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Wednesday, 29 June 2011 12:03

Most users hazy about the cloud

Written by Nick Farell

What is the point?
Most users are hazy when it comes to the benefits of Cloud Computing according to a new survey carried out by hosted IT service provider Rise.

Apparently more than 91 per cent of businesses strongly feel more needs to be done to educate end-users about the business benefits of adopting a Cloud infrastructure. Most of the firms asked about Cloud were concerned about where their data is being stored, with 64 per cent of surveyed participants identifying this as a key problem with the technology.

There were also fears around security and potential loss of data. But more than half can't see any business benefits for the technology.

According to Steve Holford, a director at Rise, one of the biggest barriers to Cloud uptake is lack of education. He said that a lot of firms, Cloud uptake still remains something to be approached with caution.

Nick Farell

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+18 #1 Warhead 2011-06-29 12:49
Cloud always brings rain so it cannot be a good thing...
+27 #2 JAB Creations 2011-06-29 12:53
Here is some education...

Cloud applications: yes.
Cloud files: no.

Imagine all of your personal files in someone else's computer and then imagine being told, "No." You've now lost access to all of your files regardless of whether they are legitimately yours or not.

Cloud applications and things such as Firefox's sync are fine subjective to your privacy concerns so long as you keep local copies. The moment you put your content entirely on someone else's computer and make a legal license agreement is the moment you can lose everything.
-5 #3 milkod2001 2011-06-29 13:48
[quote name="JAB Creations"]Imagine all of your personal files in someone else's computer and then imagine being told, "No." it's not stored just in someone else's computer so there's no way someone will restrict access to your data, but I personnaly would never put really important data on cloud maybe some pics from holiday to have online backup but nothing else.
+14 #4 fingerbob69 2011-06-29 14:00
Ofcourse a cloud service can restrict your access to your data.

You upload your data to the cloud, you pay a subscription for the service, your data becomes their data (Apple iCloud rinsed mp3s anyone?) and if you don't pay your subscription ...access denied!
+14 #5 dicobalt 2011-06-29 15:11
People worked for many years to kill off mainframes. Now that they are gone some people want to bring them back. It's so stupid.
+3 #6 dineaudio 2011-06-30 04:35
Even though your data isn't stored on the cloud, it passes through the application on the cloud. There's simply no way I would trust this, and I simply can't see any reason to use an application on the cloud. I mean why? I have all that I need and it works perfectly for me. [I'm into audio] Those people who find it useful, well - use it. :)
+6 #7 chyll2 2011-06-30 05:02
Cloud Storage = why would I pay for a subscription if I can buy a portable HDD and save a lot of money in the long term.

Cloud Computing = maybe useful for personaly use, but I doubt business users who value security will use it.
0 #8 thematrix606 2011-06-30 18:51
I'm sorry, but most users do not even know what 'the cloud' is... and most of the commentators don't either it seems.

Hotmail, gmail, facebook, mysapce... all of these are cloud based services. You USE the cloud all the time, to the poster on cloud files, all your hotmails are already cloud files.

The cloud works so well in our daily lives, you don't even think about it.

It's just that not every side of the cloud has been exploited yet (like mass storage, gaming, thin clients, etc).

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