ways, and service providers are focusing intensely on creating cost advantages for their business and that of their clients.  The market prediction is that a large number of enterprises will be using private and hybrid clouds for data storage, application availability, business continuity and disaster recovery. Public cloud infrastructures may be used by small and medium enterprises for expanded reach and reduced capital costs.

Computing legislation has become tougher as data security and protection laws have been tightened. Better ways of inspecting and auditing information management have emerged and enterprises that have not migrated to the cloud are hard put to find the resources required to meet the demands of these legal mandates. Cloud service providers have risen up to the challenge with competitive fervor and have ensured that compliance to extant security and protection laws is a part of their unique selling proposition (USP). Cryptographic algorithms are being submitted to third party certification authorities and data repositories are compulsively protected from hackers and unauthorized entities with a passion born of the conviction that data breaches will impact their very survival and they must guard against it at all costs.

As a result, hanging on to your servers, physical devices and software, just because you do not trust your data with third party storage vendors, may not be such a good idea anymore.  Trust is the last excuse to hug your servers. The better idea would be to advantage your enterprise with the power of the cloud and to ensure that you continue to have the control and visibility over your data even while you trust the third party service provider you have selected to do their best for you.

Remember the cloud cannot be wished away or ignored. It is becoming ubiquitous and small and large enterprises that have joined the race to the cloud are doing very well for themselves. High availability, scalability, security and cost savings are instantly available to them. Those who are yet to take up the challenge may find that they have lost any vital competitive edge they had and they have been left behind in a market that has suddenly become global.