Posted on April 3, 2015
What really is cloud computing, and why are companies of different sizes and shapes adapting to this new technology?
A cloud refers to a unique information technology environment that is formulated to deploy groups of remote servers and software networks that allow centralized data storage and online access to computer services or resources. It is said that the symbol of a cloud represents the Internet in various specifications and architectures. IT resources provided by cloud environments are committed to providing back-end processing and user-based entrance.
However, the question remains untapped. In spite of its ability to cater large and small businesses, questions arise as to how efficient it really is. With this, we’ll tackle the pros and cons of cloud computing.
Businesses are adapting cloud computing across the state by choosing particular cloud services that address their specific needs. While every cloud service is relevant, it’s nice to better comprehend how a cloud solution will serve your business’ goals.
1. Cost-efficient – Aside from increasing productivity, cloud computing maintains easy access to your data without much expenditures. It lessens your business’ cost per unit and workforce. Imagine being able to save big bucks for certain software, hardware, and licensing fees!
2. Less training for your staff – With a cloud, you will be able to globalize your workforce. Your staff can procure, access, and arrange cloud services over the internet regardless of their respective time zones. Cloud services are flexible enough to let your staff use any device of their choice.
3. Huge storage capability – Acquiring and storing information has never been this easy. The cloud provides huge storage capability so as to save your business the unnecessary hassle brought about by some “”insufficient space”.
4. Disaster recovery – Data replication is certain so you won’t have any fear of losing very important data on your cloud. Besides, most of the cloud service providers offer assistance in terms of file recovery. Though tagged as “disaster”, with the help of a cloud, this kind of disaster wouldn’t bother your company much.
5. Access to automatic updates – Some updates for your system might be covered within your service fee. Your cloud computing service provider would determine as to whether or not your system needs to be updated in a regular basis. Regarding this, cloud service providers are known to be very dynamic in determining necessary updates for your IT requirements.
Yes, cloud computing obviously has an edge over a lot of traditional IT techniques. However, like all recent innovations in technology, cloud computing also has its downside. It can be noted that while this affects all users, small-scale businesses are actually the ones who may feel most of its drawbacks.
1. No Internet connection means zero efficiency – Cloud computing is impossible if you don’t have an internet connection. Since the Internet serves as your connection to your applications, documents, and even employees, having no Internet connection means zero efficiency. Note that without connection to the Internet, you will not be able to access ANYTHING. Yes, not even your own documents.
2. Questions regarding the cloud’s security – Without a doubt, hackers all around the globe are finding even more ways as to how to gain an access to the security perimeter of all cloud providers. And when they do, all your data will surely be exposed; this may lead to numerous problems within your business/ agency.
Our advice: Secure your cloud with a hardcore password.
3. Connecting peripherals – Whoever said that connecting with a wireless device using a cloud is EASY is surely mistaken. Companies that have a strong network for peripherals are surely not affected by this event. However, small-scale businesses can hardly afford a dedicated network for peripherals; thus, speed and compatibility might be compromised.
4. Costs – “Wait, haven’t you mentioned cloud computing as cost-efficient?” Yes, it is. However, small-scale businesses find it expensive. This is true in most cases when a new business cannot figure out as to what cloud service might be best suitable for their situation; and by that, they end up picking the unnecessary service which cost them a lot (at least for a start-up business).
5. “Where’s the hard drive?”– Cloud computing comes without a hard drive. For some, this is an advantage. Still, for other users, the lack of a hard-drive is a definite disadvantage. Certain programs require a hard drive, and without it, things would be a little off and uneasy.
Cloud computing is without a doubt, one big evolution in the field of information technology. Unsurprisingly, because of its usefulness, cloud computing is developing more rapidly; from individuals using the cloud simply to store personal data, to companies who have trusted much of their IT functions into it. This could be attributed to its growing list of advantages. However, cloud computing’s disadvantages sprang up due to the fact that it is still a new technology; and new innovations need a lot more time to grow and develop. Nevertheless, no technology is ever perfect.
So at the end of the day, the question will still rest in your hands—why and why not? Based on the pros and cons stated above, would you give it a “go” or a “no”?