statue against cloudsimage sourceDombrowski, Quinn. "Into the clouds." 04 August 2005. Flickr.

Get Your Piece of the Cloud in 2013

January 9, 2013

It’s a buzzword that won’t die: from the origins of the Internet to the present day, everyone’s crazy about “the cloud.” But it’s fast changing from market hype to market necessity. Why should your business get on board in 2013?

  • Availability: “But now there are myriad devices and the PC is only one of many.... The cloud provides the central hub for all of these devices, as well as context about the user that can be tapped into and shared to make the product or service better.” (Rackspace)
  • Compatibility: “The new Windows 8 platform was designed to work comfortably on both the desktop and the smartphone.... At the same time, enterprise managers have the ability to monitor and govern desktop environments from a central location.” (IT Business Edge)
  • Affordability: “In other words, small organizations get to play on a more level field with much larger organizations—without the hefty expense of investing in state-of-the-art equipment, training and payroll. With cloud services, you only pay for what you use, and at a low and predictable monthly-cost.” (Sherweb)

Got your attention? Good, now let’s move on to how you can get your piece of the cloud in the new year.

At Cii we partner with industry leaders to get our clients great cloud service and support. Whether it’s document sharing, Rackspace web hosting, or cloud applications from Microsoft, we can recommend a solution that fits your needs. We know the ins and outs of these systems, so we can provide quality support and installation assistance to others who are just getting started.

For example, Security Bistro reported just this week that spending on managed cloud services will go up by 19% in the coming year. The biggest hold-up? Uncertainties about how to properly implement security and regulatory compliance in the cloud. As Jim Reavis, executive director of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), remarked in a recent SC Magazine article,

Companies that are using cloud systems are more routinely concerned about where their data is stored, whether it’s moved and if and when it is deleted, as risk management issues become more paramount to them, Reavis says....

“It’s really about mapping your existing needs to a new and different architecture,” he says. “The paradigm shift is that it’s now more of a shared responsibility…and I don’t believe that’s fully understood.” For example, among the many emerging iterations of cloud, the customers might be, in one scenario, responsible for the encryption, while the cloud provider is responsible for the data backup. Relationships can be more complicated and require more “intelligent” collaboration and information-sharing.

That’s where a technology partner like Cii comes in handy. We know how to store sensitive information both remotely and securely. Our IT technicians are properly trained and certified, and we’ll keep your business technology in sync with whatever changes happen on the legal/security cloud front.

Contact us and we’ll make sure your business gets a piece of the cloud in 2013 the right way.