Imogo, a cloud computing services company based out of Burnaby, a city just outside of Vancouver, is evidence that cloud computing is catching on.
Cloud computing enables global access to data from any device with an internet access, eliminating the burdening need to travel with specific laptops or portable hard drives. But most skeptics' chief worry is that of security: the internet is so prone to hacking and viruses—can highly personal data be safe there?
Many refuse to believe as much, but Imogo's president Stewart Irvine insists it is so. He says that Imogo's RackForce data centre, located in Kelowa, a small city four hours northeast of Vancouver, is state of the art and boasts a higher security level than banks. That's an impressive bar to raise. Stewart stands behind the claim, stating data within Imogo's cloud is "inpenetrable" to hackers.
With cloud data completely secured, there are really now downsides. People won't have to hold secret or sensitive data on a USB stick that could be lost or stolen. And a lot of money can be saved on hard drives—though having access to a highly secure cloud isn't free.