Cloud computing: No longer if, but when

Cloud computing gives universities expanded identity management options.

The IT industry has debated the role of cloud computing ad nauseam. Over the past few years, two armed camps have emerged arguing the perceived benefits and risks of deploying business processes in the cloud.

I’m here to proclaim that the debate is over. While on-premise computing will always serve a function for many organizations, cloud computing has become a viable, secure, and efficient way of managing technology processes that are critical to running an effective business.

This holds true for the world of higher education. At Fischer, we have worked with several major universities to deploy identity management systems via cloud computing. But first, we had to overcome several misconceptions and dispel certain myths about cloud computing among our IT brethren.

This article will explore the nature of each myth and attempt to set the record straight about operating in the cloud.  Hence, if you still have doubts or concerns or want to measure fact versus fiction, I invite you to read on.

Myth versus reality

Let’s consider some of the most common myths:

Myth #1: Identity management in the cloud is less secure
Quite the opposite. The cloud is often more secure and, in most cases, offers a more reliable and more scalable facility for higher education institutions. Most information is encrypted in the cloud, whereas when solutions are deployed on-premise, it is not uncommon for sensitive information to remain unencrypted, like administrative credentials coded into scripts or configuration files, and personally-identifiable information.

Laura Ascione