For years, one of the biggest raps against cloud computing has been that it’s not secure enough for enterprise data, and that putting IT resources into the hands of an outsider such as a hosting provider was asking for trouble.

As more companies in a variety of industries shift resources such as applications and IT infrastructure components to cloud-based services, those fears are dissipating. Sure, there’s always risk with any kind of outsourcing and with putting trust in a service provider. But IT executives are coming to realize that not only are cloud services from reputable providers secure, they might even be safer than their own on-premise servers and networks.

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