The cloud computing leap of faith

Making a move to the cloud can seem daunting at first but it's a no-brainer once you factor in the benefits. The trick is to make sure you cover all your bases.

In some ways shifting from on-premise to cloud computing requires a leap of faith.  The former involves physical IT equipment located on your site.  You can see, touch and feel it whereas in a cloud environment, the really grunty hardware and software is nowhere to be seen.  Although still  running your essential business applications, the servers, the backups and the applications are managed by a third party and could be housed anywhere in the world.
 
Because the infrastructure is no longer under your roof or directly under your control, cloud computing raises many questions about systems performance, data ownership, management and responsibility. If you can't see the system, how can you be sure you're getting what you pay for?  How secure is the data? What happens in the event of a crash? Fortunately it's a model that has been evolving for some time now and many of these questions have been resolved in practice.
 
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