We really can’t say it any better than Tim.
Talk about cutting through all of the marketing fluff around the Cloud push by Microsoft and others!
To top it all off he has a great lemmings cartoon too:
We are tired of all of the marketing fluff and pushing to the Cloud.
Our clients in SMB utilize some highly specialized software and IT Solutions to keep their businesses running efficiently.
A One-Size-Fits-All solution in the Cloud does not cut it.
No in-house servers does not cut it.
Not being protected from the US Patriot Act does not cut it.
- Wired: Megaupload: Feds Want to Destroy User Data to Hobble Defense
- Oops … where’s my backup?!?
There was a statement back when we were looking at partnering with the various Exchange hosting providers that someone made to me at an IT event that really stuck:
“As soon as you have their e-mail you have _them_.”
Well, take that one step further with the host’s possession of the customer’s data and the risks that having that data reside elsewhere entails for the customer.
These risks are always a part of any conversation we have with our clients or potential clients over hosting their content and/or services in the Cloud.
As Tim mentions, some services make sense to have there but others do not. So, it is up to us to wade through all of the fluff and provide the best combination of in-house and out-house (pun intended) services our clients need.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book