Although there are many fears about the safety of cloud platforms, they are fundamentally as secure or even better protected than most on-premise storage solutions. This has much to do with the fact that many beliefs regarding cloud technology have been exaggerated by media reports of online attacks, and that most companies don't understand the scale at which most cloud adopters spend money on security. One of the primary benefits of the cloud for any organization is that it allows them to make use of economies of scale in order to have more storage and processing power for cheaper, but this also extends to security as well. It is simply easier for a business that specializes in storing and using data to have strong security than one that doesn't through economies of scale.

Even beyond security, the much-discussed benefits of efficiency from cloud-based services can be highly useful for any organization. The use of IaaS can be achieved in any group, even those that are not positioned as technology companies. This is because the fundamental gains associated with the cloud can benefit any group. Even if there is no specialized software in development to manage, analytics of average processing time on given webpages to track, or any computer science information at all on a given server, private cloud hosts can still store vast repositories of order information so that all data can be sent to the people who need it when they want it. The benefit of on-demand information transcends industry, as a recent Forbes article points out, and the benefits extend even to restaurant companies. Fundamentally, ordering, shipping and many logistical problems can be solved much more easily with the use of a cloud computing system that allows workers to collaborate on the exact time and dates of various shipments. 

Security and efficiency make the cloud a top choice
By empowering users within businesses to make powerful decisions on a more consistent basis, cloud-based services greatly increase the efficiency of an organization. Plus, their servers are highly secure, meaning that companies that deal with confidential or sensitive information can rest assured that their cloud client will take care of their data. A recent security article in ITProPortal by Bob Stark described the process of sneaking past physical security in most data centers as, "about as difficult as getting into Fort Knox." 

Although most security fears are thought of as the security systems that define a network being penetrated, in fact most come through access points like log-in information. The best cloud hosting companies will offer powerful methods of keeping passwords from falling into the hands of thieves, including the use of token security keys in two-factor authentication so that, even if a password is taken from an employee, it is still not enough to let them log in to the network. Many of the difficult systems involved with keeping organizations profitable while still being secure can be completely automated by a cloud hosting company. Any given organization may not need to know anything about encryption in order to have its IaaS provider automatically keep all of their information encoded so that anyone trying to snoop can't understand what is being said. Part of the beauty of cloud-based services is that they solve the technical elements of the cloud so that the organizations using the service can focus on their core areas of competency. Any business that allows a company to capitalize on their strong points will wind up benefiting them in the long run.