Do we still need backup when we move to cloud computing?
Ask your providers and ready your contracts. Every provider offers different versions of backup and recovery from nothing to everything. Some cloud applications allow no backup at all so if they are down you have nothing. Select your providers carefully and seek expert advice along the way.
David Markus, Combo
Do small business owners understand the risks they take with data and information?
In Australia we under invest in data protection at a chronic level. Our “IT services” companies servicing the industry who have come from a PC background simply don’t get it. When we look at the methods used by large organisations to protect their data we realise that small business has to cut corners as proper protection is too expensive but it is important to learn what corners to cut without risking losing the business. By the way, when I say small business I mean anything under $100,000,000 turnover. We all under estimate our risk and exposure for fear of over spending or for lack of understanding the value of our data and the risk of losing it.David Markus, Combo
Is cloud computing comparable in costs to offsite back up?
Yes when you shift to cloud solutions you will remove the need for offsite backup and so reduce infrastructure and labour costs. Your hidden costs of IT today are bigger than you think and cloud solutions are saving you more than you think while reducing risks you don’t realise you are taking. I am yet to meet a small business that has the backup they think they have. Nor have they valued their data highly enough. If you don’t believe me just walk over and turn off your server or PC and tell me what it costs you per hour, day or week.David Markus, Combo
Is cloud computing for all business types?
How can I be sure that if something happens to my provider, e.g. the New Zealand business closed down by the FBI, I can gain access to my information?
What are the risks to cloud computing?
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