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  • Writer's pictureLuis S. Diaz II

Pros and Cons of Cloud Computing for Businesses


Cloud computing continues to be one of the most relevant topics in the IT industry for businesses of any size. It boasts several useful features that can be utilized for efficient operations within an organization such as scalability and accessibility. However, there are potential downsides which might make cloud computing less than ideal, such as limited control or internet reliance. Exploring the advantages and disadvantages of cloud computing can help businesses make informed decisions about adopting cloud services.

 

What is the “cloud”?


It is a popular form of file storage that gives users the ability to store and share information on a remotely accessible server. This server is hosted online, so these resources can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection. This helpful feature means that your data can be accessed from anywhere, at any time on any device. Whether it be business financials, customer data, sales history, company information, strategic documents. etc..

 

Over time, cloud computing evolved into more than just a file storage and has become Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). IaaS provides virtualized computing resources over the internet, allowing users to access and manage fundamental computing infrastructure components without the need for physical hardware or on-premises data centers. Some of those fundamental computing resources include virtual machines (VMs), storage, and networking. IaaS providers often implement robust security measures, including encryption, firewalls, and access controls. However, users are still responsible for securing their applications and data within the infrastructure.


 

Pros

Cons

Reduced Cost

Limited Control

Accessibility & Flexibility

Vendor Lock-In

Collaboration

Slower Back-Up & Recovery

Scalability

Internet Reliance

Consolidation & Organization


Security


Compliance


Automation



 

PROS

 

Cost Savings

  • Hardware: Avoid upfront hardware and maintenance costs by using cloud services. Users can scale resources up or down based on their needs, paying only for what they use.

  • Installation: Save on having either an in-house team or vendor install on-premise data solutions.

  • Operation: Cloud computing eliminates the need for on-site servers, reducing electricity, cooling, and physical space expenses. Plus the routine maintenance and regular back-ups

Accessibility & Flexibility

  • Remote Work: Employees can access data and applications from anywhere with an internet connection. This flexibility enables remote work, collaboration, and improved productivity.

  • Mobile: Cloud services often offer mobile apps, allowing users to access their data and applications on various devices.

Collaboration

Collaboration and Remote Work

  • Real-time Editing: Allows multiple employees to view and make changes to files and documents in real time. Seamless communication and teamwork among remote or distributed teams will promote collaboration efficiency.

  • Document Sharing: Ensure everyone is working from the correct version of a document and that obsolete versions don’t get passed between local source

Scalability

  • Cloud services allow businesses to easily scale their IT resources as their needs change. Whether it's expanding storage, adding users, or increasing processing power, businesses can quickly adjust to growth or fluctuations in demand.

Consolidation & Organization

  • One Central location for all company information minimizes time spent looking for resources.

  • Collaboration benefits of version control and real-time editing

Security

  • Cloud providers typically invest heavily in security measures, including data encryption, firewalls, and regular security audits. Small businesses can benefit from enterprise-level security without having to manage it directly.

  • No single point of failure. Due to the scale of cloud service providers your data is backed up to several servers.

Compliance

  • Let the Cloud company handle compliance requirements such as data locality, protection, and confidentiality

Automation

  • Scheduled routine backups frees up you and your team to focus on other important tasks.


 

Cons

 

Limited Control

  • Administrators can exert control over your applications and data but can’t alter the infrastructure.

  • EULA (End user license agreement) explains the limits placed by the provider on your use over the deployment.

Vendor Lock-In

  • Migration

    • Changing services to a different cloud provider with a different platform may expose data to unnecessary vulnerabilities.

    • Cloud to On-Premise can be rather costly as the cloud supplier dictates the cost

  • Initial efficiency costs of learning a new system.

Slower Back-Up & Recovery

  • Data is transferred with a greater degree of latency than with an in-house

system. Running a backup during times when staff is using the internet will increase congestion and reduce internet performance.

Internet Reliance

  • If your internet connection goes down you won’t have access to your data stored in the cloud.

 

Adopting cloud computing into your organizations work flow can seem intimidating. Creating a Pros vs Cons of cloud computing for businesses helped me to feel more informed and confident around the subject. Consider these points before moving to the cloud with your business.

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