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Risks and Myths of Cloud Computing and Cloud Storage

Risks and Myths of Cloud Computing and Cloud Storage, illustrative photo

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Cloud computing and storage are often seen as general blessings, if not financial salvations. There are good reasons behind this claim. Cloud services are indeed usually much cheaper than their dedicated counterparts. Administration and management oversight are simpler under a single, central authority. Small businesses and startups have taken advantage, using low-cost cloud services during their first few years. Cloud platforms are critical avenues to getting started for many companies, giving them access to many customers at low cost. Many business leaders see the cloud as an engine for small businesses and job creation.

Cloud storage services are also a boon for individual users, most of whom do not back up their computers and mobile devices regularly or at all. Cheap, automatic backup to cloud storage protects their valuable data from loss.


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