06 May 2011 16:02:51
The chief platform officer of online retail service provider Shopify says the cloud is unlikely to be supplanted as the business model of the future, according to an interview with Practical Ecommerce.
The key advantage of the SaaS model, Harvey Finkelstein told the news source, is that it allows specialists in various fields to better serve clients by offering their products as-is, without the need for the purchase of physical hardware or software. Additionally, SaaS lets companies continue to focus on their core competencies without the need to branch out into territory where they might be less skilled.
Finkelstein said, however, that the cloud model still had a few kinks to work out, according to Practical Ecommerce. While Shopify wasn't seriously affected by a recent Amazon Web Services outage the way some sites were, the incident still raises concerns about uptime, he said.
Additionally, others say cloud security is still an issue to which many service providers don't pay enough attention. Moving sensitive data to and from remote servers requires extensive security measures.
-McAfee Cloud Security