More and more companies are moving their data to “the cloud.” In fact, IDC estimates public IT cloud services spending will reach $100 billion in 2016, while Gartner predicts the worldwide cloud services market will grow to more than $109 billion in 2012.
While the surging popularity of cloud computing is clear, there are many types of businesses with special concerns that make them hesitant to forgo the traditional local server approach and embrace the cloud. Cloud computing is ideal for managing the deluges of data handled by law firms, in particular. However, security needs to be paramount in any system deployed by a firm. This article will address the benefits of cloud computing for lawyers, which include:
- Increased capacity
- Lower costs
Flexibility of Cloud Computing for Lawyers
Today’s workforce is more mobile than ever – and this includes lawyers. Whether on vacation at the beach, in the courthouse or working at home, the cloud enables attorneys to access the applications and documents they need from any computer or mobile device, not just the computer in their office. This improves productivity and efficiency.
Increased Capacity of Cloud Computing
The cases or projects attorneys work on can involve mountains of data – from lengthy depositions to detailed records to long email strings. Cloud storage has a much greater capacity than traditional in-house storage approaches, making cloud computing for lawyers ideal.
Lower Costs of Cloud Computing
Typically, it is less expensive to have employees access software through the cloud than to purchase individual licenses and host software internally. Also, firms can avoid hardware costs when having to incrementally add more storage capacity.
In the legal profession where confidentiality is essential, security issues surrounding cloud computing cause much apprehension. However, it doesn’t have to be an “all or nothing trade” – flexibility, capacity and lower costs in exchange for security. Cloud providers should be able to address security concerns and work with you and your company to ensure a proper security framework is in place to ensure your data is safe. With a little due diligence and shopping around, you should be able to find a provider that meets the special needs of the legal profession.
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