“You still have to pay attention to security,” he warns. “You probably want to have profile-based security, where a trainer has access to the schedule but not to the rest of the customer’s records. You will have some employees who will have higher-level access. You still need strategies like forced changing of passwords. Security can be tight within the system, but you will still want to think about access security at your club.”

Regarding data security, Zagrodzky argues that cloud-based data and services can be seen as more secure than hosted, on-site data and services.

“Data encryption, security permission levels and tokenizing payment processing will put most facilities on solid ground,” Zagrodzky says. “More and more people are handling day-to-day personal and business activities in the cloud. It is most certainly the primary way business will be handled from now on.”

In the case of outages, he says, the proliferation of devices, such as smartphones and mobile hot spots, means localized Internet outages can often be addressed by simply moving to a new location or using a different network or device.

Sean Kirby, who recently was promoted from national sales director to vice president of client relations at ASF International, offers another cloud benefit.

“An important factor for all owners is that cloud-based computing offers data that is mirrored, backed up, stored offsite and encrypted,” he says.

Wigderson perhaps sums it up best.

“We don’t really know where the cloud is going, but we know it is going somewhere positive,” he says. “It is like the beginning of the Internet. There seems to be some great potential and great opportunities.”