Do you trust the cloud? Is your data safe in the cloud? Quick answer…yes. Short answer…yes. I’ve been talking to people for years about the cloud and how safe your data actually is. In my opinion, the cloud is somewhat unknown because you can’t see it, and you can’t touch it. This tends to make people a little uncomfortable. Let me give you a little more insight into what exactly the cloud is, and which planet your data resides on :)
First off, to put things into perspective, the cloud simply refers to software that runs on the internet instead of a computer in your office. Microsoft Office 365 is a cloud application. Netflix is a cloud application. The beauty of the cloud is that you can save money and have better performance because of the shared resources, e.g. hardware, bandwidth, etc. The hardware is usually located in a “bunker” somewhere with a redundancy level that you most likely cannot afford in your office. In the event of a crash, the cloud data is protected by large backup devices that take a “snap shot” of your virtual application, and can have you back up and running in no time at all. Try that with a server in your office that you would possibly have to find parts for, rebuild, restore, and hope you had a good backup. Could take 2-3 days to get you back up and workable.
Is your data safe in the cloud?
Most cloud bunkers are built to withstand almost any natural disaster. They are audited and certified as they are required to meet a set of standards for security and HIPAA Security. Rest assured your data is not only safe in the cloud, it is safer than in your office. Plus, the ability to restore from backup is faster, and the cost of having your data hosted is much cheaper. The cloud is here to stay.
Tier3MD has its own private cloud located in Chattanooga Tennessee. We host many applications, and provide off-site backups. Please contact us for more information.