Migrating Business Data to the Cloud
When businesses elect to have their desktop applications hosted in the cloud with a hosting service provider, they are also electing to have their data hosted with the provider. This point is not always obvious to non-technical users and those unfamiliar with the hosted application concept. Many business owners have adopted an online or hosted application solution and then realized after-the-fact that their data was no longer present on their computer. At least, no current data was present, and it was quite a surprise the day they wanted some information but could not get it because they were not connected to the Internet at the time. An important thing to remember, and the essential factor in measuring risk associated with use of cloud services and hosted solutions, is that adopting online applications in almost any form means that the data associated with (and possibly even data remotely associated with) the application will also migrate to the cloud.