As cloud computing and VPS applications increase in number, a variety of experts are beginning to decry new public options as being not only unsafe, but options that will replace employees over time, leading to a purely machine-driven market where personal and banking information is on display for the world to see. Recently, the CIO for the Bank of Australia told the media that he would never buy another server or rent another piece of technology that he would not use, and will never be locked to a proprietary system again. Cloud computing has encouraged companies to step away from the traditional model of dedicated and completely private servers and this has caused a wave of fear.
In fact, cloud computing and VPS technology can be just as safe and secure as those currently in use – physical servers. So long as the proper security protocols are put in place to ensure that data on any virtual machine is partitioned and a company knows that the only entity with access to its data is itself and the secure company that is monitoring it, incidents of fraud and misuse can be easily controlled. Not only that, but the fear of a “replaced men,” of employees cast out as new technology surges forward are simply not viable.
Even as technology evolves, problems need to be solved in order for it to continue to operate smoothly. SaaS and PaaS options currently have a number of I/O usage issues that need to be addressed on a regular basis by human staff, and the market is nowhere near a place where it could give up employees and run on its own. Both financially and for IT employees, the cloud is simply not so dark.
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