SMEs encouraged embracing the cloud
by SAVIOUS KWINIKA
JOHANNESBURG – LOCAL small and medium enterprises have been urged to adopt cloud technology to safeguard against data loss.
The call by Steven Cohen, Managing Director of Sage Pastel, come amid reports SMEs experience some form of data loss once a year, most commonly as a result of accidents and natural disasters, data corruption, or theft of computing devices.
Cohen said most of them would be able to curtail these losses by moving their applications and the associated applications into the cloud.
He said the cloud offered an opportunity for SMEs to neaten up their IT environments and thereby eliminate many of the traditional risks that lead to data loss and systems outages.
“Many SMEs are uncomfortable about the idea of moving their data into the cloud because it means thinking about applications and information in a new way,” Cohen said.
“But using the cloud for accounting and other applications means keeping their information stored in a secure data centre where the professionals look after it.”
Cohen said despite the illusion of control SMEs get from managing their own PCs with their applications and data on a hard drive, this is often the most risky way to manage their information.
“Without the right skills at their disposal, many SMEs find it difficult to keep their data backed up, their applications patched, and their hardware physically safe from theft and fire,” Cohen said.
– CAJ News
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