Cloud computing is often hailed as a solution for reducing capital expenses and consolidating operational expenses into a predictable monthly fee. But while there’s no denying the benefits of scalability and cost control the cloud brings, many organizations spend more than they need to. This is often due to unnecessary complexity and the fact that many companies use far more apps, systems, and services than they should. [...]
The COVID-19 pandemic forced a mass exodus from corporate offices, prompting a surge in the number of work from home staff who rely on the cloud to remain productive. This sudden shift in operations introduces many challenges to IT departments, especially with regard to data security. Let’s take a look at some of them. [...]
Much like how plants rely on root fungi for mineral uptake and bees for pollination, businesses form mutually beneficial relationships to drive growth. One such relationship is outsourcing — and using the cloud is a prime example of this. When you utilize cloud resources, you rely on a cloud services provider (CSP) for IT resources and services instead of on your own machines and manpower.
Such a dramatic shift in operations requires business owners and managers to rethink the way they operate. [...]
The more complex a system is, the more ways it has of failing. Let’s look at an automobile: if a tire blows out while it’s going fast, then the car can spin out of control and crash. The same tragic outcome could happen if the brakes fail. And when a vehicle has a drained battery or fuel tank, it would become an oversized paperweight. [...]
While other countries have dramatically reduced the spread of COVID-19 in their respective territories, the United States has yet to do the same. And as disagreements about reopening schools for in-person classes have flared up between federal and state governments, some businesses continue to implement remote work policies to help their staff avoid the contagion. [...]
The conveniences that cloud computing brings to businesses make it the tech du jour of many industries, such as manufacturing, healthcare, financial services, construction, and education. And as COVID-19 forces people to practice social distancing, the cloud is instrumental in letting employees work remotely.
However, cloud computing is not without its challenges. Thanks to governments becoming more protective of their citizens’ privacy and security, cloud security compliance has become one of the biggest challenges that organizations face. [...]