Cloud computing

Is a new implementation approach to deploy applications “over the Internet”, or on your private network. What makes Cloud unique is the use of shared, scalable IT resources that are allocated on a “pay as you go” basis.

Cloud computing can play a central role in managing and streamlining processes. Your company can save a lot of time and money.

You don’t need to be the owner of the computer or application. All installations, upgrades and trouble shootings are up to the provider to solve.

However, moving to the cloud presents the company with a number of risks to assess.

Risks with cloud computing operated by a third party:                                                      

  • Security. You don’t longer have any control over neither the application nor the data stored.                
  • Is your intellectual property, trade secrets, custom information etc safe?                                          
  • What would or could happen to e.g. Nokia top secret information if Huawei acquires the provider or the other way around?
  • What is going to happen if the provider goes bust? Is your information lost?
  • Do you know where your service provider is located or where the data is stored? In Norway, Pakistan, USA, Afghanistan or North Korea?
  • How do manage your export control?
  • Is cloud computing just a trap to force people into locked proprietary systems that would be very expensive in the end of day, instead of using open source software?
  • Is it easy to switch provider?
  • Is it up to the provider to decide what and what not to put on the server?

Maybe you should store vital company on your own servers and the rest in the cloud. Maybe you should form same sort of hybrid organisation?  

By using Open Cloud Computing your company could potentially cut the IT budget extensively.