Cloud Computing Concerns
The question we're asked most when we propose a cloud software solution, especially to businesses that have not experienced external hosting is "If my data isn't in the office then it must be less secure?". Not being able to see the physical server the application and data is contained upon often causes concerns over data security, but these fears are unfounded and our response is always the same. Far from being less secure it is actually more secure as the data centres are purpose built, secure and they are run by specialist who understand the technology.
All of our applications are protected using SSL encryption - this is used on all systems that transfer sensitive data over the web. This is the same technology used in internet banking to ensure that the information in a web browser cannot be intercepted or altered when transmitted. Additionally, all data within the Cloud application is passed over a fully secure internal network within the data centre and as such doesn't traverse the public Internet, as do many none Cloud based applications.
Sapere only use RackSpace data-centres, whilst expensive they are one of the best, if not the best, provider of Cloud solutions globally. The Rackspace Cloud offering is built with the highest levels of security and redundancy in place and backups can be taken as and when and stored off-line should they need to be.
In the event of a force majeure cloud servers can be "spun up" in a matter of minutes meaning any potential downtime is limited and as backups are taken constantly no data will be lost.
If you would like your business to benefit from Cloud technology please get in touch for a free and informal chat today.
Why Use The Cloud?
It's an ongoing issue for businesses to match resources to requirements. In the past companies inevitably bought more hardware than they needed to ensure that in peak times they could cope with demand. No business wanted their IT infrastructure to fail because of high usage.
By using Cloud technology its possible to have the resources scale to match the requirements and only pay for what you use. It's a much more sensible model and use of money.
Cloud technology has redundancy built into it. For example, by using cloud storage your files are immediately backed up in multiple locations. By using Cloud databases your databases are backed up automatically. This removes the need for complicated backup strategies or software.
At Sapere we made an active decision to use Cloud technology for most projects years ago. It offers so many advantages over the traditional server based model that it's an immediate advantage to our customers and the lower costs mean that clients can concentrate on building better projects for their businesses.