Understanding the Advantages of Cloud Computing

You may have some questions about running your business application in the cloud. Here are some of the most common ones.

  • What happens if I lose my internet connection?
  • Where is my data?
  • Is it safe?
  • Can I get a copy of my data?
  • Can we install a local version on our servers?
  • What if I stop paying my monthly fees?

These are good questions.

Cloud computing is catching on in a big way. Most businesses are embracing cloud computing for lots of reasons.

A good cloud application like ItemPath has significant advantages:

  • Everything is always up to date
  • Data is in a secure data centre
  • Everyone sees everything in real time
  • Items are validated / authenticated, so no orphans
  • Applications are quick and easy to implement
  • Lower up-front costs (typically monthly subscriptions)
  • It can be paid for out of operation costs rather than capital costs
  • There is no need to manage internal servers
  • Data integration is easy and often automated
  • It's scalable
  • Accessibility is easy
  • Security is typically better
  • Recovery from lost or disabled devices is a non-issue
  • No need to install and manage your own servers
  • Maintenance is minimal
  • Applications are device, platform, and OS agnostic
  • Software installations are not necessary
  • Software upgrades are automatic

But back to those questions. People do have concerns about the cloud, so let's answer them more specifically using ItemPath as the example:

What happens if I lose my internet connection?

ItemPath requires a live connection using a browser for most operations.Without an internet connection, you will not be able to run ItemPath.

What is good to know, though, is that cloud computing is typically more reliable than an in-house system.

  • Server up-time is typically higher. Host service companies have high-end systems for maintaining up-time.
  • If the power goes off in your facility, you can actually keep using ItemPath. With battery-powered devices and connections using built-in 3G, hotspots, and tethering to mobile phones, you can be connected better than with a local system.
  • You don't have to be susceptible to local network issues. Just get connected to the internet however you want, and you're in business.

For situations in which internet access is not reliable enough or not fast enough, add-on applications can run locally and interface to ItemPath to do some functions without being connected live.

Where is my data? Is it safe?

Your data is safe in a secure data centre. This is another reason that the cloud is taking off. You don't have to worry about backups. This is all taken care of for you.

ItemPath takes reasonable steps to ensure data is safe and secure. Your best approach to securing your data is in the management of user passwords.

With a cloud application, you have better control of who has access and can lock out users in a moment. Plus, your data is not stored on local devices that can get lost or stolen.

Can I get a copy of my data?

ItemPath offers a tool for you to offload your data to a local place for storage and backup.

You can also run reports to extract data in a meaningful format for historical purposes..

Can we install ItemPath on our servers?

If you are seriously interested in loading ItemPath on your own servers, we can have a conversation with you.It is an option.

This would involve paying licensing fees to install and run the program locally. We have tools that keep your version up to date with newer software versions.

What if I stop paying my monthly fees?

You pay for ongoing usage of ItemPath. If you choose to no longer pay for this service, you will be reminded that your access will be revoked. After that, you will be notified that your data will be removed.

Additional benefits of ItemPath in the cloud

ItemPath is the world's first cloud label printing program. You can see a list of many benefits of this here.

You can deploy or swap computers or devices without needing to install any software or drivers, or to pair anything to them.

There are emerging technologies that ItemPath is working on to enable automated recording of data to become part of the history of things. This is a new and exciting area that promises to bring significant add-on benefits.

Overall, the cloud looks like it's here to stay, and the benefits for most people far outweigh the concerns.