This abstract was originally published as “Companies putting greater faith in the cloud” in Rochester Business Journal by Gino Fanelli
For the average middle-market business, moving to cloud computing offers a slew of advantages. It’s intuitive, easily scaled for business growth without the need for expanding a physical server, flexible and, for the most part, more affordable than running a server of one’s own.
As a result, cloud computing is big business. According to research and advisory firm Gartner Inc., the global computing market was worth $182.4 billion in 2018. By 2022, that number is expected to nearly double to $331.2 billion.
“Today, we are seeing that all of these large companies have trusted the public cloud with at least a portion of their infrastructure,” said Jeff Valentine, chief product officer for Village Gate’s CloudCheckr.
An onsite server powered by a local IT team might have a hole in it that can be hard to find before a breach actually happens. But cloud providers such as Google, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure are constantly patching and updating their platforms to catch any vulnerabilities. Companies like CloudCheckr or Innovative Solutions can meanwhile manage your data and secure it from any possible holes.
Having a third party there to check up on security, set security protocols and patch any holes is invaluable to modern businesses, Valentine said.
“Companies of larger sizes have much more egalitarian access to technology now than ever before,” Valentine said. “The problem occurs when they don’t know how to configure them, or they know how to configure them, but they make a mistake. That’s the biggest problem companies face.”