Recent natural “disasters” in Queensland have highlighted the need for offsite access to an organisation’s data and systems. These disasters have reinforced the argument that cloud computing could be essential for businesses looking to protect their crucial data and IT systems by housing them in “the cloud”.


“Cloud computing continues to gather momentum with more and more reasons to embrace it and increased services to consume,” commented Kareem Tawansi, CEO of software development provider, Solentive Software.

“In reality, cloud computing has been around for some time and was first presented to businesses in the form of ASPs (Application Service Providers) around 10 years ago.

“Back then, available services were patchy and data storage was expensive and thus adoption levels were relatively low,” continued Kareem.

“As more businesses engage with the cloud, the costs are diminishing and the available services are increasing. We are now at the stage that most businesses can run most of their applications and store most of their data at suitable cloud providers,” stated Kareem.

“Personally, I’m a fan of the mixed model which means I like to keep local replicas of my cloud data. Adopting such a configuration protects me both from disasters and from a situation in which my cloud provider goes offline – (as unlikely as that may be),” concluded Kareem.