Cloud computing (the delivery of computing services such as servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics and intelligence over the internet) is here to stay and it's easy to see why. With big benefits like reduced costs through the elimination of on-site data centres and electricity usage, the ability to use just the right amount of IT resources (computing power, storage bandwidth), improved performance, speed and security, reliable data backup, disaster recovery and business continuity, streamlined compliance and flexible environments for innovation, cloud computing has made countless organizations more efficient.
With cloud-based solutions and storage, police agencies can realize big boosts in their digital products' uptime and performance by taking advantage of a much larger resource base to create economies of scale and deploy rapid issue treatment. Well-known cloud service providers, such as Microsoft and Amazon, are able to provide enhanced security that is more sophisticated than what is typically available with smaller, on-site server premises managed by a group of individuals. Mitigating risks in the cloud, such as leaked information, can be mitigated by following best practices for configuring cloud environments.
Alongside storage and performance, cloud computing allows officials to login to their organization's network from anywhere, taking away the need to be on a dedicated device or physical space, logging into a virtual private network (VPN). Cloud computing also ensures organizations continue to own their own data and remain geographically compliant with data hosting requirements.
As PowerDMS states, "Gone are the days of shuffling through file cabinets and thumbing through paperwork. The cloud allows police to both access and analyze data quickly and conveniently in several ways."