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Some are starting to say you're safer in the cloud... 

You can make a reasonable argument that you are safer parking your date in the cloud, as does Michael Capone, CIO of Automatic Data Processing Inc., in a recent IT World Canada post. It may be smartest to rely on a large, reputable cloud provider who's primary business is hosting and securing your data and whose reputation and survival as a business depends on providing a secure, reliable service to its customers.

The tides are turning. More and more, IT is being provided to business as a service, and the level of service expected is also rising. More and more, technology consumers, both personal and in business, are expecting their information technology to just work, properly. People expect their phones to provide accurate verbal and visual directions. They expect their email to be always available and up-to-date, and they expect their cloud-bourn date to be readily available to them while being properly secure from those who should not have access to it. The first reactions to news of Internet security breaches are no longer that the Internet is insecure and that this is to be expected, but to think of the failures on the part of the data hosting party to properly secure their data.

We know that information in the cloud can be sufficiently secured, if the responsible parties know what they are doing and are vigilant. The party in the best position to do this is a company whose business focus is exactly that. The era of do-it-yourself IT is waning. Business IT's role morphing increasingly into a services management role, leveraging specialists and the economies of scale to get the technical job done, increasingly better, faster, safer, cheaper than it can be done in-house. Inextricably, this is the direction we are headed with our increasingly interconnected IT infrastructure, and we are approaching a tipping point. 

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