Way back in 2008, we wrote an article about the growing popularity of software-as-a-service (SaaS) business models. At the time, cloud-based storage was relatively new. And many businesses had legitimate security concerns about handing valuable data over to virtual servers.
But more than 8 years later, the SaaS model is firmly established, with “cloud-resistant” businesses increasingly finding themselves in the minority.
According to Gartner, Inc.,
“By 2020, a corporate ‘no-cloud’ policy will be as rare as a ‘no-internet’ policy is today… Cloud-first, and even cloud-only, is replacing the defensive no-cloud stance that dominated many large providers in recent years. Today, most provider technology innovation is cloud-centric, with the stated intent of retrofitting the technology to on-premises.”
But despite the many benefits of cloud-based solutions, SaaS still isn’t 100% universal.
The Surprising Thing That Continues to Hold SaaS Back
When we say that SaaS has many benefits, we’re not kidding. Some of the more popular reasons why teams all over the world continue to use Testuff and other cloud-based solutions include:
- Costs are much lower (direct and indirect)
- Anytime, anywhere access
- Increased productivity
- Faster time to market
- Automated upgrades
- Real-time collaboration
- Data recovery and retention
- Infinite scalability
And demand for these benefits isn’t limited to smaller testing teams. Many of our larger, corporate clients also want these features as well.
At least their testers do.
But oftentimes, the management isn’t on board. And interestingly enough, they cite the very same security concerns we discussed back in 2008.
This actually surprised us. After all, local copies aren’t inherently more secure than cloud-based versions. In fact, we would argue that storing data in the cloud offers far greater protection than storing that same information on-site. But it appears data security standards have evolved much faster than people’s understanding has.
Let’s take a look.
Want to Keep Your Data Safe? Then Don’t “Keep” Your Data
Ask any librarian, museum curator, or IT professional, and they’ll tell you that local copies of “anything” are prone to corruption and physical damage.
We even wrote a piece about how New York City was subjected to extreme flooding during Hurricane Sandy. Any information stored using on-site servers may have been forever destroyed – as in 100% irretrievable.
But physical corruption isn’t the only concern. You must also factor in cyberattacks, malware, and a whole host of “digital” threats.
To protect against this, cloud-based hosting providers invest a tremendous number of resources to safeguard your data. They also build redundancies into their systems, complete with data recovery and backup solutions. Even Testuff boasts an impressive 10 data centers around the globe.
By contrast, on-site data protection must be handled in-house by the most knowledgeable person on your staff. In other words, the only thing standing between you and legions of hackers is James, the IT guy.
- Is he there on call, 24/7?
- Does he have the expertise?
- Does the boss pay him enough?
Even if you have several “IT guys” on staff, your information is still vulnerable. Remember that we live in the age of cyberattacks where anonymous hackers can break into any system remotely – including the “secure” one your IT guy setup during his lunch break.
However, old habits die hard. And management often goes with its gut because it feels safer to keep local copies instead of trusting in the cloud.
Never mind that this ends up being far less safe in the long run. And when you factor in utility expenses, training, and troubleshooting, local data storage also ends up costing more as well.
But sadly, many businesses only discover these dangers the hard way. And this especially true of larger organizations. They represent ideal targets due to their size and name recognition.
But to each his own.
Do you agree? Disagree?
Whether good or bad, share your own experiences with SaaS down below.