Public cloud servers are insecure. There. I said it.

It’s just a fact of life that many don’t want to admit, but any cloud server on a shared environment has an inherent risk of being compromised.

If you’re considering a move to a public cloud server you need to calculate and evaluate your risk factors in advance. So now that our eyes are wide open, let’s talk turkey.

The truth is, cloud servers are only as vulnerable as the servers in your own building which are connected to the internet.  So, while there is a risk, it should be no greater than what you’re probably already prepared to deal with. In other words, if you’re using existing measures and protocols like email and web security solutions for your in-house servers – and if you’re not please stop reading and take care of that right now – then your cloud servers should be totally safe.

The good news is that the ease of use and functionality that the cloud environment brings to your business is unimaginable in a local environment. So, simply put, it’s worth the risk to move to a cloud server, as long as you address and manage those risks properly.

What are the benefits exactly? Well, to begin with, you can save hundreds of dollars in CAPEX by moving your workloads to cloud servers.  Let that sink in for a moment.

Another benefit to a cloud environment is that you can access your data from anywhere in the world, as long as you have a reliable connection to the internet. That’s pretty impressive. Also quite handy if your sales force needs support on the road, or if your executive staff wants to take a working vacation to Maui. It happens.

Finally, the cloud environment provides your everyday users with the computing power they need for word processing, reporting, or even hosting web content, with essentially no limits upon those resources.

Honestly, when you examine the benefits of a cloud environment, the pros far outweigh the cons.

By taking some basic steps your cloud environment can be secured and your business can start reaping the benefits of moving to a more affordable and cost effective solution.

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