One of the benefits often overlooked is the data portability and remote access. Here are links to two articles with good overviews of the portability topic:
- In January 2008 Benn Konsynski, a chaired professor of business administration for information systems and operations management at Emory University said:
- One of the biggest advantages is that a user may no longer have to be tethered to a traditional computer to use an application, or have to buy a version that’s specifically configured for a phone, PDA [personal digital assistant] or other device. It’s likely that at some point any device that can access the Internet will be able to run a cloud-based application. Application services are available, independent of the user devices and network interfaces.
- In October of 2008, Brandon Wybenga argued the key advantage of cloud computing was not scalability, but portability.
As the discussion continues, how important is portability to your decision?