Cloud Storage Falls Short in the Enterprise

Cloud Storage Falls Short in the Enterprise
Frank Ohlhorst

Frank Ohlhorst is an award-winning technology journalist, professional speaker and IT business consultant with more than 25 years of experience in the technology market. He has written articles for a variety of technology and business publications, and he worked previously as executive technology editor at eWeek and director of the CRN Test Center.

The dirty little secrets that no one ever told you about storing data in the Cloud.

If you believe the hype, storing data in the Cloud is considered the “end all, be all” of data storage solutions. However, Cloud storage (aka hosted storage) is anything but perfect. When used incorrectly, it can cause more harm than good.

That is not to say that storing data in the Cloud is never appropriate. There are certain cases where a Cloud-based file and data repository makes perfect sense–it is just a matter of knowing when to use the Cloud instead of local storage.

First, let’s take a look at the negatives of Cloud storage. This will give you an idea of when and where not to use the Cloud as a storage platform.