Pros and Cons of Cloud Computing - Benefits vs Weaknesses

The future of computing is in the Cloud; or so we’re led to believe as companies are Born In the Cloud.  Many organisations from huge corporate entities to small businesses are turning to the Cloud and its many advantages.  But there are disadvantages too and it’s important that these are understood before your business makes the switch.

Here are a few of the many advantages the Cloud has over traditional on-site computing.

It’s expensive to purchase, use, maintain and upgrade traditional desktop software, especially if you have multiple users across a size-able organisation.  The Cloud is a much more cost effective option; choose from one-off payment options, pay-as-you-go and other scale-able alternatives to save your business a fortune in the long-term.

Unlimited storage capability
Cloud providers can offer virtually unlimited data storage space.  This means that you don’t have to worry about increasing your own on-site storage facility which saves you money and hassle.

Backup and recovery
Cloud storage providers will also back up your data for you and if necessary, restore it in the event of a problem.  This is one less thing for you to worry about and you don’t have the risk of loss of data due to theft of computer equipment or a fire on your premises, for example.

Flexibility of software integration
Upgrades and bug fixes to software you have purchased through the Cloud are usually automatic and free of charge under your contract with the provider.  You can customise your preferences and cherry-pick the options which best suit your business needs.  This means that you’ll never be stuck with out-of-date software that doesn’t do what you need it to.

Easy access
The Cloud allows you to access your information from anywhere, provided you have an internet connection.  This is great if you travel a lot with your business or spend time working abroad.

Quick deployment
This is a great trick.  Depending what you opt for, your whole set up can be fully functional and working within a matter of minutes; much quicker than having to physically set up a traditional software suite across multiple users.
Cloud computing undoubtedly has many advantages, hence its rapid growth in popularity, but there are downsides too.

Technical issues
Even the best Cloud service providers experience technical hitches from time to time and you may experience downtime and outages which can be at best inconvenient and at worst catastrophic for your business.

Security of data stored in the Cloud is the subject of much debate.  Providers vary and it’s obviously extremely important that you research thoroughly before deciding who to trust with your company information.
There is nothing on the internet that is absolutely 100% secure and information stored in the Cloud is just as vulnerable to attack from hackers and data theft as it would be if held on your own premises.  Always make sure that your provider has robust firewall provisions and other protection in place before you hand over your data.

Pro vs Con Cloud Computing conclusion
Cloud computing is certainly the way forward for businesses and does offer many advantages, but choose your provider with care and make sure you understand exactly what you’re signing up for before you take the plunge. Unfortunately; many companies will simply Hate the Cloud and never optimize their systems.

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Alison Page

About Alison Page

Alison is a small business owner, freelance writer, author and dressage judge. She has degrees in Equine Science and Business Studies.