Cloud Computing: Pro’s and Con’s

Cloud computing has become something that many businesses either use, or plans to use. Cloud technology can address the needs of pretty much any organization, whether it’s the public cloud, a corporate private cloud, or a hybrid cloud. And cloud solutions all have their fair share of pro’s and con’s, which we’ll be taking a look at in this post.

The Pro’s of Cloud Technology Solutions

1. Pricing & costs: Cloud technology allows businesses to enjoy minimal expenditure, and as everything can be done in the cloud, local systems have little impact on it. And it saves on budgets for typical high-end computer systems and devices.

Additionally, a Cloud-based infrastructure removes the high software costs of typical business applications, and eliminates the need for purchasing software and licensing. And of course, as cloud software is always up-to-date, it saves on the routine upgrades that your company goes through whenever an update is released, saving more time and money.

The other saving is for the high server costs involved in running an enterprise. The costs associated with upgrading memory, storage, and processors are all removed.

2. Range of access: Since it operates entirely in the cloud, apps and systems can be accessed from a wide range of devices, such as desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and even mobile phones. This not only increases efficiency, but enhances the services and experience provided to users.

3. Ready-to-go: The expense of adding new users is unaffected by the applications’ setup, installation and configuration of a new device. Cloud applications are quickly deployed on the desk of any employee ready to work.

4. Data Centralization & collaboration: Another key benefit of cloud services is centralized data. The information for multiple projects and different offices is stored in one location that can be accessed from anywhere.

This obviously affects sharing and collaboration. All your data, documents, and files can be accessed and shared whenever you and your colleagues are, which of course optimizes business efficiency.

5. Data Recovery: Cloud solutions providers typically deploy automatic data backup systems, meaning your data is always available, even in a failure. In contrast, the recovery of data when a hard drive crashes can be difficult, time consuming, or impossible.

6. Security: Cloud services use only the highest secure data centers for their solutions. And to safeguard sensitive information, the cloud uses advanced auditing, passwords, and encryption.

7. Storage: Cloud storage is free with your subscription services, unlimited, and secure.

8. Development & testing: Cloud computing allows you to test a new product, application, feature, upgrade instantly. Cloud infrastructure is always available, flexible, and scalability. And if you’re developing apps, software, or websites in the cloud, it also allows you to test, develop, and build in real time.

The Con’s of Cloud Computing

1. Internet Connectivity: For cloud computing, an internet connection is a must to access your data.

With a low bandwidth connection, the benefits of cloud computing cannot be fully realized, and occasionally even a high-bandwidth satellite connection can lead to poor quality performance due to high latency.

The internet is used for a wide variety of applications, such as music & videos, data processing, managing files, cloud printing, and shopping & web browsing. The quality of your connection can be affected when a great many people are using company bandwidth at the same time.

2. Security: Cloud computing keeps your data safe, but for complete security, talk to your IT admin team, or an outside IT consultant since it’s important to have proper safeguards in place to avoid security vulnerabilities, hackers, and other threats.

3. Agreements & Licensing: Some cloud computing vendors have non-negotiable contracts for companies, which can be disadvantageous for many business models.

4. Cost Comparisons: Cloud software may look affordable at first when compared to computer-based software, but always make sure that you compare the features of both options. Many features of cloud software can be missing or different to their desktop-based counterpart, or there may be an additional charge for those features.

5. Support issues: Cloud-based services do not always provide adequate support to their customers. Vendors are not always available by chat or phone, and email support can be sluggish at best. Many users have to rely on searching the web or the service’s online community for support.

6. Network management: Cloud computing providers do provide access to computer data such as disk utilization. But insight into cloud solutions affect and interact with your network is scant.

And if there are problems of software incompatibility it can be difficult to diagnose, unlike a typical desktop computer software installation, which can be much easier to fix.

7. Minimal flexibility: Cloud applications & services run on remote cloud servers. Although this may be convenient, it does mean that enterprises using cloud solutions have minimal control over the functions of the software as well as the hardware.

In Conclusion

Cloud technology has become a mandatory part of every business venture in one form or another. There are many benefits to cloud computing, and with careful planning, you can minimize the disadvantages that come with cloud solutions. On the surface, the pros do outweigh the cons, but ultimately the decision of which service to use depends largely on your business model. The low overall cost, accessibility, data backup and centralization, collaboration, security, flexibility, and extensibility is attractive to many, and companies will continue to grow, develop, and deploy additional solutions and resources well into the future.

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