Since my last article on cloud computing, interest with our clients has continued to grow, as have the offerings to small business with accounting solutions from New Zealand based Xero and project management from PBWorks as key examples. These join the longstanding solutions from longer established players such as Salesforce and companies hosting MS Exchange and MS CRM.
The improved resilience is now well understood, but the greatest concern from SMEs looking at cloud computing continues to be the perceived lack of security, or more accurately, privacy of their data. The British Computer Society continues to raise concerns but what most worried small businesses are forgetting, is that leading SAAS applications actually provide vastly better security than they could ever afford themselves internally. SAAS applications such as Salesforce and PBWorks have independently audited servers, ensuring proper separation of data between their clients as well as security appliances and reviews superior to those commonly in pace with SMEs.
Providing you choose your SAAS or Cloud Application provider carefully and ask the questions about security and audit processes in place, you should be able to IMPROVE the security of your data by moving it to the cloud.