By Davey Winder, 19 Dec 2012
The cloud is about more than just data storage and 'anytime/anywhere' file access. It's also increasingly being used as an enterprise disaster recovery tool.
The question is, though, can you really trust the cloud in a crisis?
The cloud is not, despite the claims of many who should know better, anything new
. As a concept it has been around for what seems like forever, and some of us have been quite happily using what are referred to as 'in the cloud' applications for many, many years now.
However, like any technology which finds itself thrust into the business and media limelight, the cloud has become both a nay saying punching bag and bringer of budgetary miracles.
Security is at the very top of the punch bag list, with the oft-repeated claim that you cannot trust the cloud with your data. Like many oft-repeated claims, this one is not actually based in fact. Data can be as secure in the cloud as anywhere. Indeed, as with most things, the devil as always is in the detail.
But, with increasing numbers of folk looking for inexpensive and quick to setup disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity systems, perhaps what we should really be asking is if the cloud can be trusted in a crisis.Full blog