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What Good is a Cloud with No Data?

March 4, 2013

It is not an exaggeration to suggest that cloud computing is one of the most significant technological advances of recent years. The cloud has the potential to confer numerous advantages upon companies, including improved collaborative abilities, data access, processing power, cost-effectiveness and disaster recovery. Considering all of these benefits, it is not surprising that adoption of cloud technology is growing so quickly. Businesses of all sizes can leverage the cloud for a wide range of purposes, and those that avoid the technology risk falling behind their more agile, sophisticated competitors.

However, it is very possible that organizations can become so taken with the potential of the cloud that they ultimately overlook some of the challenges which must be overcome. After all, the cloud, like any other technology solution, requires planning and sufficient allocation of resources to yield the desired results.

One of the most significant difficulties that must be overcome when it comes to leveraging the cloud is the issue of file uploads. After all, what good is the cloud without data?

To this end, companies should consider investing in dedicated cloud upload tools, such as Attunity CloudBeam.

Data and the cloud
The cloud is, at its heart, all about information. The cloud is essentially a means for improving information access and sharing. Whether it is used for project collaboration, telecommuting or any of the myriad other possible applications, cloud computing is only effective when used to improve the availability of corporate files and other information.

The problem here is that most companies do not generate their files in the cloud. Instead, documents are typically created on-premises. To utilize the cloud, then, these files must first be transferred into the cloud environment.

The reason this is problematic for many firms is that legacy data transfer solutions are not well-suited for moving large files sets from an on-premises environment into the cloud, or vice-versa.

This is where Attunity CloudBeam enters the picture. With CloudBeam, companies can directly upload files to Amazon S3 and other cloud-based environments. This is true for both relatively small file collections and expansive file sets. Firms can therefore leverage Attunity CloudBeam to maximize the potential of their cloud solutions.