01 June 2011 15:29:12
Further evidence for the cloud computing confusion common to small business decision-makers was provided by a recent Newtek survey.
More than 70 percent of respondents told the company that they had not heard of cloud computing, and nearly three-quarters of those who had couldn't explain the concept. The researchers also found that similar proportions didn't back up their data off-site, which could lead to data loss in case of a natural disaster.
The company's CEO, Barry Sloane, said that the cloud is coming sooner, rather than later.
"Server huggers beware. The cloud is approaching; the security blanket of the server in the closet onsite and having an assistant backup important business data and confidential client information needs to be behind us all. Our survey this month is quite telling about what independent business owners really need to know about the cloud and how misinformed they are about data safety and security," he stated.
Experts say cloud backup can be a lifesaver for businesses affected by serious natural disasters, given that on-site options are likely to be just as vulnerable to the elements as the systems they back up.
-McAfee Cloud Security