Cloud computing became a very popular term; everyone is now switching to the cloud.
When it first appeared as a concept, a lot of critics dismissed it as being the latest tech fad. However, cloud computing managed to cut through the hype shifted the paradigm of how IT is done nowadays
But what exactly is “Cloud Computing”? The “cloud”refers to the internet, so when we refer to Cloud Computing we refer to the way data are stored and accessed through an internet connection, this means that people are allowed to access their data anytime and anyplace.
Why is so popular? It is a great and easy way to storage your data, but is it a reliable solution? The answer is no, not at 100%.
Like most things in life, benefits come with risks. Let’s try to understand which are the benefits and if they can outweigh the risks.
- Flexibility. The most obvious one, you can access your data anywhere and not just in the office or at home. This means a freer work life. Moreover companies are moving to the cloud because it offers them the flexibility they need to adapt to the ever changing business climate.
- Less cost More efficiency. Businesses used to manage all their IT on-site using in-house servers, computer rooms and specialized staff. Nowadays most businesses have access to broadband and other advanced connectivity solutions; therefore they can source their IT services online by third-party specialist providers, enabling programs, tools and applications to be accessible from almost any location.
- This evolution of gives businesses of all sizes the opportunity to reduce the amount of money they spend on hardware, software and IT personnel, so they can focus efforts elsewhere and be more efficient.
- Backup and Recovery. The process of backing up is simplified and more secure. Keeping a copy of all files offsite is very important. Even if business files are backed up on a file server, a hurricane, flood, fire or theft could destroy the computers… and backups. Keeping backed up files in the cloud ensures data is safe no matter what is going on at your office.
- Unlimited Storage Capacity. The cloud offers almost unlimited storage capacity. It eliminates worries about running out of storage space and at the same time it spares businesses the need to upgrade their computer hardware, further reducing the overall IT cost.
- Internet downtime.You should remember that the whole setup is dependent on internet access, thus any network or connectivity problems will render the setup useless. That’s why it is crucial to have an alternative backup system on-site that ensure you to minimize any downtime periods an get you business back in track as soon as possible.
- Security. Are data offsite data secure? No they’re not. Offsite data offer a greater chance for hacker to attack as travelling data are easier to intercept. Nevertheless with technology always improving, there are ways to make sure of better encryption. Good Cloud providers also provide the hardware and knowledge for the most current security measures.
- Dependency on vendor. It is crucial to choose the right cloud provider as many offer lock in contracts that make difficult and expensive to change the size of the cloud when is needed. This is why is very important to carefully and thoroughly contemplate all options when picking a vendor.
In conclusion despite its disadvantages, cloud computing remains a great choice for businesses especially if well contemplated with the right provider. We certainly hope that the advantages will further grow and the disadvantages will be eliminated but the future certainly looks promising.