A full-on outsourcing of all internal data and information to the cloud is probably not the best approach, but ignoring the benefits of the cloud entirely can be costly for a business. There are differing opinions on this matter with some experts arguing for as complete an integration as possible and others pushing for hesitancy.
Paul Venezia of InfoWorld believes online data storage, compared to database processing, makes little sense for most companies. The complete disappearance of internal storage, replaced with a cloud environment, means improvement for IT, but is simply a side-product of the more substantial improvements the cloud actually offers. His argument centers around the idea that people are using file archiving and other services because they view the cloud as infallible, when they should be viewing the cloud as a technology that improves efficiency, accuracy and accessibility.
In other words, Venezia believes that actual file storage is a relatively minor accomplishment when compared to the movement of more sensitive corporate data into the cloud. A custom online database means that accounting, sales and finance can all interact in a single environment, creating an up-to-date overview of business practices at any given moment.
Database processing is a server-heavy process and moving this service online can save a large amount of money, according to InfoWorld. When it comes to random documents and outdated emails, however, the direct impact may not be as impressive. Corporate databases should be in the cloud, the news source stated, but the benefits of doing so do not automatically carry over to every facet of business life.