Building a Technology Infrastructure in the Cloud

There are some technology terms nearly everyone recognizes, like cloud computing, smart phones, and online commerce. These have had a widespread impact on the way companies do business, whether a one employee shop or a Fortune 500 corporation. A lot of these technologies are invitingly inexpensive, simple to use, and so accessible that business owners may be tempted to jump at the opportunity to invest in them without truly understanding their impact.

Small businesses are especially at-risk when rapidly adopting new technology. Molly Day, the Vice President of the National Small Business Association (NSBA.biz), voiced concerns over the lack of appropriate legislations and protections for small business owners seeking to take advantage of technology like cloud and mobile computing. Technology has evolved faster than legislation that regulates it. This presents some dangerous consequences for companies unaware of the risks.

Cloud computing, technology that allows businesses to host their data, applications, and software on servers and networks owned by a third party, is accessible, simple to setup, and inexpensive. The appeal makes it easy to overlook potentially negative aspects like computing resources being shared with other entities, data storage located in a country with different rules and regulations, questions about data ownership, risk of cyber attack or accidental data loss, and lack of support.

In 2016, 73% of companies interviewed for the Ponemon Institute survey on cloud computing said cloud computing was essential to at least a portion of their business. 70% of them went on to state it is more difficult to ensure data security in the cloud and 53% indicated it is more difficult to manage user access to information stored in the cloud.

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Should companies avoid these risks by not using technology like cloud computing?

As with any technology, risk is mitigated through expertise and vigilance. People would not knowingly enter a building that has been constructed without the knowledge and experience to make it safe. The way a business constructs its technology infrastructure is no different. Many technologies are so new that few educational programs exist to support them and experts come at a premium price.

Unfortunately, companies offering cloud-based services are often reluctant to provide important details up front. This is where an managed IT solutions provider can be an invaluable asset. Leveraging the knowledge that comes from managing multiple companies’ data and software and having access to IT resources with the needed expertise makes these solutions providers a smart choice for many companies. In addition, managed IT solutions providers receive better pricing on cloud storage as they utilize a much larger technology offering than a single company.

Modern Data Inc. provides customers with experienced cloud computing management and data storage expertise. This includes in depth knowledge of the legal requirements of utilizing third party storage, working with trusted vendors, and safeguarding information ownership rights. Modern Data is also able to help companies decide if cloud computing is a solution that would be effective for them. After performing a thorough network assessment to determine existing resource usage, Modern Data creates an overview of the current infrastructure as well as suggested changes and recommendations. Modern Data has the resources to assist companies in creating a stable foundation for their technology infrastructure, ensuring appropriate and safe utilization and management. Reach out to Modern Data at 1.855.MODERNDATA (1.855.663.3763) or email at info@moderndata.com. Find out how they can best help you reach your business IT services goals.

 

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