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Your Thoughts on Cloud Security

Let me ask you: Whether you’re already computing on the cloud or just thinking about making the change, are you worried about the security of data stored online – versus internally in your own systems? I encourage you to comment and respond because this seems to be a major sticking point among businesses when they talk about the cloud.

I’ve heard all kinds of concerns – from the impact of the Patriot Act (which allows the U.S. government to demand details of your online activity and not inform you about it), to a perceived increased threat from hackers via a cloud’s multiple entry points.

Yet, despite doubts, cloud business keeps building. I read a recent newspaper article that cited a figure from research firm IDC noting cloud computing generated $16.2 billion in sales last year. IDC expects growth to $42.3 billion by 2012. Obviously, companies are becoming more confident about moving data from internal systems to the cloud

According to a recent article, a two-day cloud computing conference at Iowa State University in late September attracted technology experts from some of Iowa’s largest businesses, including Principal Financial Group, Hy-Vee Food Stores, John Deere and Pioneer Hi-Bred.

Why Iowa? That’s where Google built a huge data farm in Council Bluffs, and it’s also where IBM moved a technology center to Dubuque. And, in West Des Moines, Microsoft had been planning a data center, but put the project on hold due to the recession.

“For many businesses the question is not if but when to move technology out of the back room and onto a cloud,” said the article, paraphrasing James Oliver, head of ISU’s virtual reality center.

But this question of data security is one that will not go away, and, with recent stories about Google and Virgin outages, reliable access is also something folks are concerned about.

So seriously, I’d like to know what your trust level is of data on the cloud. Are you already on the cloud and is this an issue or not? If thinking of transferring business data and apps on the cloud, are you concerned, and how have potential providers helped address your fears?

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Paid Monitor CEO – Hovhannes is an international entrepreneur with a recognized and respected reputation in the high tech industry. His technical expertise, combined with his drive to build the best business/product, has positioned him as a visionary international extension of Silicon Valley.

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