Rogue clouds can lead to hidden costs

Rogue clouds can lead to hidden costs

March 20

Cloud computing remains one of the most popular technologies worldwide, especially as more firms realize the benefits of the solution’s cost-efficiency and disaster recovery capabilities. A survey of 3,236 organizations by ReRez Research found that 94 percent of enterprises are discussing implementing cloud computing, up from 75 percent in a previous study.

Although a majority of respondents are considering using the cloud, rogue clouds are a separate issue, one that can lead to hidden costs. A rogue cloud is a situation wherein a manager signs up for a cloud service without notifying the IT department. A quarter of participants said these incidents are becoming slightly more common, while 50 percent said they are staying the same and 14 percent reported they are becoming less frequent.

The survey encouraged organizations to educate employees on the dangers of rogue clouds and enforce policies to avoid similar instances in the future.

Businesses considering the cloud as an alternative to on-site infrastructure can benefit from the cloud’s pricing, which is based on a monthly subscription model. However, to truly enjoy the advantages of the solution, firms must ensure that all departments are on board with deployments and avoid rogue clouds.

Cloud backup protects mission-critical data from disasters
One of the most popular uses of cloud computing is for online backup purposes. This allows firms to migrate their most important data to the safety of hosted environments. If a disruption strikes company’s office, it can still access its information through the internet. The importance of data protection, especially among small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), is great, but many SMBs are struggling to implement it, according to a new survey conducted by Spiceworks.

Of the more than 1,000 SMB IT professionals polled, 45 percent said their companies have experienced data loss, costing them an average of roughly $9,000 in recovery fees. More than half of these respondents said the incident was due to hardware failure.

Deni Connor, founding analyst of Storage Strategies NOW, explained the significance of data protection among SMBs.

“The opportunity to provide small and mid-sized businesses with better and more cost-effective ways to protect and recover data is huge,” Connor said. “While these companies may have smaller IT staffs, they collectively account for a significant portion of the total backup and recovery market.”

Organizations of all sizes looking for effective solutions to protect their data and keep it accessible should strongly consider the benefits of cloud backup, which keeps firms operating during even the most dangerous circumstances.

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