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Published February 23, 2012, 10:18 PM

Cloud technology makes files available for use anywhere

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It's technology at your fingertips. It's files, documents, pictures from any device, at any time, anywhere. It's cloud technology. For businesses and families alike, people we talked to say it's time to embrace it or be left in the dust.

It's technology at your fingertips. It's files, documents, pictures from any device, at any time, anywhere. It's cloud technology. For businesses and families alike, people we talked to say it's time to embrace it, or be left in the dust.

Eric Dukart is the COO of Sundog, a local marketing and technology firm in Fargo that's been named the number one place to work in North Dakota. Sundog began embracing Cloud Technology about four-years ago.

Eric Dukart – COO, Sundog: “At its core, really what cloud computing is having access to all of your data, all the time, at your fingerprints.”

Dukart says the cost of cloud computing is based on usage.

Eric Dukart: “The benefit to an organization is that it makes Cloud Computing a very cost effective and predictable way to price out your IT investment.”

Major players in the Cloud world include companies like Google, Amazon and SalesForce.

Eric Dukart: “What they've done is taken and networked a number of servers together in a remote host environment and its accessible on the web.”

Hackers have cracked the safe of many corporations recently, from Zappos to CitiBank to Sony, thousands have been compromised. So the question becomes: How safe is cloud technology?

Eric Dukart: “Typically those larger cloud providers hold every security certification that's out there.”

Arday Ardayfio – Owner, Blueprint IT Solutions: “There are the big names out there that will do everything out there to make sure your data is backed up and secure triple times.”

Arday Ardayfio of Blueprint IT Solutions in Fargo says nothing is ever completely safe, but just because your information is in the Clouds, doesn't mean it's there for the taking.

Arday Ardayfio: “A lot of people can have their own private cut of the internet that can be deemed just for them.”

It's not just a technology for businesses. Android uses GMail to back up your calendar and contacts. Apple users know with the iCloud they can access files from their iPad, iPod Touch or MacBook.

Arday Ardayfio: “Have another copy of your, documents, your pictures into a private space, just for you, that you can access anywhere in the world, at any time.”

So even in a fire, in a flood, or on a sunny day, all your data is still, in the clouds.

This afternoon, Sundog also hosted an area wide cloud computing seminar for local businesses. Speakers reinforced the idea that cloud computing is the direction most businesses are heading. Companies like SalesForce offer businesses the ability to track clients and sales from any mobile device.

Leroy Anderson – Marketing Director, Bobcat: “I would say the sky is the limit, there isn't a board room in America that isn't talking about the cloud and social media and how they can be a part of it.”

The seminar was originally scheduled for 40 people but heavy interest forced the event to expand to two rooms as more than 100 people attended.

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